Kennedi Knowles’ and Anajah Culmer’s high school education paid for
After narrowing the Caribbean Bottling Company’s (CBC) Carleton Williams Scholarship applicants down to four finalists, the CBC team was at a deadlock. The Garvin Tynes Primary School students were all exceptional, with amazing grades, glowing recommendations and big dreams for their futures. With only one scholarship spot available, the decision seemed impossible. After a long deliberation about the talented and bright group of sixth graders, the CBC leadership team decided to award two scholarships to Kennedi Knowles and Anajah Culmer, who each received full, six-year scholarships tenable at the private high school, of their choice.
Knowles, 11, who has maintained a grade point average (GPA) of 3.50 or higher, will pursue secondary education at St. John’s College in the fall; Culmer, 11, who maintained an average GPA of 3.3 will attend Aquinas College.
The CBC Carleton Williams Scholarship was created to celebrate the work of Carleton Williams, who contributed greatly to the advancement of the CBC as well as his community. The academic scholarship rotates annually between New Providence and Grand Bahama, and is awarded to one graduating public primary school student seeking to attend a private high school.
This is the second year the scholarship has been awarded to two people in one year. Twin brothers D’Ron and T’Ron Strapp in 2016 were the first duo to receive the scholarship after a selection could not be made between the two. They have just completed the eighth grade at Aquinas College. K. Kaiya Pinder was the 2017 recipient. She attends Bishop Michael Eldon High School in Grand Bahama.
“Our team was so impressed with the CBC Carleton Williams Scholarship applicants,” said Nikia Wells, CBC marketing manager, communications. “This year, we met some extraordinary students, who are not only intelligent, but actively involved in their schools and communities. We were extremely happy to award Kennedi and Anajah with scholarships. We know that these ladies will do amazing things in the future.”
Wells said when Kennedi, the daughter of Shanti and Kendall Knowles, received the confirmation call that she had won the scholarship, the phone line went quiet for a moment before her mother returned to the line, overjoyed by the good news and told them that Kennedi was at a loss for words. But she was soon able to compose herself to thank them.
Knowles, the former head girl, is an aspiring neonatal nurse who dreams of helping babies one day. She was head girl at Garvin Tynes Primary and is excited to attend St. John’s College in the fall.
She also created a charity that provided jackets for children in need — Kids Helping Kids. The charity raised over $2,800. She was able to provide jackets to children across 10 New Providence schools.
During her primary school years, Kennedi was also student of the year, Science Talk District Competition winner, Student Christian Movement vice president, Kiwanis K-Kids president, school choir member, a member of 76th Brownies Guide, prefect, school crossing guard and a member of Champions Athletic Club.
Emotions were also high when Culmer’s mother, Ashna Missick, received the call that her daughter had also won a full scholarship. She tearfully expressed her gratitude on her family’s behalf.
Culmer is an honor role student, with dreams of travelling the world and making her mother and father, Irvin Culmer, proud. She says that her mother is her role model, and that receiving the scholarship meant a great deal to her entire family.
“I want do well and show my parents that all that they invested in me was not in vain,” said Culmer
Culmer recently won a math competition at her school and enjoys playing tennis. She has aspirations of becoming a veterinarian or lawyer.