A total of fifty-two students who topped their levels at the end of year test for 2010 were honoured by the seven cricket teams of the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at the J.C. Chandisingh Secondary School on Sunday last.
The programme which is in its 5th year was renamed in memory of the late Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports club member Isabella Smartt passed away late last month.
Assistant Secretary/CEO of the Club Nermala Sewdat commented at the presentation: “The Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club has placed a great deal of emphasis on education and as such each year invests heavily into that section with the main aim of getting the students to stay in school and obtain an education.
The students were drawn from the Ankerville and Rose Hall Town Nursery Schools, Port Mourant, Rose Hall Town, Belvedere Primary Schools and the Lower Corentyne Secondary, J.C. Chandisingh Secondary, Port Mourant Secondary and Corentyne Comprehensive Secondary Schools and were selected based on being the top students at their different levels at the end of 2010.”
Sewdat called on students to stay in school, to be honest at all times and to do lots of research as they strive to become better students. The 19-year-old teacher by profession informed the awardees that the late Isabella Smartt was a firm believer in the value of education and worked tirelessly to make sure that each child had access to education.
Sewdat further disclosed that the Club and the seven cricket teams – RHT Farfan & Mendes Under-15, Bakewell Under-17, Pepsi Under-19, Gizmos & Gadgets Under-23, Bakewell Second Division, Metro Female and Gizmos & Gadgets First Division would continue the programme in Smartt’s memory. Each of the Awardees received educational and hygiene materials.
Ms. Marissa Foster, daughter of RHTY&SC Secretary/CEO Hilbert Foster spoke on behalf of the awardees and expressed gratitude to the club for honouring them. The young Foster pledged that together they will make education their key goal in life. She also expressed sympathy to the family of the late Isabella Smartt and praised the seven cricket clubs for upholding the memory of a great role model.
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