Young Buxton ‘scholar’ wants to be President of Guyana
Twelve year old Jedidiah Adams of Brusche Dam, Friendship, East Coast Demerara is the winner of this year’s Annie Daniels Memorial Award for academic excellence.
The award is given for outstanding performance at the National Grade Six Assessment Examinations by students attending schools in the Buxton friendship community.
The award of US$1000 is provided by Guyana-born Kerwin Charles, Distinguished Professor at the University of Chicago, Illinois, USA, in memory of his grandmother, the late Miss Annie Daniels, one of the true mothers of the village of Buxton.
This is the fifth year that the award is being presented and according to the Professor’s mother, Mrs. Paulette Charles, who was on hand during a simple presentation ceremony yesterday, the donor is especially pleased that the recipient is a boy, since over the years, girls had been the top achievers.
Adams, a former student of the Friendship Primary School, was the best performing student among all those who sat this year’s examination from the various primary schools in the Buxton/Friendship area. He was awarded a place at the St. Rose’s High School.
His teacher, Yolanda Stoby who handed over the cash award described him as a dedicated student who is destined for great things if he remains focused.
“He was always diligent, always hardworking,”
For the young recipient, the formative years of his life would have been spent during the brutal crime spree that had its roots in his community.
“He is just so composed for his age, even if he was traumatized, you would have never seen the effects of it because he was always into his books,” the teacher said.
The young man boldly proclaimed that he wants to read for a degree in law and then later vie for the Presidency of Guyana, since he believes that he could make this land the most beautiful country on earth.
He told Kaieteur News that he is relishing his early days of secondary school.
As the eldest of nine children, he has vowed to be an example for his siblings to follow and even surpass.