Lennon’s hard work equals success – prin­ci­pal

Jamaica Gleaner - - TUESDAY SPORTS - Paul Clarke Gleaner Writer

‘TO­DAY’S HARD work, to­mor­row’s success’, is not just a motto for Lennon High School,; it’s also a way of life, and the school’s re­cent vic­tory in the fi­nal of the Ben Fran­cis Cup em­bod­ies the full mean­ing of it all, said Prin­ci­pal Dr Don­ald Johnson.

“Some peo­ple clas­si­fied us as the un­der­dogs at the start of the sea­son. That la­bel has been scratched out. This fine vic­tory to cap­ture the ti­tle em­bod­ies in ex­actly the right way what our motto means.”

He said the dream of win­ning a boys’ ti­tle, af­ter claim­ing seven for the girls’ foot­ball team over the years, says a lot about prepa­ra­tion, dis­ci­pline and hard work.

The prin­ci­pal was full of praise for coach Mer­ron Gor­don and the rest of the coach­ing staff, de­scrib­ing them as a very spe­cial part of the fab­ric of the school.

HOME OF CHAM­PI­ONS

“This has placed us in the lime­light,” he stated, “Peo­ple, who nor­mally think of Mo­cho as a ‘back­abush’, un­known place, now see us a place that nur­ture cham­pi­ons. Noth­ing is greater,” said Dr Johnson.

He added that af­ter watch­ing his school put away the pre­vi­ous six-time cham­pi­ons STETHS 4-2 on penal­ties in the fi­nal, that it dawned on him that the sig­nif­i­cance of the mo­ment tran­scends the school.

He said the en­tire com­mu­nity and the par­ents of the play­ers, teach­ers and all as­so­ci­ated with Lennon are cel­e­brat­ing the his­to­ry­mak­ing en­deav­our of the team.

“The cel­e­bra­tion will not end to­day; this will go on for quite a while, be­cause this is mon­u­men­tal,” rea­soned Dr Johnson.

In ad­di­tion, he pointed out the school’s Par­ent-Teacher As­so­ci­a­tion, the teach­ers and the board of di­rec­tors for spe­cial praise.

“We are now of­fi­cially part if the big leagues, the elites. We will con­tinue to show how great Lennon High School is, and hope­fully, when this is all said and done, we will be crowned daCosta Cup win­ners also,” he said.

She calls her­self Ms Lennon, and here with pot cov­ers clang­ing, shout­ing and singing, she made her way to­wards Lennon High School as they cel­e­brated win­ning the Ben Fran­cis Cup ti­tle over STETHS with a spe­cial de­vo­tion yes­ter­day. Lennon high school head coach Mer­ron Gor­don is seen here par­tic­i­pat­ing in the man­nequin chal­lenge with the Ben Fran­cis Cup in hand.

PHO­TOS BY PAUL CLARKE

Lennon High School Prin­ci­pal Dr Don­ald Johnson (third left) ad­mires the Ben Fran­cis Cup, which was on dis­play at the school yes­ter­day as part of cel­e­bra­tions for the play­ers and coaches. Join­ing him was the guid­ance coun­cilor, Ainsworth Kelly (fourth right), vice-prin­ci­pal Ta­niesha Pow­ell (third right), and sev­eral stu­dents.

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