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The number of Barbados Scholarship, Exhibition and Award of Excellence winners increased this year, with Queen’s College capturing the lion’s share of 22 of the 51 awards.
With a 50 per cent increase in the number of scholarships between 2008 and 2010, Minister of Education Ronald Jones said the results this year are “outstanding”.
Minister Jones’ comments came yesterday at a press conference at the Ministry of Education’s headquarters at Constitution Road, St. Michael to announce the winners of the Barbados Scholarships and Exhibitions for 2010.
Queen’s College obtained 13 scholarships and nine exhibitions. The scholarship recipients from Queen’s College 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.
The Queen’s College Exhibition winners are: Christopher Bourne, Stephanie Date, Gabriella Grant, Ronn Johnson, Blondell Hurley, Ashley Haynes, Ava Marissa Lee, Olivia Dos Santos and Nicholas Payne.
Harrison College claimed eight scholarships and 11 exhibitions. The Harrison College scholarship winners are: Akono Brathwaite, Nicole Broomes, Stephan Edey, Chinelo Holder, Tara Gibbons, Kristyn Kirton, Jerome Leslie and Marissa Smith.
In terms of the Exhibitions, the recipients from Harrison College are: Shakira Chase, Kimberlee Clarke, Cheyanne Francis, Kenton Gamble, Jason Holligan, Christopher Laurie, Karan Nayar, Sara Dana-Patel, Janine Taitt, Ravier Weekes and Liam Rice.
The Barbados Community College obtained eight Exhibitions and one Award of Excellence. The Exhibition winners are: Ezron Alleyne, Mercedes Antrobus, Richeda Boyce, Danica Corbin, Leandra Griffith, Janielee Kelly, Ashlyn Scott-Williams and Cecile Sealy.
The Award of Excellence went to Cindy Williams who earned a 3.90 GPA.
The Combermere School’s sole Exhibition winner is Joeleita Agard.
Minister Jones said that this year’s results show an overall improvement over the previous two years.
“We had 21 scholarships this year, 18 in 2009 and 14 in 2008. So between 2008 and 2010 one would have had a 50 per cent increase in the Scholarships. Relative to the Exhibitions, we had 29 overall this year as opposed to 18 last year and 25 in 2008 and the Award of Excellence continues at one.”
He added that this year the males performed “quite well” as there was “a very good balance of males and females in the Scholarships and Exhibitions.”
The Education Minister said that it is important to see young men in the school system continue “to step up to the plate academically and in technical and vocational areas...”
While congratulating this year’s awardees, Minister Jones said, “We have to continually commend those teachers and families of these awardees. We need to do a bit more analysis to track their performance from primary school as a means of research to see how students are performing.”