In honour of his late grandmother Annie Daniels, overseas-based Guyanese Professor Kerwin Kofi Charles continues to support youth and community development at Buxton, East Coast Demerara.
Mr. Charles, who hails from Buxton, is a Distinguished Service Professor and Deputy Dean at the University of Chicago in the United States.
Professor Charles has nurtured several different aspects of youth/community development at Buxton for a number of years; a legacy which he inherited from his grandmother.
His parents, Reuben and Paulette Charles noted that their son has provided assistance and financial support to a number of groups and individuals within the community.
It is in this same spirit of giving back, the Charles’ said that the Annie Daniels Memorial Awards was launched eight years ago. To date, the award has provided financial support and encouragement to several of the village’s young academic achievers.
This year, Queen’s College student and top Caribbean Secondary Examination Certificate (CSEC) performer, Shaunelle Thomas is the beneficiary of the award.
During a presentation which took place in the Queens College Auditorium on Thursday, it was noted that Thomas, who wrote 15 subjects, has done her village proud by acquiring 100% passes at the examinations.
With 13 Grade Ones and 2 Grade Twos, Thomas is ranked among the top 15 CSEC performers in the country and among the top ten students at her school.
The student, who hopes to enter the medical field someday, obtained Grade Ones in Biology, Chemistry, Electronic Document Preparation Management (EDPM), English Language, English Literature, Food and Nutrition, French, Geography, Home Economics, Human and Social Biology, Information Technology and Mathematics. She gained Grade Twos in Physics and Religious Education.
The 16 -year-old student, the daughter of Pastor Terry Thomas and Mrs. Desiree Thomas was also among the top 100 performers at the National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) Examinations.
The young student pointed out that she is constantly improving in her academics and expressed sincere praise and thanks to God for her success.
The teenager was also dubbed “Best Speaker” for her involvement in her school’s debating team, last year. Thomas attended the Royal School of Music’s guitar lessons as part of her extra-curricular activities, a course which she had relinquished during her few months of preparation for the exams.
She noted though, that it was worth the sacrifice. Thomas aspires to do even better at Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE). She expressed thanks to the benefactor of the Annie Daniels Memorial Award for his “good deed and for investing in the most important resource; the human resource.”
The award, which took the form of a cheque for $250,000, was presented to the young achiever by Shebiki Beaton, a past recipient. Thomas said that the money will be utilized to purchase books and pay for various aspects of her continuing education.
Additionally, young villagers Samuel Haynes, Malkia Harris and Nickel Simon were given token awards to the tune of US $100 each for exceptional performances at the recent NGSA.
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