Bay Gar­dens Re­wards Suc­cess with Wa­ter Splash Fun

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By Michele-Lau­ren Hack­shaw

On Tues­day 23 Au­gust Bay Gar­dens Re­sorts hosted a cer­e­mony to hon­our five stu­dents by grant­ing schol­ar­ships for the com­ing school year. The awards go to the chil­dren of em­ploy­ees: Bay Gar­dens Re­sorts is ap­pre­cia­tive of its staff and con­sid­ers it a duty to re­ward the dili­gence of stu­dents who fol­low in the foot­steps of their hard-work­ing par­ents.

The schol­ar­ships are given to those who main­tain an av­er­age of 70 per­cent and above, or are in the top 10 in their class, re­gard­less of the av­er­age.

The bright young­sters also ben­e­fit from a mon­e­tary al­lowance but, best of all, they thought, was the gift of two tick­ets each for a blast at Splash Is­land Wa­ter Park! It's not all about hard work; Bay Gar­dens Re­sorts be­lieves that stu­dents need to take an oc­ca­sional break and en­joy them­selves - put down the iPads, tablets, and smart­phones and have some fun!

Gibba Ed­wards, with an av­er­age of 78 per­cent, was awarded a schol­ar­ship for the fourth con­sec­u­tive time and in Septem­ber will be en­ter­ing her fi­nal year at The St. Joseph Con­vent. Asked how she feels, she replied, “I am re­ally proud of my­self; I've worked hard enough to keep my grades up to a cer­tain score, so I feel good.”

Gibba's ad­vice to other stu­dents: “All I can say is, work hard and lis­ten to your par­ents even though some­times you might want to go hang­out, but school is first. Ac­cord­ing to my fa­ther, there is plenty of time in life to chill and have a fun time, but school is now. Work hard and ex­cel in what­ever you do.”

The other four re­cip­i­ents were Ash­lyn Theodore with an av­er­age of 76.3 per­cent, Jamil James with 80.67 per­cent, Les­lie Em­i­lien with 81.33 per­cent and Nashawn An­thony, re­ceiv­ing the high­est av­er­age of 84.67 per­cent.

Ms. Wal­trude Pa­trick, gen­eral man­ager of Bay Gar­dens Ho­tel, ended the cer­e­mony with some wise words: “De­ter­mi­na­tion. Ded­i­ca­tion. Com­mit­ment. In th­ese try­ing times, sports and ed­u­ca­tion go hand in hand so, I urge you to take some time, now that you have Splash Is­land Wa­ter Park passes, to em­brace sport­ing ac­tiv­i­ties in your life. Sports and ed­u­ca­tion - the for­mula for suc­cess.

“I urge you to con­tinue to work hard. When you go out to your re­spec­tive sec­ondary schools there will be stu­dents try­ing to match what you have done but re­mem­ber, you can ex­cel if you take time to study. What­ever is too dif­fi­cult, or what­ever you're hav­ing a chal­lenge with, ask for help!”

Of all the adults at the cer­e­mony, one could tell who were the proud par­ents - those beam­ing from ear to ear!

Proud par­ents and their prog­eny – hard work pays off!

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