As if placing seventh out of 121 students in the 2015 Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year Awards Program wasn’t enough, 11-year-old Kaitlyn Francis had one more reward to collect just a day after graduating from Central Abaco Primary School (CAPS) as valedictorian.
Kaitlyn, her mother Deborah, and her sister Faith, all received a warm welcome at CIBC FirstCaribbean’s Marsh Harbour branch on June 16 where Kaitlyn received a $2,000 CIBC FirstCaribbean sponsored scholarship. The scholarship presentation was followed by a grand tour of the banking facility to meet staff members with Branch Manager Iris Henchell.
Nakera Symonette, Product & Sales Training Manager, expressed pride on behalf of CIBC FirstCaribbean staff members regarding Kaitlyn’s personal accomplishments. Symonette presented Kaitlyn with a personalized letter from the managing director of CIBC FirstCaribbean along with a carry-on sized bag of goodies for her efforts.
Kaitlyn was quite generous in sharing slices of her delicious congratulatory cake with her family and bank customers and staff. She also celebrated her birthday on June 8.
“Thanks to CIBC First Caribbean for helping to lower the financial burden of my parents, so that I would be able to go to high school and complete my learning,” Kaityln said.
Mrs. Francis was visibly proud of Kaitlyn’s accomplishments, and said she hopes that Kaitlyn continues to do well in high school. She was very appreciative of the CIBC FirstCaribbean and Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year scholarships that her daughter received.
When school reopens, Kaitlyn will attend Agape Christian School. Kaitlyn aspires to become a lawyer and then a judge because of the good qualities she possess and her pursuit of justice for everyone.