AlphaMax Academy Senior student Reann Kersenhout was honored to be selected to speak to the nation on Republic night.
|Reann Kersenhout performing in AMA DVD|
She broke with tradition by speaking in three languages - Saran Tongo, English and Dutch. Her speech was mainly in the first two languages.
Her speech was greeted with loud applause and she got the entire audience to get up and hold hands as a gesture of national solidarity.
In his speech, President Desi Bouterse had a warning to the US ambassador to desist from his efforts to influence the next elections in Suriname. Speaking in Dutch he said that if the Ambassador needed to know exactly what he meant he would ask the young lady who spoke before him to explain to the Ambassador in English.
This is Reann's second major speech on the national stage. She also delivered a stirring call to Surinamese to forgive the past and move forward in the way Mandela showed on the evening when the nation commemorated Nelson Mandela's passing last November.