Students and residents of Abaco distinguished themselves in the E Clement Bethel Arts & Crafts Festival held in Nassau the week of October 21 -27, securing twenty positions in the top three.
In the evening of October 28 three smiling ladies, Sandy Edwards with the Department of Education, Cecile Albury Principal of Agape Christian School and Dr. Therese Bonamy mother of an honouree, returned to Marsh Harbour after collecting awards won in the E Clement Bethel Arts & Crafts Festival.
Mrs. Bonamy’s daughter, Hannah, who graduated last year from Agape Christian School and two dancers from James A Pinder Primary School in Sandy Point were among the three top honourees.
Hannah Bonamy was granted the Most Outstanding Student Award and the Horace Wright Award for Arts & Crafts. Because of her success, Agape Christian School won the Outstanding School Award in Arts.
Valencia Hepburn, a teacher at James A Pinder Primary School, received the top award for choreography.
According to Sandy Edwards, who is very proud of the students’ achievements, there were twelve national winners from Abaco. The island also produced eight second place and four third place winners. An achievement for a Family Island that only started participating in the event a couple of years ago.
Abaconians were recognized in arts & crafts, music, singing and dancing.
St Francis de Sales Catholic School produced five national winners; James A Pinder had two first places and Crossing Rocks Primary School, Agape Christian School and ECC had one first place each. ECC student, Ronel Escarment, won Solo Singing the second year in a row.
Three members of the community, Basil Been and his two daughters who sing in choir, also received a first place.
Four Abaconians, Sandy Edwards, Cecile Albury, Valencia Hepburn and Dr. Therese Bonamy, attended the award ceremony that was held at Government House in Nassau, under the patronage of the Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, the Hon. Daniel Johnson. The trophies and certificates were presented by the Governor General, Dame Marguerite Pindling.