JIS News

Cardella Baker, a first year student at the University of the West Indies (UWI) and past student of Glenmuir High School in Clarendon is the first recipient of the Helen Stills Memorial Bursary launched by the Lions Club of the parish.
The award of $20,000, was presented to Miss Baker by Ewan Scott, Club President, at the Lions Health Centre on Foga Road on Thursday, September 25.
Claudia Samuda, teacher at Glenmuir High, lauded Miss Baker as an intelligent, mature student, who successfully balanced academics with extracurricular activities, passing nine Caribbean Examination Council (CXCs) subjects with six distinctions.
In her reply, Miss Baker thanked the organizers whom she said deserved “high commendation,” adding, “I owe my gratitude to you.”
Senator Burchell Whiteman, Information Minister, commended the Lions Club for paying tribute to the late Helen Stills, who served as principal of the Knox Community College in Kingston for over 25 years and was president of the Jamaica Teachers Association in 1995/1996.
He said the late educator was always preoccupied with “building someone else,” noting that as a Lions Club member, she believed in the “potential and future of Jamaica and was relentless in her pursuit of excellence.”
Senator Whiteman challenged the Clarendon Lions to continue to assist those “on the path to achieving excellence in their educational careers and making a difference in their community”.
Mr. Scott told JIS News that the bursary had been set up to assist high achieving students and to keep Mrs. Still’s memory alive.