The 13th Annual Bahamas Outstanding Students Foundation (BOSF) Awards Ceremony was held at Agape Christian School’s Grace Gym on March 16. The theme was: “Keep Your Eyes On The Prize.”
Close to 200 students in the sixth and twelfth grade levels were recognized and awarded during the ceremony for maintaining a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above.
As the Abaco BOSF Coordinator, William “Tony” Davis served as the Master of Ceremony extending a warm welcome to all attendance. He also acknowledged all special guests including the president of the foundation – Former Senator Trevor Ricardo Whylly – who was in attendance.
Lathesha Clarke of Fox Town Primary School recited a poem before remarks were made by District Supt. of Education Dr. Lenora Black. She cited the honourees as students who stand out among the best of the best on Abaco, nationally and internationally, and paused to call on Donte Richard of Forest Heights Academy who recently attained the title of National Rotary Leader. She also mentioned numerous students who were away representing Abaco at various academic and sporting events.
Dr. Black commended all teachers and families who help them to achieve the one goal of the Abaco district.
“All of your efforts are appreciated, and we value and recognize the giftedness that is resident in each of you because the Department of Education is unable to singly do everything that is involved with education,” she addressed each student.
Leaving them with a quote from Sir Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, she continued: “‘The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night.’
“Only the sky is your limit.”
Senior Island Administrator Charles Moss began his remarks by acknowledging how important Abaco and education are to Dr. Black. Turning his attention to the award ceremony’s theme, he told the audience that the prize is education. As outstanding students, he reasoned that the students would all end up in different careers as they go through life, and he wanted them to know that “Abaco is proud of them, he is proud of them, and The Bahamas is proud of them.”
Malena Liberal, a student of Central Abaco Primary School, performed in a liturgical dance on stage just before the presentation of awards.
Looking out at the audience members, Davis expressed his gratitude to Sen. Whylly for allowing him to chair the awards in honour of his deceased mother Rosie Archer Davis. In fact, there were three of Davis’ grandchildren (Joey, Joshua and J’Shon Sands) in attendance one of whom received an award in her name.
The first of the awards were the Rising Star Sports Awards given to primary and high school athletes with the highest GPA at their respective schools.
Next were the Opal Awards received by sixth-grade students with the highest GPAs. Remarkably, the entire sixth grade class of Angels Academy attained a GPA of 3.0. Students with the highest GPAs in the 12th grade received the Emerald Award.
In total, there were five students who received awards for attaining a 4.0 GPA: Carson Roberts of Amy Roberts Primary School; and Shania Albury, Lachelle Lightbourn, Rebekah Higgs and Donte Richard of Forest Heights Academy.
Sen. Whylly closed out the ceremony with brief remarks and gave the benediction.