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Templeton awards essay competition winners

The Templeton World Charity Foundation, in conjunction with the Ministry of Education, recently held the Laws of Life Essay Competition Awards Ceremony at the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort.

Out of an original 719 entrants, Shannon Williams, a student of Faith Temple Christian Academy, won the senior division and Janell Watkins, a student of St. John’s College, won the junior division. Williams also won an Apple iPad and $1,000.  Along with winning the junior division, Watkins won a mini-laptop computer and $750.

The competition was judged on content and mechanics.  The judges were Pastor Allan Lee, Fr. Michael Gittens and Glenda Rolle.  There were also 10 essay markers from the Writing Unit of the Ministry of Education.  They were: Pauline Johnson, Sharmane Miller, Sheralyn Anderson, Geta Williams, Vernell Nottage, Errie Samaroo, Wendy Bowe, Charmane Burrows and Shantell Evans.

Ragged Island All-Age School won $3,000 for having the most essay entries.  It was also mentioned that this school had 100 percent student participation.

For having the winning student in the senior division, Faith Temple was given a check for $3,000 and the school of the second place winner in the senior division, Aquinas College, received a $2,000 check.

Dr. Jack Templeton, son of foundation founder Sir John Templeton, reminisced on things his father told him while he was growing up.  He said one of the main things he learned from Sir John was to, “Always be of good character.”  He said he wished his father, who is deceased, was there at the awards ceremony, as his father’s “concepts of the laws of life were priceless.”

Honorary mention was given to students from the following schools for their participation in the competition: N.G.M. Major High School, Aquinas College, St. Augustine’s College, S.C. Bootle High School, Nassau Christian Academy, Kingsway Academy, Queen’s College, T.A. Thompson Junior High School, St. John’s College, St. George’s High School, Temple Christian School, Bahamas Academy and St. George’s High School.

The Salvation Army Nassau Citadel Band played at the awards ceremony.

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