Nov 23, 2008 News
National table tennis champion, Michelle John, will soon be leaving for the United States where she will be pursuing a four-year scholarship programme.
Last Friday, Mings Products and Services, represented by Chairman Stanley Ming, Director Audrey Ford and Supervisor Joy Ann Baird, presented John with a cheque for $1.2 million as part of the company’s ongoing community development, which the company has become renowned for over the last 15 years.
The cheque will allow John to attend Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri, USA, to pursue a degree in International Affairs. It will also allow her to continue to improve her table tennis skills while studying.
The University offered Michelle John a partial scholarship and Mings Products and Services made her acceptance possible.
The cheque was presented during a simple ceremony which was held at ACDA’s Headquarters, Thomas Lands, and in the presence of the 30 Young Leaders of Agricola, Buxton and Albouystown.
Michelle who was born and raised in Agricola, was very appreciative of the gesture. Also present were several members of the Guyana Table Tennis Association including Mr. Phillip Walcott from the IDB who is instrumental in the Young Leaders Programme.
Stanley Ming said that his company and all Guyanese,
regardless of race, colour or creed, and especially the village of Agricola should be very proud of Michelle John’s accomplishments.
He said that world famous novelist Jan Carew was born in Agricola and that during these days when Agricola is much maligned, Michelle through her sterling accomplishments, is an example of what good family upbringing can do.
Michelle John thanked Mings Products and Services for their generosity and the speed with which they responded. She also thanked Eric Phillips and ACDA whom the family had approached, and gave special thanks to her family, friends and the Guyana Table Tennis Association for believing in and supporting her.
Speaking on behalf of the Guyana Table Tennis Association, Mr. Wilburg congratulated Michelle John on her acceptance to Lindenwood University and promised her that he would keep an eye on her, knowing that one of Guyana’s precious jewels was heading overseas to continue her life journey.
Eric Phillips said that ACDA was proud to be part of the facilitation process and asked the Young Leaders to follow the example of Mings Products and Services as they continue to help all communities in Guyana.
Her said that “servant leadership” is what they need to aspire to become and thanked his long time friend and Queen’s College schoolmate, Mr. Ming for his support of excellence. Mr. Phillips also noted that Mings Products and Services is also quietly restoring the playground in Agricola and will also provide the community with a steel band.
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