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The race for Africa’s three tickets to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro kicked off on Friday.Eight teams will qualify for a CAF U-23 Championship in Senegal later this year, with the top three teams booking their places at the 31st edition of the quadrennial multisport event.Kenya’s U23 side suffered a crushing 3-0 defeat at the hands of Botswana’s Young Zebras in the first leg of an Olympic qualifier played on Friday night at Lobatse Sports complex in Gaborone.Other first legs of the first round of qualifying will see more teams being involved in games this weekend with the winners joining the 16 teams who drew a bye to the second round.Black SatellitesGhana, the most high profile of the six, will be hosting Liberia in Tamale on Sunday without their foreign-based players, forcing coach Malik Jabir to hand a surprise call-up to striker Richard Gandze of second-tier side Ebusua Dwarfs. Liberia has been boosted by the presence of three foreign-based players, namely; Herron Scarla Berrian of Greek side, Platanias, Cote d’Ivoire-based Sporo Somah and Cooper Gaypia of the University of Mt. Olive in the United States of America.In the third game of the weekend which will be played in Kigali, Rwanda host Somalia in a regional derby at the Amahoro Stadium. It will be a first competitive match for Amavubi coach Johnny McKinstry, who doubles as the Olympic team trainer.The 29-year old Northern Irishman is happy with his charges preparations for the game against the Somalis guided by Uganda-born Charles Mbabazi. He would have Italy-based Bon Fils Kabanda, Solomon Nirisarike of Belgian side, Royal Antwerp and USA-based Yves Rubasha for the game.The second leg matches will take place in a fortnight.FIXTURES FRIDAYBotswana 3-0 KenyaSATURDAYRwanda vs SomaliaSUNDAY Ghana vs Liberia– Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmith
And most importantly, congratulations to the MVRHS Class of 2020. We have enjoyed our time with you these past 4 years, we will miss you and we look forward to seeing the impact you make in our world.Sara Dingledy, PrincipalNoelle Warburton – Administrative AssistantAmy Lilavois – Class of 2020 AdvisorMatt Malowski – Class of 2020 Advisor To the Editor: The MVRHS Class of 2020 has graduated. On Sunday, July 26, 155 students walked across a stage and received their diplomas. Over 200 cars seated with family members watched on a giant LED screen while their graduates, wearing caps and gowns, sat in chairs placed 6 feet apart and family members near and far live-streamed the event. In the spring, an overwhelming majority of students had expressed their want for an in-person graduation. We weren’t sure it could happen but we were determined to try. After four months of monitoring the state’s shifting health and safety guidelines, an immense amount of anxiety and patience on the part of everyone involved, and an incredible community effort, we pulled it off. The graduating class and their families participated in a one of a kind, in-person, socially-distanced, memorable event that will not soon be forgotten.None of this would have been possible without the support and generosity of so many Island individuals and organizations. To the West Tisbury Select Board — thank you for approving this event without a blink of an eye; to Omar Johnson and the West Tisbury Board of Health and to the West Tisbury Police Department — we thank you for your guidance and patience with our planning; to Kristina West and Chris Lyons of the MV Agricultural Society — thank you for your flexibility and your guidance working with a group of educators who have never before parked cars or organized an event of this size; to the abutting neighbors of the Ag Hall — thank you for the permission to hold this event; MVTV — thank you for editing the video tribute, filming the event to be live streamed for those who couldn’t attend and for volunteering all of your time; to Charlie Esposito for his calming presence and his expertise in all areas technical; Maria Thibodeau, Chris Baer, and Kate Hennigan for capturing the moment on film and video; to MV United Soccer, Point B Realty, Amy Upton and Corona Stompers, MV Social Justice Leadership Foundation, MVCS, MV Youth Task Force, Johnny Cupcakes, Patti Leighton and MV Bank, the parents of the Class of 2020 and countless other generous individuals, thank you for donating time and money to support our students.