As outstanding students were celebrated for excellent results in the 2018 Bahamas Junior Certificate (BJC) and Bahamas General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE) examinations, Jeffrey Lloyd, minister of education, appealed to them to embrace the opportunities that life offers.
“Believe in yourself; exploit your creativity for the benefit for our country. Realize that this is a life-long, life-wide journey and you have just begun,” said Lloyd.
The awardees are the top performers representing public and independent schools from among 11,000-plus students who sat BJCs and over 6,000 who sat BGCSEs in 2018. Parents, teachers, school administrators, students and Ministry of Education officials witnessed them receiving their awards on Monday at William Johnson Auditorium, Church of God Convention Centre.
The theme for the event was “Rewarding Excellence in National Examinations”. E. P. Roberts’ 72-member primary school choir and the T.A. Thompson Junior High School Band entertained the audience.
Lloyd said the occasion was to celebrate the excellence of the students, teachers, administrators, community and policy makers.
“Excellence is not what you do, but how you do what you do.”
He told recipients that he was proud of them and warned them of the many impediments along the road to excellence, with number one being the cell phone.
“The cell phone is the number one tool for excellence and the number one tool for distraction,” he said.
He underscored that education is everyone’s business.
“It does not reside in the exclusive domain of the minister of education, the Ministry of Education, the unions. It is everybody’s business. Everybody must become involved in the process of education.”
Lloyd congratulated the parents and informed them of their fundamental obligation to encourage their children and to assist them in becoming all that they were designed to be.
Prachi Kondapuram, a student of Queen’s College, received the Paul L. Adderley award for best overall performance in the 2018 BGCSE examinations (13 As). She also received the Carol Hanna award for Best Overall Performance in the 2018 BGCSE examinations for independent schools.
The Marjorie Davis award went to Jana McCardy of Central Eleuthera High School for best overall performance in the 2018 BGCSE examinations (9 As, 1 B, 3 Cs) for government schools.
Emily Kemp of Forest Heights Academy in Abaco received the award for overall best BJC results (10 As) for 2018. She also received the award for the 2018 candidate with the best BJC overall results (10 As) for independent schools.
Ethan Bunbury of D.W. Davis Junior High School is the government school candidate with the 2018 best BJC overall results (9 As, 1 B), and is also the government school male candidate with the best BJC overall results.
Jasmine Adamson, a former student of H. O. Nash Junior High School, also achieved the best BJC overall results (9 As, 1 B) for 2018.