On June 24, Pathfinders, the local scholarship organization, held its award recognition ceremony. Bringing remarks at the event were Leazona Richard, Jo-Ann Bradley and Michael Albury. This year eleven students received scholarships from the organization to further their education in this country and abroad. Students must maintain an average Grade Point Average of 2.5 or risk losing the scholarship.
Maintaining that average at institutes of higher learning is more difficult than many of these top students expect going in. Because of this, the floor was opened to past recipients and college graduates who were in attendance. They gave words of advice and encouragement to the new recipients. Work-leisure balance, focus and pursuing all available help were some of the tips that were frequently shared.
Many parents and past recipients also took the opportunity to thank Pathfinders for the opportunities they have provided for many students throughout the years. It was an emotional morning for many.
Every year the Monty Albury Award for Excellence is presented to one student. Named for the late Monty Albury of Hope Town, the award goes to a student who particularly stands out to the Pathfinders’ Committee. This year Rebecca Strachan was awarded the honour.
Closing the ceremony, Michael Albury and Leazona Richard made a plea with the audience. They asked the current and past recipients not to forget their communities: to return to Abaco and contribute to the islands positive development. They also asked for anyone interested in getting involved with the organization to step forward, since the current directors have had many rewarding years and wish to start letting go of the reigns.
This year’s scholarship winners were:
Miranda Albury of Marsh Harbour, is the daughter of Anthony and Darcy Albury. She will be studying Business Administration with a minor in Education. She is a 2013 graduate of Forest Heights Academy where she received awards for Honour Roll, 1st place in Marine Biology, 1st place in Business, Junkanoo Participation, and Interact Participation.
Chante Basden, a 2013 Graduate of Agape Christian School. She is the daughter of Deborah and the late Keith Basden, and she hopes to follow in her mother’s footsteps of baking, by taking ‘da best yet bakery’ well beyond where it is now. She’s entered many Lil’ Chef Competitions and recently won a competition at Lincoln College this year. She will be studying Culinary Arts and Business Administration at Lincoln College in West Palm Beach
Fredrecka McIntosh is a 2010 graduate of S.C. Bootle High. She has completed her Associates Degree from the College of the Bahamas, and will be attending Johnson & Wales University in North Miami where she will focus on baking, pastry, and food service management. Fredrecka is the proud daughter of Freddie and Alrecia McIntosh.
Anthonea Nottage is a 2013 graduate of St. Francis De Sale, hails from Cedar Harbour and is the proud daughter of Kadie Mills and Anthony Nottage. She is a consummate volunteer and has been involved in so many activities throughout her high school years. Anthonea hopes to study Bio-Chemistry at Miami University in Ohio, or the College of the Bahamas.
Alexzandra Phillpot will be attending Palm Beach Atlantic University where she will study Elementary Education. Her awards: Salutatorian, Principals List, Honorable Mention: Art, Biology, Chemistry, Geography, History, Math, Religious Studies, First Place: English Language. Allie Is the daughter of George and Melissa Phillpot of Man-O-War Cay.
Rebecca Strachan is a 2013 graduate is of Forest Heights Academy. She will be starting out at The Island School in Eleuthera, and then hopes to continue at the University of Tampa where she will be studying Bio-Chemistry. She is the daughter of Janet Wedgewood and the late Prince Strachan. Rebecca was also the recipient of this year’s Monty Albury Award for Excellence.
Paytan Stubbs is on an expedition with the GGYA. She is pursuing the silver level and will start hiking in Exuma. At her school’s graduation ceremony, she received the Salutatorian Award, Outstanding Achievement in math, music, chemistry, physics. Most outstanding in Religion, Biology, Civics and Honour Roll Award, Ranger Guide Award, Science award, Head Girl Award. She will attend College Of the Bahamas, where she will be studying Bio-Chemistry. Her parents are Cleveland and Lavaughn Stubbs of Marsh Harbour.
Olujimi Ojay Scott is a 2013 graduate of Abaco Central High School. He will be attending Howard University.
Sherrie Romer hails from Treasure Cay and is the daughter of Brian and Paula Romer. Sherrie is a 2013 graduate of S.C. Bootle High School where she received awards for Top Debater for 3 years for the island of Abaco, Honour Roll Award, 3 successful BGCSE Awards with C or above, and Prefect Award. She hopes to study Bio-Chemistry at the College of the Bahamas.
Nyisha Tilus is a 2009 graduate of Abaco Central High School. She is one who has overcome some extreme odds, and Pathfinders is proud to add her among our number of supported students. She has been accepted at St. Thomas University in Canada, but will begin her studies at the COB where she will study Psychology.
Cathy Weatherford is a graduate of Mary E. Albury in Man-O-War Cay where she lives with her parents Ray and Pamela Weatherford. Her goal is to study Nursing and come back to the islands. She enjoys Mission trips and has a great heart for helping the young people of her community.