November and December were busy and successful months for Abaco Central High School. Students entered several academic contests with great results and performed in the Thanksgiving service. The activities continued into December as students of various grades sang Christmas Carols at St Francis de Sales Catholic School. The school band also performed at the opening ceremony of the Christmas Festival.
Ruby Rolle, Head of the Language Department who had been selected as Chairperson for the school, gave a synopsis of the school activities during the last few weeks. On November 7, grade 8 students entered the District of Education Spelling Bee. Keishonna Sands won first place. Lutesha Campbell was the coach for grade 8.
A team of eighth graders comprised of Meliyan Forbes, Nakajan Adderley, Vonte Larose and Quannasha Swain, swept the second place in the Friends of the Environment Science Fair, in the junior category.
Desmondo Bootle and Vinesha Larose took the first place in General Trivia Knowledge in Biology, in the senior category.
On November 25, some students traveled to Nassau to participate in the Student Essay/ Speech Competitions, sponsored by the Bahamas Financial Services Board. Malesha Joseph, a seventh grader, came first in her age group. She won a laptop and a fifty dollar gift certificate. Abaco Central High School received a $250.00 gift certificate from a school supplies shop in Nassau. Melesha was coached by Ruby Rolle.
The Spelling Bee Competition resumed at the end of November with the contest for grade 7 held on Nov 26. Charisma Prince, a student of Andrea Pert-Robinson, placed first.
The Thanksgiving Service was held on the school grounds. According to Mrs. Rolle, it was well attended by parents, PTA members and School Boards members. Most of the program was moderated and performed by students from the opening prayer to the rendering of the National Anthem, to poem reading and dancing and skit playing. The drama was acted out by a teacher, Ms. Glinton.
As a follow-up on the Thanksgiving spirit, grade 12 students gathered food items collected by other students and teachers that they packaged on December 5 under the supervision of Tiffany Barr, the new Guidance Counsellor. They will distribute the parcels to the school needy families.
Students of grades 9 to 12 performed at St Francis de Sales, singing solos and in choir as well as interpreting Christmas Carols on musical instruments, under the theme: “Rejoice in the Hope.”
Destiny Seymour and Lauralee Sawyer sang in duo at the Opening Ceremony and were backed by a foursome in their second rendition.