Drums were in place under the ceremony tent as parents and guests gathered to witness the teachers awarding certificates, medals, or small gifts to the students in their class who had distinguished themselves by their achievements during the school year.
A roll of the drums announced the beginning of the ceremony as Mrs. Vernelle Carey, acting as emcee, proceeded to welcome the assembly and call for the National Anthem to be sung and the Lord’s Prayer to be recited.
Carey immediately mentioned a small change in the schedule as a representative from Baker’s Bay Club and Marina had come bearing a gift; not a small gift but a check for $80,500 that was handed out to Mrs. Lynne Major by Dr. Livingston Marshall, accompanied by Ms. Celine Albury, Mr. Joe Petrash, Mr. Jesse Langridge, and Mr. Ed Dwyer who represented the members of the Fishing Tournament responsible for the donation. Mrs. Major gratefully accepted the gift and thanked the group, saying that it was partnerships like this that made them stronger.
Then, starting with the primary division, the teachers called the students, stating the reason for their award. There was the most improved in academics, the most improved in behavior, the most improved in communication skills, the best in handwriting, the best in attendance, the best in reading and so on. They also received awards for their success in the BJC examination. A student who always tried to maintain peace in the classroom was also recognized.
In each classroom one or more Platinum Students were recognized for their various achievements during the year. In each primary and secondary division, three top special prizes were awarded.
The Student of the Year Medal, awarded to students who were hard workers, had demonstrated initiative, and had never been tardy. Jada Davis and Ronel Escarment won in the secondary school division. In the primary school, Serena Newton received the medal.
The second award was a Student Recognition Award, which was received by Samantha Valbrun and Ashton Russell in the secondary division and by Chelsea Michel and Benji Cherelus in the primary.
The third award was the Good Samaritan Award, for students helping with problems and showing concern about the welfare of their classmates. The award recipients were Gia Adderley and Dequan Chemin for the secondary grades and Fantasia Mathurine and Henry Oliver in the primary division.
The Enterprise Award acknowledged the students who had been participating in the workshop. Small gifts were given to former students who are unable to work out of the school, but have helped in the production center. Some of them were even handed out an envelope which contained a small part of the profits.
Mr. Marsden Lawley mentioned that the All Stars Drumming Group was most likely to place again first in the country for their musical performance and Ms. Nicole DeNardin, the Art teacher, awarded the Top Art Student certificate to Bliss Ferguson.
The ceremony ended with a heartfelt song by Ronel Escarment, followed by an explosion of drum beats as the children left the tent to wander among the visitors, drumming as lively as they could.