JIS News

Black River High School in St. Elizabeth, has awarded more than 300 students for achievements in sports, examinations and leadership.
The ceremony, which was held last week as part of the institution’s week of Heritage celebrations, saw the students receiving plaques, cash and certificates for being high achievers.
Vice Principal at the school, Beverly Green, told JIS News, that the awards were given to show appreciation to those who did well, and to encourage other students to emulate the high achievers.
“We have a number of Clubs and Societies, which seek to give support to the academics that we teach. Some of these clubs have done well in keeping the school on a positive path, and so these awards were really geared at motivating the students to continue doing well. The Science Department came in for a special recognition. Our hardworking and dedicated teachers must be commended for their role in all the successes here at Black River High,” Mrs. Green said.
Meanwhile, Regional Director in the Ministry of Education, Winston Guthrie, said he was pleased with the direction of the school, and the efforts made to recognise the performances of the students.
“I am really delighted with the progress of the Black River High School. The school has really taken off and we are satisfied that they are moving in the area of academics, sports, music and student leadership…all these areas it dominates and the Ministry is pleased with the students they are turning out. Of course, leadership is of particular note, and it is quite evident that leadership is shared at the school, and this is very important in the development of our students,” he emphasised.
A sum of $25,000, raised by teachers of the Science Department, was presented to Derval Patterson, for being the top CXC science student.