Minister of Education Ronald Jones (centre) discussing scholarship and exhibition results, flanked on either side by Acting Chief Education Officer Laurie King (left) and Acting Permanent Secretary, Guildford "Bruce" Alleyne (right).

The Government of Barbados has awarded a total of 21 scholarships and 29 exhibitions to students who excelled in the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination or in an Associate Degree programme at the Barbados Community College (BCC).??

This was revealed today by Minister of Education and Human Resource Development, Ronald Jones, while speaking to members of the press in the Ministry’s Conference Room at the Ministry of Education, Elsie Payne Complex, Constitution Road, St. Michael.

According to Mr. Jones, this year’s results showed a marked improvement over the number of similar awards granted over the past two years. Last year 18 scholarships were awarded and 14 in 2008, which represents a 50 percent increase between 2008 and 2010.?? Last year 18 exhibitions were awarded and 25 in 2008," he pointed out.

Queen’s College received the majority of scholarships, with 13 students being awarded.?? They are: Timothy Adams, Christopher Alert, Kerri Blades, Carla Crichlow, Victoria Cox, Scott Gibson, Melanie Ann Holder, Emily Layne, Tamisha Straker, Justin Weekes, Rebecca Whitehead, Jamiee Wilkinson and Moriah Yearwood.??

That school also earned nine exhibitions, which went to Christopher Bourne, Stephanie Date, Gabriella Grant, Ronn Johnson, Blondell Hurley, Ashley Haynes, Ava Marissa Lee, Olivia Dos Santos, and Nicholas Payne.

Eight students from Harrison College were awarded scholarships.?? These are: Akono Brathwaite, Nicole Broomes, Stephan Edey, Chinelo Holder, Tara Gibbons, Kristyn Kirton, Jerome Leslie and Marissa Smith.??

Exhibition winners from that institution are: Shakira Chase, Kimberlee Clarke, Cheyenne Francis, Kenton Gamble, Jason Holligan, Christopher Laurie, Karan Nayar, Sara Dana-Patel, Janine Taitt, Ravier Weekes and Liam Rice.??

Combermere student Joeleita Agard was also awarded an exhibition, along with eight students from the BCC.?? These are: Ezron Alleyne, Mercedes Antrobus, Richeda Boyce, Danica Corbin, Leandra Griffith, Janilee Kelly, Ashlyn Scott-Williams and Cecile Sealy. Cindy Williams, also a student of the BCC, received the only Award of Excellence given this year.

Minister Jones congratulated the scholars on their success and teachers for their dedication and commitment.?? "The standards have been raised and students stepped up to the plate to attain success," he stated.

The Minister also expressed particular satisfaction with the number of males awarded scholarships this year, noting that they had set a good example for others to follow.??kmoore@barbados.gov.bb

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