Several Abaco students were among the top primary school children recognized at the Nineteenth Annual Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year Awards Ceremony in New Providence on May 22 and 23 at Golden Gates World Outreach Ministries where the best and brightest in The Bahamas were honoured.
Placing highest among Abaco students was Hope Town Primary School’s Elizabeth Ryan Knowles, who was the fifth runner up (and top public school student), followed by Kaitlyn Francis of Central Abaco Primary School as the Seventh place finalist and Man-O-War Primary School’s Aaliyah Roberts, who was the eleventh place finalist.
Ryan Knowles said, “It was so exciting to just be with all the other students. I know how hard I’ve worked and I know they have worked hard too.”
She thanked her teachers, parents, family and gave special thanks to Candace Key for all of their guidance and support. Ryan received a $2500 scholarship from The Amanda Chea Foundation to go towards her secondary education.
Kaitlyn and Aaliyah both received $2000 scholarship awards from First Caribbean International Bank and Higgs & Johnson respectively. Danielle Sands of St. Francis de Sales, also among the finalists, was awarded $1500 from Tamsin Nottage Scholarship.
Semi-finalists received $1000 scholarships and included Branae Bain of Agape Christian School, Florence Burrows of James A. Pinder Primary School, Steven Lowe of Amy Roberts Primary School and Roscoe (Rocky) Thompson of Angels Academy.
The group of 121 students from across fourteen islands were given medals on Friday night by Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling at Government House.
The Bahamas Primary Student of the Year Awards Program is a premier national recognition program for sixth graders throughout The Bahamas. The Program, created by Ricardo P. Deveaux, is designed to salute the achievements of younger students. In the nineteen years of the program they have given over one million dollars in scholarships and prizes to students across the country.