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  • 17-year-old, Chedukia Longley walked away with the 2012 top female achiever award for the Programme of Advancement through Health and Education (PATH).
  • Chedukia was among 27 students, who were recognised by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security for outstanding achievement in the CSEC examination and GSAT for 2012 and 2013.
  • The scholars, who were all from PATH households, were presented with cash prizes ranging from $37,500 to $150,000; trophies; and certificates for their exemplary academic performances.

“Mi likkle, but mi talawah!” was the emphatic cry of 17-year-old, Chedukia Longley, as she walked away with the 2012 top female achiever award for the Programme of Advancement through Health and Education (PATH).

The Glenmuir High School student, who gained 11 distinctions at the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examination, credits much of her success not just to her own drive and ambition, but also to the dedication and support of her parents.

“Standing here before you today is a product of Claudette Lother, a market vendor and Jeremiah Longley, a taxi driver – two of Jamaica’s hardest workers,” she stated.

The brilliant and determined young woman noted that without her parents’ selfless contributions to her education and wellbeing she would not be where she is today.

Chedukia was among 27 students, who were recognised by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security for outstanding achievement in the CSEC examination and the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) for 2012 and 2013, at the Top Achievers award ceremony held on July 9, at the Knutsford Court in New Kingston.

The scholars, who were all from PATH households, were presented with cash prizes ranging from $37,500 to $150,000; trophies; and certificates for their exemplary academic performances.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Alvin McIntosh, congratulated the awardees, pointing out that they were able to perform outstandingly in their examinations in spite of their circumstances.

He said that credit must be given to their parents and teachers for the support and guidance they provided.

For his part, Director of Social Security in the Ministry, Denzil Thorpe, said the students’ success is a testament to what can be achieved through hard work and dedication.

The 2012 Top Male Achiever Award went to another Glenmuir High school student, Peter Williams, who attained nine distinctions and one credit in the CSEC examination, while Alexandira Espeut of Hampton School and Jaleel Blake of Knox College, were named the 2012 Top Female and Male CSEC scholars, respectively.

Other CSEC awardees for 2012 included: Jomo-Rhys Gilman of Glenmuir high; Calabar High student, Keemo Yen; and Jamaica College student, Japheth Clarke.

Additionally, Kimberly Burnett of Immaculate Conception and Denbigh High student, Othniel Williams, were named the 2013 Top Female/Male Achievers. Kimberly attained 10 distinctions in the CSEC exams, while Othniel achieved nine distinctions.

The Top 2013 Female and Male CSEC Scholars awardees were: Knox College student, Toshiba Alexander; and Texroy Brown of Dintill Technical high.

The other CSEC awardees for 2013 are: Shanna-Kay Wright of St. Jago High; Immaculate Conception High’s, Sherika Anderson; Elisabeth Brown of Merl Grove High; and Kay-ann Boucher of Clarendon College.

Meanwhile, the Top Male and Female GSAT performers for 2012 were: Collen Rowe of Holy Family Primary school; and Tyasha James of Granville All-age, respectively.

Other 2012 GSAT recipients are: Ayoka Myles of St. Peter Claver Primary; Golden Valley All-age student, Jamila Wright; Lowe River Primary and Junior high student, Samoya Rattray; and Tatyanna Palmer of Allman Town Primary.

Top Male and Female GSAT achievers for 2013 were: Devin McIntosh of Corinaldi Avenue Primary, and Bethlehem All-age student Rodesha Blake, respectively.

GSAT awards were also presented to: Corinaldi Avenue Primary student, Daniela Dell; Deana-Kay Taylor of Morant Bay Primary; Shanae Graham of Middleton Primary and Granville All-age student, Troy Cardwell.

Additionally, four schools and four health centres were presented with the 2012 and 2013 Spirit of PATH Award for exemplary service and assistance to the PATH programme and its beneficiaries.

The institutions are: St. Jago Park; Spaldings; and Annotto Bay health centres; and First Hill All-Age; Chatsworth Primary; and Montego Bay High schools for 2012; while Fellowship; Kellits; and York Town health centres and Bensonton Primary; Clarendon College; and Johnson Mountain Primary, for the year 2013.

The 2014 PATH Top Achievers Awards, which was held under the theme: ‘Inspiration for Transformation’, is designed to reduce stigma and discrimination against PATH beneficiaries as well as to highlight their positive achievements and progress.