Dig­i­cel Reaf­firms Com­mit­ment to Ed­u­ca­tion De­vel­op­ment in Saint Lu­cia

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

With the com­mence­ment of the new aca­demic year 2016-2017 on the hori­zon, Dig­i­cel St. Lu­cia con­tin­ues to main­tain its cor­po­rate good­will con­tri­bu­tion to­wards Ed­u­ca­tion and Youth De­vel­op­ment in Saint Lu­cia. At its an­nual Schol­ar­ship Pro­gramme awards cer­e­mony, held on Wed­nes­day Au­gust 10th at the Palm Haven ho­tel, Dig­i­cel re­warded the stu­dents from its 2015 schol­ar­ship pro­gramme with a con­tin­u­ing ed­u­ca­tional schol­ar­ship. Each child re­ceived a mone­tary do­na­tion to­wards the pur­chase of their valu­able school sup­plies, a school bag, lunch bag, pen­cil cases and ex­er­cise books for the new up­com­ing school year.

In 2015, Dig­i­cel repo­si­tioned its Schol­ar­ship Pro­gramme from a one year, one time re­ceipt to nom­i­nated stu­dents, to an ex­tended five year schol­ar­ship, pro­vid­ing stu­dents main­tained an av­er­age of sixty-five per­cent pass rate at the end of each school year. Un­der this pro­gramme, staff mem­bers were given the op­por­tu­nity to nom­i­nate hard-work­ing suc­cess­ful stu­dents from their com­mu­nity who were most de­serv­ing of a Schol­ar­ship from Dig­i­cel. Dig­i­cel staff mem­bers will be re­quired to ac­com­pany the stu­dents whom they have nom­i­nated to pur­chase their school sup­plies.

At the cer­e­mony, the is­land’s top 2016 Com­mon En­trance achiever, Arielle Mitchel was also pre­sented with a spe­cial prize from Dig­i­cel’s Coun­try Man­ager, Mrs. Siob­han James-Alexan­der, of a brand new Sam­sung Tab E plus a Sam­sung Gal­axy A3 smart­phone. Arielle, a for­mer stu­dent of the Car­men Re­nee Me­mo­rial School who will be mov­ing on to the St. Joseph’s Con­vent at­tained the top score of 96.33% in the re­cently con­cluded Com­mon En­trance Ex­ams for 2016. Dig­i­cel is also award­ing schol­ar­ship grants to chil­dren of all staff mem­bers who were suc­cess­ful in the 2016 Com­mon En­trance Ex­am­i­na­tion. Dig­i­cel’s to­tal in­vest­ment in the 2016/17schol­ar­ship pro­gramme ap­prox­i­mates at thirty thou­sand dol­lars.

Dig­i­cel’s cricket en­dorsees and brand am­bas­sadors John­son Charles and Daren Sammy were both in at­ten­dance to en­cour­age and in­spire the stu­dents and the wider au­di­ence. John­son Charles shared a very pro­found mes­sage with the stu­dents dur­ing his de­liv­ery re­mark­ing, “In ev­ery­thing you will do in life, you must be­lieve in your­self. Don’t wait un­til the strug­gles of life get tough, start now; that way, when you are older you will be stronger and pre­pared for all that will come your way. I also en­cour­age you to never take your ed­u­ca­tion for granted, for ev­ery­thing in life, ed­u­ca­tion will be the foun­da­tion, even in sports. Truly make the best of this jour­ney and best of suc­cess for the next four years.”

Mrs. Siob­han James-Alexan­der, who also ad­dressed the stu­dents, con­grat­u­lated them on main­tain­ing their aca­demic per­for­mances: “Dig­i­cel is elated to be cel­e­brat­ing with you all here to­day for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year. We are ex­tremely proud of you for your drive and com­mit­ment in work­ing to­wards giv­ing your best through­out the school year and we look for­ward to cel­e­brat­ing and re­ward­ing you all ev­ery year to the end of your se­condary school jour­ney.

“We also deeply care about your holis­tic de­vel­op­ment as young peo­ple and we there­fore en­cour­age you to al­ways strive to main­tain a bal­ance while at school. Be open to the op­por­tu­nity of growth that sur­rounds you whether through sports, arts or any other ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­ity that you en­joy. Bal­ance is key in your life jour­ney, the ear­lier you can learn to ap­ply it the eas­ier it will be­come.”

Dig­i­cel ex­tend con­grat­u­la­tions to all stu­dents suc­cess­ful at the 2016 Com­mon En­trance ex­ams and ex­tends best wishes for a suc­cess­ful aca­demic year and be­yond.

Hard-work­ing stu­dents re­warded with Dig­i­cel school bags.

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