- The students were presented with gift vouchers of $10,000 each
- Minister Hanna commended the children for their achievement
- The programme seeks to salute the achievements of children and parents of the UDC
Twenty-nine students who performed exceptionally well in the 2013 Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT), were honoured by the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) on September 20.
The students, whose parents are employed to the UDC, were presented with gift vouchers of $10,000 each, during the awards function, held at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston.
The recipients are: Raheem Linton, Abbygail Davis, Shavelle Shaw, Tajah Warren,Sharion Thompson, Zoya Ross, Anna-Kay Huie, Dhavin Wilson, Chadwic Stewart, Stephanie Clarke, Britney Sawyer, Zyddon Wilson, Kaaliyah James, Tesara Gilmore, Jermel Perth, Shadene Smith, Joshua Hunter, Janiel Beadle, Nakiem Miller, Mwamba Steadman, Michael Scott, Alyssa Venson, Kevesha Howell, Joyanna Stewart, Stephan Bartley, Myca McDonald, Sylvester Campbell, Malik Beckford, and Lauren-Ashley Golding.
Addressing the luncheon, Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, commended the children for their achievement, urging them to continue to do extremely well in their studies.
“All of you can become legends…and will become legends if you have courage, (always) speak the truth and always pursue excellence,” she said.
Ms. Hanna encouraged them to “take bold steps”, while standing up for what they believe in throughout this phase of their lives and in the future.
She urged the students to strike the correct balance between academics and extra curricula activities as they strive to become world leaders.
“Make sure you shine, don’t only study the books. And, parents make sure you get them involved in other activities, make sure that when they graduate from high school, (their) resumes will have all kinds of different activities,” the Minister urged.
She also encouraged the parents to keep on working with their children, so that they may continue to do well throughout high school and university.
In his remarks, General Manager, UDC, Desmond Malcolm, said programmes such as these are examples of how the corporation lives out the responsibility with which it is entrusted.
“As we honour you, we recognise the bright shining possibilities for tomorrow. You are here because already you have demonstrated your capacity for achieving the very best. We encourage you to continue in this fashion as the current world we live in demands only the best,” he said.
Expressing gratitude on behalf of the recipients, Shavelle Shaw, who is attending Wolmer’s Trust High School for Girls, pledged to continue doing their best as part of efforts to make their parents as well as themselves proud.
The programme, which commenced in 2007, seeks to salute the achievements of children and parents of the UDC, its subsidiaries and related companies for the hard work leading up to GSAT examinations.