The Department of Education’s Abaco District Awards Ceremony took place at Latterrain Ministries on Jan. 26. Under the theme, “Excellence For All…Yes, We Say So!” top students on Abaco were celebrated for their vast achievements in education and athletics on an international, national and district level.
Lazaria McIntosh, a student from S.C. Bootle High School, was the moderator for the auspicious occasion. Grace Russell of Amy Roberts Primary School opened the ceremony in prayer, while the audience united in singing, “To God Be the Glory.”
Following the welcome address by Delon Hunt of Moore’s Island All-Age School, and a soul-stirring solo by Lachelle Lightbourn of Forest Heights Academy, District Superintendent Dr. Lenora Black addressed the audience with her remarks.
“Today our honourees are students of excellence who are present here. They are among the brightest and the best in our nation, in our region and in the world,” Dr. Black acknowledged. “Abaco holds its own.”
She went on to emphasize the district’s goal of the pursuit of excellence for each student in each classroom in each school. Dr. Black recalled her delight in sharing in the success of students like Twanesha Lightbourn of Abaco Central High School, Ebany Hanna of Forest Heights Academy, Amelia Gomez of Smith Memorial, Lenisse Merlien of S.C. Bootle High School and Sujith Swarna of Forest Heights Academy who received top marks in national examinations.
Dr. Black added that God has given us much in talent and resources, so He expects us to make the most of them by cultivating our gifts. She lauded the team of technical officers at the Dept. of Education, parents, guardians and community stakeholders who have been supportive of Abaco’s students. In retrospect, she thanked her brother Stevenson Jay Rolle for always believing her.
“Great teamsmanship has allowed us to achieve our goals year after year,” she noted. “Team effort is the key.
“This exercise is designed to inspire all of you to do more, and to return to school with one goal in mind, and that is to say I am going to top that.”
The awards presentation began with primary school students leading up to the high school awardees.
Highlights of the ceremony were: Brooklyn Albury of Agape Christian School as the overall top Grade 3 student in the 2015 G.L.A.T. examination; and Kaitlyn Francis of Central Abaco Primary School as the overall top Grade 6 student in the G.L.A.T. examination. Top achievers for the 2015 B.J.C. examinations were Twanesha Lightbourn of Abaco Central High School in the government school category with 5 As, and Ebany Hanna of Forest Heights Academy for the private school category with 8 As and 1 C.
In the 2015 BGCSE Examinations, top achievers were Lenisse Merlien of S. C. Bootle High School with 3 As and 2 Bs, and Sujith Swarna of Forest Heights Academy with an astounding 11 As and 1 B. As a result, Swarna attained the overall top national performer for the best 2015 BGCSE results in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.
Most improved GPA in Government Schools for the BJC Category B entries went to Moore’s Island All-Age School, which placed second.
Jessica Knowles, head girl of St. Francis de Sales School gave the vote of thanks. The ceremony concluded with the singing of the National Anthem.
Photos from top to bottom: Ebany Hanna of Forest Heights Academy received top marks in the BJC examinations attaining 8 As and 1C. ; Brooklyn Albury of Agape Christian School was the top achiever in the Grade 3 GLAT examinations. ; Lenisse Merlien of S.C. Bootle High School was a top achiever in the 2015 BGCSE Examinations for Government Schools. She obtained 3 As and 2 Bs in her results.; Kaitlyn Francis of Central Abaco Primary School (CAPS) received the title of overall top student for Grade 6 GLAT examination. She scored high marks in the Language Arts and Science and Social Studies exams. ; Sujith Swarna of Forest Heights Academy was recognized as the top national performer receiving the best results in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas in the 2015 BGCSE examinations. Sujith attained 11 As and 1 B. His mother Dr. Sherin Swarna is seen here collecting awards on his behalf.