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Posted by:Dec 5th 2002, 06:16:11 pm
Ms. johnsoncongradulations to deandra and otis u go cuz make our family proud boy. much love
ms. johnson
Posted by:Dec 5th 2002, 09:24:48 am
KifAll right, Deandra! And, Otis, congrats!!
Posted by:Dec 4th 2002, 07:46:33 pm
Fig Tree News TeamEleuthera honours achievers
By Kathryn Woodard
Public Information Unit
Eleuthera District

“Prepared for Tomorrow!” With these words, the Eleuthera School District’s motto for this year, formed a background for the recent ceremony in Savannah Sound honouring high achievers from across the island. After opening with prayer, the National Anthem and congregational singing of “It Only Takes A Spark”, those present were treated to a recitation of a poem by Grade 3 student, Vernell McIntosh from Tarpum Bay Primary, in which she expressed in a very animated fashion, her desire to be the first female Prime Minister of The Bahamas.
The honorees were then congratulated by Mrs. Marie Johnson, President of the North Eleuthera High P.T.A., by Ivan Ferguson, Administrator for South Eleuthera, and by The Honourable Alvin Smith, Member of Parliament for North Eleuthera and Leader of the Opposition in the House of Assembly. Harbour Island student, Deandra Sawyer, entertained everyone with a song and the Central Eleuthera High Band played several lively numbers. Mrs. Carnetta Ferguson, Superintendent of the Eleuthera School District, congratulated the honorees and spoke on the role parents and teachers play in motivating children to strive for excellence. Special Guest Speaker, Mrs. Veronica Owens, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, expressed congratulations to the award winners, described the points of leadership and encouraged the students to continue to work to be leaders and high achievers as they move through not only their school years but through their adult life.
The award winners were then presented to the proud parents, teachers and administrators assembled there. Based on last June’s District exams, the top three students from Grades 2, 4, 5, and 7 were recognized and given trophies. These students represented eight different schools, with the Spanish Wells All Age School placing a child in the top three at each grade level. The Grade 3 and Grade 6 GLAT results were used to select the top three students at these grade levels and the highest achievers came from Emma Cooper Primary – Chelseyann Bipat, Spanish Wells All Age – Dane Sands and St. Anne’s Primary – Kenique Pinder. At the Grade 3 level, St. Anne’s Primary had the best overall results while at the Grade 6 level, James’ Cistern Primary achieved this distinction. However, Shiphrah Deal of Emma Cooper Primary, Tyler Albury of Spanish Wells All Age, and Waysha McKinney of Saint Anne’s Primary all of grade six were the top three. Students from the Centre for Exceptional Learners at Savannah Sound were also recognized as being the Most Helpful and Most Improved Students.
At the High School level, students achieving an A average in BJC exams were honoured, with Central Eleuthera High receiving the best overall results. Elsheika Thompson and Andrea Culmer of Preston H. Albury, Kendra Culmer of Windermere High, Anderson Higgs and Sasha Newbold of Spanish Wells All Age and Petreann Hastie of North Eleuthera High were the top achievers. Students showing outstanding achievement in BGCSE were also introduced, though some of their awards were accepted by “beaming” parents as their off-spring have moved on to colleges off-island and could not be present. Windemere High received the best overall results in the BGCSE. Javan Tannis of Central Eleuthera High, Otis Johnson, Abdrea Thompson, Vanessa Brown, Holly Pearce, and Horacio Smith all of Windermere High, Lucinda Morley and Jod-ann Mundell of Preston H. Albury High were the top achievers.
Sports achievement was then acknowledged with the top boys and girls in the Senior, Junior and Primary levels receiving trophies. Central Eleuthera High, Harbour Island All Age and Green Castle Primary are the home schools of these outstanding athletes from last spring’s Track Meets.
The Grade 3 and Grade 6 winners of last year’s District Mathademics, who came from Emma Cooper and Devanna McCartnet of Tarpum Bay Primary respectively, were also honoured, receiving computers and printers for their success in this challenging Math Competition. The District Spelling Bee winner from Central Eleuthera High, Ean Johnson, was also present and received his award.
In recognizing student achievements on Eleuthera, many facets of a young person’s development were considered to be important and three areas were acknowledged at the Awards Ceremony – academic, athletic and artistic. In the latter area, students who participated in an art display and contest entitled Family Life in The Bahamas, held last May at the Adolescent Counselling Centre in Governor’s Harbour, were presented, and Mrs. Theresa Burrows, Director of the Centre, awarded them monetary prizes. Gregory Town Primary was also acknowledged for its participation in the bulletin board section of the display and the Grade 6 students of P.A. Gibson Primary received a TV for their school in recognition of their participation.
The entire ceremony reflected the high level of scholarship and talent that exists here on the island of Eleuthera and, as was expressed in the programme for the day, will “Ignite the Passion for Life-Long Learning”, challenging not only those students who were recognized and received awards to continue to achieve, but motivating many others to strive for excellence in all they do.
Posted by:Dec 4th 2002, 07:45:53 pm
‘Under da’ tree’
‘Under da’ tree’ some people are saying that the economy is weak and not improving and “somebody got to do something.” They say that the government has to help Eleutherans. That ‘we newspaper’ should be printed without Eleutherans taking ads – because we used to having it. They say that everybody and anybody that they can blame, is at fault. Except those talking ‘under the tree’, of course.
What do you say? The Eleuthera Advocate provides opportunities for Eleutherans near and far to voice their views and express themselves. Write articles, letters, and a column, create cartoons, purchase ads, submit photos, personal notices or provide information on up-coming events, activities or history in the making.
When is the last time you provided anything to ‘we paper’? If you haven’t why not start now?
‘Under da’ tree’ one would wonder if Eleutherans can’t say or do anything nice for another? We at The Sentinel know that just isn’t so, but the proof as they say is in the eating! So what can happen to unite Eleuthera? To stimulate new economic opportunities? To challenge leaders to think ‘other’ and not just ‘self’? Perhaps, in this season of harvest and thanksgiving we should be grateful for what we do have, and work even harder at unification of our communities so we can all achieve more. Isn’t it time we, as Eleutherans take action to build Eleuthera by supporting things good for Eleuthera?
In December’s Eleuthera Advocate you will have an unprecedented opportunity to express yourself. The entire issue will be published under the theme: Eleutheran’s Speak Out On The Future of Eleuthera. Submit your views to the Island Coordinator, publish your personal ads and Seasonal Greetings at special Christmas rates and get on board The Eleuthera Advocate s Christmas train.
“It only takes a spark, to get the fire glowing… let’s show The Bahamas the spirit that Eleutherans have been known for, since the first days of the Eleutheran Adventurers .
On behalf of all of us at The Eleuthera Advocate we extend you best wishes in this Thanksgiving and harvest season.

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