Mokokchung, 28 October (MTNews): Edith Douglas Higher Secondary School (EDHSS), Mokokchung celebrated its Golden Jubilee on 28 October at the Town Hall, Mokokchung. The jubilant event was themed “Onward, In Pursuit Of Excellence” and featured Rev. Dr. Takatemjen, President of NEALEAST (Northeast Alliance for Leadership Education & Social Transformation) as the Theme Speaker.
Mayang Ao, Assistant Pastor of Revival Church, Mokokchung, led a Thanksgiving Prayer, invoking blessings and gratitude for the remarkable journey of the school.
Joel, the Administrator of EDHSS, shared the history of the school in his speech, highlighting the remarkable journey of how his parents, Late A.D Jesudas and late Ayangla, initiated the school in 1973. Lanuakum, Chairman of Salangtem Ward, also addressed the gathering, congratulating the school for being one of the pioneering private schools in Mokokchung. He attested to how many successful individuals have emerged from the institution.
The Jubilee Souvenir, showcasing the school’s achievements and milestones over the past fifty years, was unveiled by Rev. Dr. Takatemjen. In his keynote address, Rev. Dr. Takatemjen reiterated the theme, “Onward, In Pursuit Of Excellence,” and encouraged the students and faculty to continue their pursuit of academic and personal excellence. He urged the school’s administrators to remember and understand the vision of the founding members, to focus on their goals, maintain communion with God, and not give up when facing failure.
Established in February 1973 by Late A.D Jesudas and late Ayangla with just six teachers and seventy students, the school has grown into a prestigious institution. A year later, it was inaugurated by Dr. Shurhozilie, the then Minister of Education, Nagaland.
The school was named ‘Edith Douglas School’ by its co-founder, Ayangla, in honor of Mrs. Edith Douglas, the wife of Dr. John E. Douglas, as a tribute to the philanthropic Douglas family in the USA, who were sponsors of the Douglas Memorial Children’s Home through their organization, the ‘World Missionary Evangelism Inc.’
In 1998, with the addition of the higher secondary wing, the school was rechristened as the Edith Douglas Higher Secondary School.
The festivities featured several performances, including a song titled “Ne Jubilee Sentsüperanga Angur” presented by the Kindergarteners. Wapang Longkumer, an alumnus of EDHSS, treated the audience to a special song, touching upon the memories and values instilled by the institution. The students of EDHSS put on a play titled ‘Small Choices,’ and the Jubilee Choir, comprised of talented voices from EDHSS rendered the Jubilee Song.