Jackline Jean-Jacques and Dremiko McIntosh were the worthy recipients of a $500 scholarship and plaque from Patrick Bethel, patron of the school – Patrick J. Bethel High School – they both graduated from last month.
McIntosh and Jean-Jacques received recognition as the most outstanding male and female graduates, respectively, during their graduation.
However, it was an even more historic moment for them on July 17 when Bethel visited the school to personally present plaques to them.
Both graduates were visibly pleased by Bethel’s generosity.
Bethel explained that he approached the school’s administration asking them to identify the most outstanding male and female students: Dremiko McIntosh and Jackline Jean-Jacques were the results.
“We both thank you,” McIntosh expressed. “We are proud – we’ve come from far.”
Jean-Jacques stated: “We are thankful for the recognition and for Mr. Bethel’s donation.”
Meanwhile, Principal Ricardo Ferguson said he was appreciative to Bethel for taking the time to present such a gesture of goodwill to the graduates.
“Dremiko has come a long way, and he is a young man with leadership qualities who I hope will come back and help,” Ferguson acknowledged. “I hope people can see the potential in our children, and do something to help them get on their way.
“I hope they find ways to build them up, put their money and heart where these children are, and I hope that persons in our community will assist them yearly.”
As for their collegiate pursuits, Jean-Jacques will pursue a double major in psychology and nursing, McIntosh plans to earn a degree in physical education.