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  • Senator Falconer’s visit to her alma mater formed part of the St. Elizabeth Homecoming Foundation’s Students Empowerment Week of activities.
  • Head Girl, Chadene Myers, said some students will be giving consideration to emulating some of the approaches used by Senator Falconer.
  • Student, Kimberly Webb, said the Minister’s address was “helpful and inspirational”.

Minister with Responsibility for Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer’s presentation to students at her alma mater, Hampton High School in St. Elizabeth, on Thursday (November 21), has left an indelible impression on the young ladies with whom she interacted.

Senator Falconer’s visit to the Malvern-based all girls school, formed part of the St. Elizabeth Homecoming Foundation’s Students Empowerment Week of activities, which she was invited to participate in.

The Minister’s 90-minute presentation saw her relating her experience as a student at the prestigious high school, one of Jamaica’s oldest, among the range of subjects on which she spoke. In addition to the time spent at Hampton, Senator Falconer also spoke about her careers as a broadcaster, public relation executive, and current Government Minister.

Students speaking with JIS News, following the presentation, described Senator Falconer’s delivery as “motivational” and “informative”.

“She taught us life-long goals, to always have values, integrity, principles, and that with God at our side, you can conquer anything in the world,” stated sixth former, Alexandria Espeut.

Her colleague, Kimberly Webb, said the Minister’s address was “helpful and inspirational”. Ms. Webb pointed out that “her words, as it relates to being a woman in today’s world, really resonated with a lot of us; we could relate to some of the experiences that she has had.”

Nickalia Sterling indicated that the presentation will serve to motivate her to pursue her goals and “to do something and feel good about myself (especially by) helping others. It’s good to see (the exemplary) Hamptonian she (is).

Head Girl, Chadene Myers, said based on the students’ feedback, it is anticipated that a number of them will be giving consideration to emulating some of the approaches used by Senator Falconer, en route to attaining her achievements, to chart courses for their own.

“It was a motivating session; she came, not only as a past student, but as an esteemed professional. She has carried her core values that she learnt from this institution, and she has channeled them into what she is doing today. To me and my fellow classmates, this is motivating, because she was in our position many years ago; and she is telling us that we (too) can make it. We can be just like her if we put the values that we learnt here today (to good effect and) channel them,” the Head Girl said.

Khaliah Gunning summed up the day’s proceedings as “a great success” and a funfilled one for everybody.

“Miss. Falconer (presented) exceptionally well, and I learnt a lot about my career choice.  She has been in the media arena, and being a Senator, she told us a lot about that. The girls here had a wonderful time, and they have learnt a lot from what was said today,” Ms. Gunning added.