Jamaica News: Custos of St. Catherine, Hon. Reverend Jeffrey McKenzie, has awarded bursaries of $550,000 to 24 top Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) students from the parish, with each receiving $25,000.
Speaking at a presentation ceremony, held on September 12, at the Phillippo Baptist Church, in Spanish Town, the Custos praised the efforts of parents and teachers in helping the students to “beat the odds and attain excellence.”
“Examination is never an easy river to cross; it requires determination, diligence, patience, a purpose-driven mind, supportive principals, teachers, parents and a trust in God. Students, your sacrifice has paid off,” he told the parents, teachers and students.
The Custos, who honoured the teachers and mothers of the students recently, said he is hoping to make the ceremony for the students an annual event, to help motivate the students to give excellent performances.
Meanwhile, Regional Director at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Dr. Nadine Leachman, told the students to appreciate the gift by continuing to excel in the education system, as it is the most secured path to a good life.
Thanking the Custos for recognising the top achieving students, Dr. Leachman said he is on the right path, in encouraging the students to do well. “What you have done makes the world of difference,” she said.
Student at Guy’s Hill High School, Legecia Angus, told the gathering that the achievements came from sleepless nights, where they devoted and dedicated themselves to school work.
“We are truly grateful for the acknowledgement of our hard work,” she said, adding that Dr. Leachman’s words of inspiration, motivation, and encouragement have not gone unnoticed.
“Each and every one of us will use them to our advantage,” she said.
Top CSEC student for St. Catherine, Damario Patterson, who attends St. Jago High School, said he is “blessed and excited” for the Custos’ support to education.
For student at McGrath High School, Javoy Thompson, his success came from “self-motivation,” and emphasised that every student “must approach education with seriousness.”
Source: JIS News