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Recipient of the Hampton Old Girls Association/Wesleygammon 2009 Scholarship, Ms. Dainalyn Swaby, has called on her peers to ensure that discipline is maintained in schools, as it enhances educational development.
“It is important to maintain order within an educational institution. If there is no order, there will be chaos in the school, and it will not ensure the smooth running of the institution. It will jeopardise the students’ ability in terms of learning and grasping concepts necessary for them to become productive citizens in our society,” she told JIS News.
Ms. Swaby received the award at the Hampton 2009 prize giving ceremony, held at the school, in St. Elizabeth, on November 15.
The scholarship is named in memory of the institution’s former Headmistress, Miss Gloria Wesleygammon, a former student at Hampton. The two-year scholarship is worth $200,000, and is awarded to a Lower Sixth student for academic excellence and leadership.
Vice Principal of the school, Mrs. Evol Beckford, said that the former Principal lived modestly on the school campus for 20 of her 25 years as principal, just to care for her students, and Dainalyn is a worthy recipient of the scholarship.
“She has the qualities that Miss Gloria Wesleygammon would definitely admire, and also for the younger students to emulate. She is very involved in the life of the school. I see her as an outstanding lawyer championing the cause of the disenfranchised, or mistreated in society. If not a lawyer, I think she would do well in journalism,” she said.
Vice President of Hampton Old Girls Association, Ms. Louise Brown, informed that they decided to have the scholarship in honour of the former principal, as “we remember her as an eloquent, elegant and very generous person, who was quite a disciplinarian.”
“We have benefitted from the school, not only academically, but all round. It prepared us very well for the world, and the former headmistress, in particular, provided us with an atmosphere of discipline, of excellence, where she tried to demonstrate, through her own example, how ladies should behave with poise and elegance,” she said.
The Association also presented 17 bursaries, trophies and certificates to other top performing students at the ceremony, valued at over $450,000.

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