Youth Awarded for Ex­cel­lence at Na­tional Awards

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By Clau­dia Elei­box

The No­bel Lau­re­ate Fes­ti­val re­mains as “fes­tive” as the chair­per­son of the com­mit­tee, Her Ex­cel­lency Dame Pear­lette Louisy, promised. The event con­tin­ued this week with the Na­tional Awards of Ex­cel­lence 2017 which fol­lowed the theme “Cel­e­brat­ing Ex­cel­lence: Fos­ter­ing Na­tional Pride”. The awards cer­e­mony was hosted at the Na­tional Cul­tural Cen­tre on Tues­day, Jan­uary 17th by the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, In­no­va­tion, Gen­der Re­la­tions and Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment in con­junc­tion with the No­bel Lau­re­ate Fes­ti­val Com­mit­tee. At­ten­dees in­cluded stu­dents, teach­ers, awardees, min­istry rep­re­sen­ta­tives, spon­sors and, of course, very proud par­ents.

To be­gin: a heart­warm­ing pre­sen­ta­tion by neatly uni­formed chil­dren from the Kid­dies Head­start Early Child­hood Cen­tre, who gave the open­ing prayer and song. Be­fore leav­ing the stage the lit­tle ones en­sured every­one was shar­ing gen­uine smiles.

In her open­ing re­marks, Hon­ourable Min­is­ter Gale Rigob­ert ex­pressed delight in the achieve­ment and ex­cel­lence of our coun­try’s stu­dents and teach­ers. She re­marked that Saint Lu­cia, for twenty-four years, had been cel­e­brat­ing the suc­cess of two No­bel Lau­re­ates, but it should not stop there. Gale Rigob­ert be­lieves that she will wit­ness the cel­e­bra­tion of the is­land’s third No­bel Prize win­ner, who­ever it may be.

Stu­dents who ex­celled in the re­gional Caribbean Ex­am­i­na­tions Coun­cil (CXC/ CSEC/CAPE) and Cam­bridge ex­am­i­na­tions since Jan­uary last year were dec­o­rated with tro­phies and cer­tifi­cates of na­tional recog­ni­tion. Ta­pion School and Dame Pear­lette Louisy Pri­mary School were awarded for be­ing the top per­form­ing schools in the Com­mon En­trance Ex­am­i­na­tions while Arielle Mitchell was recog­nised for be­ing the top per­former.

Stu­dents Dion Re­cai, Soiven­sky Joseph, Cheyenne Quin­lan and Daniel Cot­ter’s names will be re­mem­bered for a while af­ter last Tues­day. They re­ceived nu­mer­ous out­stand­ing sub­ject per­for­mance awards and the Mis­tress of Cer­e­monies, Ms. Ruth Fevrier, also noted that they all ranked in the top ten re­gion­ally in their re­spec­tive sub­jects.

Some schools were more prom­i­nent than oth­ers; plenty of awardees pre­vi­ously at­tended the St. Joseph’s Con­vent, St. Mary’s Col­lege and Vieux Fort Sec­ondary School.

St. Joseph’s Con­vent was awarded for be­ing the top per­form­ing school for CXC.

Awards were pre­sented to stu­dents and schools by var­i­ous ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cers and spon­sors namely Dig­i­cel, Trade Ex­port Pro­mo­tion Agency (TEPA),

Tak­ing turns in the spot­light to re­cite their line of prayer.

Work hard to­gether, play hard to­gether. Brother­hood of Ju­ve­nile Change col­lect­ing an award for Out­stand­ing Con­tri­bu­tion to Spe­cial Ed­u­ca­tion.

Cas­tries Com­pre­hen­sive Sec­ondary School stu­dents proudly in at­ten­dance to sup­port past school­mates.

Ms. Michelle Charles, Act­ing Deputy Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary in Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, de­liv­er­ing the vote of thanks.

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