At the National Education Awards in Nassau on February a large number of Abaco students were honored for excellent grades on their BJC’s and BGCSE’s with Forest Heights Academy (FHA) having ten students honored for having five A’s or above.
In what may be one of the best ever BJC (Bahamas Junior Certificate) results, Emily Kemp received ten A’s, while the second-best results recorded nationally in 2018 were earned by Roscoe ‘Rocky” Thompson IV who had 9 A’s and 1 B; previous best earned nationally is said to have been eight A’s and two B’s.
FHA Principal James Richard remarked his pride in the students as he noted that they earned six top subject awards in the country, and ten students were recognized for having five A’s or above, with the top BJC results for Abaco coming from Emily Kemp and top BGCSE for the island by Ebany Hanna.
Emily said “it meant a lot to me because I knew I did well, I just didn’t think I did the best nationwide.”
She said she credits her natural ability to remember information easily, and also the assistance of teachers holding after school classes.
She thanked her parents, especially her mom who was always helping by testing her and the work the teachers put in to help her prepare.
Rocky said that aside from receiving an award for having more than five A’s he also was top in Math and Crafts for The Bahamas.
“It meant a lot as often the family islands don’t get top in the country, so having a first and second best come from here is really special,” he said.
He added that it was hard work both on his and the teacher’s part to make sure they succeeded, going over past BJC papers and working hard on coursework to “make sure we did our best.”
He thanked his mom and dad and grandpa for always encouraging him to work hard and the teachers for doing their part to make sure they learned the information they needed.
Receiving awards for earning five or more A’s in their BJC results from FHA were Emily Kemp, Rocky Thompson, Ryan Knowles, Samantha Sawyer, Don Boodle, Branae Bain and Kaylee Roberts.
Receiving awards for earning five or more A’s in their BGCSE results from FHA were Ebany Hannah, Brianna Sweeting and Tierra Bethel.