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It was indeed a 'family affair' in Marathon Bahamas this Sunday, as the two overall titles from the running of the fifth annual event were captured by the husband and wife team of Justin and Melissa Gillette.
The dynamic duo were just one of many families that completed in the 26.2-mile course, which took runners on a picturesque route on the northern tip of New Providence. Justin won the men's overall title in 2:36.57 and Melissa took the female title in 3:04.01.
"It felt good to win," said men's winner Justin Gillette. "It was definitely a shock to my system, to go from eight
degrees (weather), and here we were running in about 65 or 70. Everybody here on the island was just so excited. It didn't matter what country you were from, they were cheering real loud so it was pretty fun to be a part of this and to win. I've never been to The Bahamas before, so I just thought it was a unique idea. It is winter time back home so the idea of going to an island in the middle of winter is always appealing. We brought the whole family down, my kids, my wife and my in-laws. We just made a nice little vacation out of it. It is nice to have matching awards in the house, it makes the trip feel a whole lot better."
While Justin said the wind was a bit of a problem for him around mile 16 or 17, Melissa said the wind actually helped to cool her down. She also said seeing her husband out front, made her push even harder.
She said: "I think it was a little different experience for me. The beginning was rough for me. I had to get adjusted to the temperature. For me, the wind actually helped to cool me down so I ran about four seconds faster in the second half, than what I ran the first half. I got into a rhythm later on."
The top masters male division was won by Bahamian Keithrell Hanna and visitor Michelle Walker took the top masters female spot. Hanna's time was 2:49.25 and Walker finished in 3:41.26. Hanna was the first Bahamian to cross the finish line. The Freeport, Grand Bahama native said: "It feels great and I give God thanks for the victory. I have been running for 30-plus years, from I was a little child.
"This is the my third marathon. I am getting ready for the Boston Marathon, I was just preparing myself and using this for bigger events. In Freeport, I run 15-20 miles every Saturday and Sunday, running the sand and on the grass."
A number of groups and organizations also competed in the annual event. One group in particular, the Kids of Courage, an organization based in New York, had more than 50 participants. The race, for one of their members Merra Herman, was special in more ways than one. Herman said: "Kids of Courage is fairly new to me, but it has been amazing. I used to do a lot of things, like getting myself up and keeping myself up emotionally. Sometimes I used to sit in class and I couldn't move my legs because I couldn't feel them. I used to be in tremendous pain. I used to say I don't know how I was going to get up, but now, whenever that happens, all I do is think about my wonderful counsellors, the wonderful staff and friends at Kids of Courage. It is just amazing because I never had that before. It also brought me and my family closer. My brother, he pushed me pretty much the whole way, and I don't think many siblings would have done that."
The top relay team in the male division was Pharmachem Technologies which posted a time of 3:23.27 for the win. Following them in a time of 4:00.27 was Iberolam. Strombus was third in 4:03.48. The Hillview Pathfinders clocked 4:11.46 for fourth and Deloitte As One came in fifth in 4:16.58. The Smoking Hot Mamas was the top female relay team, stopping the clock at 3:56.59. The Long Island Gals came in second and the Desperate Housewives team finished third in times of 3:59.34 and 4:11.26 respectively.
Winning the men's half marathon was Jonathan Volpi, in 1:11.27, and Angela Cobb took the women's half marathon in 1:26.23.
Mr. Althorne Brett "Tootes" Toote Sr. age 32 years of Crawford Street, Oakes Field and formerly of Freeport, Grand Bahama will be held on Saturday, June 11, 2011 at 11am at Faith Temple Ministries International, Prince Charles Drive. Bishop Philemon R. Wilson, assisted by Rev. Carlos Thompson will officiate and burial will be in Lakeview Memorial Gardens and Mausoleums, John F. Kennedy Drive and Gladstone Road.
The Radiance of this "Topaz of A Gem" will always glow in the hearts of his: One Son: Althorne Toote Jr.; Three Daughters: Mylan Dean, Jasmine Cleare and Serenity Trembley; Mother: Loretta Marie Simms; Father: Brett Orville Toote; Step Father: Basil Simms; Step Mother: Sandra Toote; Two Brothers: Jonathan and Aaron Toote; One Adopted Brother: Darren Knowles; One Grandmother: Barbara Toote; Step Brothers and Sisters: Dexter McIntrye, Shindo, Shantell and Sherese Simms, Tanya Henfield and Shikera Knowles; Three Nieces: A'nya and Gabriella Toote and Devonya Knowles; Ten Uncles: Mark, Art, Stephen, Patrick and Al Francis, Hartley Wilkinson, Churton, Vaughn "Ricardo" Sr., Keith and Mario Toote; Twelve Aunts: Sabrina, Esther and Shorlette Francis, Theresa Burrows, Pamela Thompson, Marilyn, Sonja, Jacqueline, Deloris, Dersiree, Neisha and Edith Toote; Granduncles: Seron Adams of Nassau Bahamas and Kermit Bowe of New York; Grandaunts: Andrea McDonald of Miami, Florida, Marie Sealy of Freeport, Grand Bahama, Ruth Adams Edgecombe, Isa Strachan and Veronica Adams of Nassau, Bahamas and Nadine Lewis of Ohio; Numerous Cousins: D'Marco, Marcus, Tyler, Elan, Anson, Durana, Jem, Duran and Enriqua Francis, Georgette Robinson-Sands, Jacqueline Robinson, Nadia Rolle, India Wilson, Phillipa Armbrister, Jennika Lee, Shervonder Kemp, D'Angelo Bethel, Steven and Saasha Fountain, Tornesha, Stevana, Stephen Jr., and Tess Burrows, Adrian and Justin Carey, Harold and Betty Cash, Christen and Veron Charlton, Tinia Toote-Parker, Christopher and Kendra Toote-Cooper, Chana, Byron, Monique, Blain, Kenya, Sharon, Kevin, Keithra, Vaughnique, Javaughn, Vonrico, Vonya, Vaughn Jr. and Vaughnia Toote, Dominique and Denise Johnson, Chrislyn Dean, Trevor and Patricia Edgecome, Tia and Alexis Roberts, Merlin and Buttons Bowe, Devon and Carmen Strachan-Major, Mia, Anita and Len King, Calouise Williams, Donovan and Maria Laing, Maurice and Gayle McDonald, Raleigh Robinson and Joy Walker of Ohio, Joy Wilkinson-Moss, Chasserie, Mary Elizabeth and Churuse Sealy, Dion, Andrew, Davinia and Patria Thompson; God Sister: Nakesha Knowles-Kelly; Adopted Mothers: Rosemary Elvies, Margaret Gellineau, Dianna Simmons, Violet Patrick, Barbara Hanna, Arlene Sands and Pamela Sturrup; Adopted Sisters: Miriam Smith and Phillipa Brown; Other Loving Family and Friends Including: Bro. Clement Maycock, Sis. Patricia Ferguson, Bro. Emile Lesbot, Bro. Perry Decosta, Bro. Melvin Wallace, Tyrone Nabbie, Yvonne and Lester Flowers, Anise Bullard, Betty Henchell, Naomi Lubronson, Debbie Allen, Kristina Miller, Anjamarie Charles, Bro. Simms, Dr. Michael and Antonya Toote, Tamara Lockhart, Divinia Dean, Sivanna Cleare, Justina Trembley, Adrian Tinker, Ceri Howells, Kirk and Kyle Wilson, Terrell Culmer, Roy Minnis, Mark Davis, Ted Kay, John Carey, Eugia Edwards of Florida, Mark Dillard, Marshall Neymour, Gravin "Lukkie" Woodside, Changamarie (Co) Carey, Justin Sands, Nakiel Russell, Ezra Rolle, Jay, Shantanica Cooper, Percel Sturrup, Tara Clare and their families; The Edwards, Lockharts, Francis, Toote, Simms, Turnquests, Smiths, Burrows, Bethels, Lightbournes, Newbolds, Laings, Stubbs, Jones and Youngs Families.
Special Thanks To: Hon. Leslie O. Miller, Michael Fernandez, Maudline Hanna, Claudette Gibson, Eric Messmer, Shornette Smith, Lina Camacho, Princess Pinnock, Christine Russell, The Crawford Street Community, The Ringwood Drive Community, Freport Grand Bahama, Freeport Seventh Day Adventist Church, Family Guardian Freeport, Grand Bahama, The Adelaide Seventh Day Adventist Church.
Visitation will be in the "Emerald Suite" Emerald Ridge Mortuary & Monument Company Ltd. #20 Claridge Road on Friday, June 10, 2011 from 1pm to 6pm there will be no viewing at the church.
In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to Althorne Brett Toote Sr. children's educational fund at any Royal Bank of Canada Branch Account number 7516024.
Funeral service for Jehu Timothee, 29 yrs., a resident of Sumner Street, Nassau Village & formerly of St. Louis Du Nord, Haiti, who died on 12th April, 2012, will be held at Solid Baptist Church, Kool Air Subdivision off Fox Hill Road, on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Officiating will be Pastor Paul Justin, assisted by Bro. Rivet Petit DOS. Interment follows in Southern Cemetery, Cowpen & Spikenard Roads.Left to cherish his memories are his Parents: Belizaire & Marie Timothee; Sisters: Gladys & Esther Timothee;Brothers: Nehu, Moise & Baby Timothee; Foster Parents: John & Deborah Deleveaux; Special Friends: Yudi Thomas; Employers: Toby Austin & Deidre Fernander; Grandmother: Decius Timothee; Aunts: Cizelia, Marina, Altagrace & Charitable Timothee; Cousins: Rev. Paul Justin, Anthony, Renaud, Philony, Leonie, Leon, Maxene & Vilner Timothee, Lemoine, Jonas & Yvronie Justin, Herold & Evins Lubin; Numerous other relatives & friends including: Exmini & Renea Benoit.Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Street, from 10-6:00 p.m. on Friday & on Saturday at the church from 10:00 a.m. until service time.
BY DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT - The murder trial of Coletor Johnson and Glinton Louis opened in the Supreme Court yesterday with testimony from eye-witnesses who recalled how 23-year-old Markinson Justin was struck by a car that left the scene.
The matter being heard before Senior Justice Hartman Longley.
Johnson, 23, and Glinton, 32, are accused of being concerned together and intentionally causing the death of Justin at Explorer's Way on July 12, 2011.
It is alleged that some time after 8am, the accused were in a gold 2000 Buick Century that struck and killed the victim, who was walking.
According to the prosecution, Justin ...
In 2013, although faced with a complicated domestic and international situation, the CPC (Communist Party of China) Central Committee and the State Council led the people of all nationalities of China in thoroughly implementing the spirit of the 18th Party Congress, upheld the general ethos of "moving forward while maintaining stability", and adhered to the guideline that "the macro policy should be stable, micro policy flexible and social policy should support the bottom line", while maintaining steady growth, adjusting economic structures and forging ahead with reform, all while actively making innovations to the means of macro control. As a result, national economic and social development saw stabilized and accelerated growth and achieved a good start.
Economic performance fulfilled its target in 2013
The economy as a whole was stable and experienced comparatively fast growth in 2013. GDP for the year reached 56.88 trillion yuan (1 USD = 6.1 yuan), an increase of 7.7 percent over the previous year and in full accord with the targeted figure. China's government revenue increased by 10.1 percent to 12.91 trillion yuan and the deficit was 1.2 trillion yuan. Profits from industrial enterprises totaled 6.28 trillion yuan. It is gratifying that domestic demand continued to be the main driving force of growth. Retail sales of consumer goods totaled 23.78 trillion yuan, an increase of 13.1 percent. A number of new forms and areas of consumption were very vigorous, and the value of e-commerce transactions exceeded 10 trillion yuan, an increase of 19.3 percent. The contribution of domestic demand to economic growth reached 104.4 percent.
Meanwhile, overall price levels were basically stable. Consumer prices for the year rose 2.6 percent, within the targeted range. The work of purchasing, storing and releasing important commodities and of adjusting their imports and exports proceeded in good order.
Progress was made in structural adjustment and economic transformation
China has experienced three decades of super-fast growth at the expense of cheap costs. Now, we face more restrictions from limited natural resources and an ageing society. Domestic consumption should be the new growth engine. In 2013, the Chinese government comprehensively advanced economic structural reform and created sound systems and mechanisms for maintaining stable growth and carrying out structural adjustments.
China's economic adjustments have shown marked progress. Industrial structural adjustment proceeded steadily. Significant achievements were made in technological innovations and fostering emerging industries. The integration of urban and rural development proceeded in an orderly fashion. Development in multiple regions became better balanced. Efforts were accelerated to conserve energy, reduce emissions and protect the environment. According to statistics, the proportion of the manufacturing industry to GDP dropped for the first time. The growth rate in the less developed central and western parts of the country was much higher than in the richer eastern region in 2013, signaling more balanced development across the board.
An array of measures have successfully helped to transform the economy, such as using value-added tax to replace turnover tax and setting up the pilot Shanghai Free Trade Zone. China's fast development has proved the doomsayers wrong.
Meanwhile, China is putting forth efforts to use innovation to support and lead economic structural improvements and upgrades. Innovation is the motive force for adjusting and upgrading the economic structure. The government aims to make innovation the core of China's development endeavors, promote the full integration of science and technology with economic and social development, and elevate China's industries to a high level in the global value chain.
Deepening reform is the top priority for the Chinese government
The Chinese government has determined that the process of comprehensively deepening reform will be completed in seven years, and 2014 marks the first year. Reform is the primary theme of the government's agenda this year, with economic reform in particular being the paramount task. The direction of many reforms has been made clear and the measures have been readied for implementation. They can be divided into three categories. Those pertaining to the economy include streamlining administration and delegating power to lower levels, tax reform, financial reform and accelerating economic transformation. Those relating to social development and management include advancing urbanization, improving people's well-being and reforming the household registration system. Finally, reform in ecological progress comprises measures to advance the transformation of energy production and consumption.
China's reform used to be led by the government, but future reform will be a revolution imposed by the government on itself. This will be a painful process, which will call for not only great determination, but also great political wisdom. This year's reform measures are aimed at ensuring stable economic growth and avoiding unnecessary risks. Therefore, they must facilitate economic growth.
China's measures of comprehensive reform are also good news for the world economy. Because the fortunes of the Chinese economy are so incredibly linked with those of the global economy, sound economic and social development in China will bring opportunities to the wider world.
o Yuan Guisen is the ambassador of the People's Republic of China to The Bahamas.
Despite swimming in the morning session, Joanna Evans turned in the type of performance in the females' 800 meters (m) freestyle timed final yesterday that will forever linger in the minds of Bahamians and which will indeed be etched into the history books as one of the all-time great swims by a Bahamian athlete.
The 17-year-old junior swimmer swam a new lifetime best, by almost two seconds, to finish second in her morning heat and third overall in the event at the second Youth OIympic Games in Nanjing, China. In so doing, she secured the bronze medal, just the third ever global medal for The Bahamas in swimming, and the first ever in any Olympic event. Jeremy Knowles won a bronze medal in the men's 200m fly at the 2003 World University Games, and Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace delivered a bronze in the women's 50m free at the 2010 World Short Course Swimming Championships.
The Youth Olympics, which encompasses athletes from ages 14 to 18, is just two editions old, and already a swimmer has broken through for the country. Tynia Gaither was the country's first medalist at the Youth Olympics with her silver medal in the women's 200m in athletics in 2010; now Evans is the second.
Additionally, her splendid time of 8:39.75 represents two new national records. She reached the half-way mark in 4:17.11 for a new national record in the 400m free, and then finished up in 8:39.75 for a new national record in the 800m free. The old 800m free national record of 8:41.39 was swum at the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, and Evans' old national mark of 4:17.29, in the 400m free, was done at the CARIFTA trials this year.
As for her morning swim at the Nanjing OSC Natatorium, the Bahamian youngster trailed Italian Simona Quadarella to the wall. Quadarella posted a time of 8:35.39, which turned out to be good enough for the gold medal. Both she and Evans had to wait around for the evening heat to see if their times would be good enough to hold up. Jimena Perez, of Spain, came from the evening session and was the eventual silver medalist; she swam a time of 8:36.95.
Evans' time was good enough to hold on for the bronze medal. Vien Nguyen Thi Anh, from Vietnam, who swam in the evening session, finished fourth overall in 8:41.13.
Swim Coach Andy Loveitt said through email that it felt strange having Evans next to his side, along with the other members of the swim team, watching the evening heat of the women's 800m free and nervously going through the splits of the various swimmers to see if Evans' time would hold up. It did!
"All of us [were] getting excited," said Loveitt from Nanjing. "Unbelievable...not sunk in yet."
Locally, Evans is a member of the Swift Swimming Club.
Indeed, her swim yesterday morning is a history-making feat for The Bahamas and a breakthrough for swimming in the country in general.
"We're all very excited and very happy," said Swift Head Coach Andy Knowles yesterday. "With this bronze medal and that time, she'll have a lot of colleges pursuing her now. This has been a great year for Swift Swimming and swimming in The Bahamas. Arianna, Joanna, CARIFTA swimming...we have experienced success all around in swimming in this country. We're very happy for Joanna and all of the swimmers at the Youth Olympics. It's pretty cool that Joanna was able to get a medal. We knew that she was going to go out fast, and she did that. I'm sure it was a little nerve-racking for them, sitting at the pool and studying the splits and wondering if she was going to make it through. We're happy that she did, and we want to congratulate her and all of the swimmers at the Youth Olympics. All of them have done their personal best times, and we are hopeful that there will be more personal best times and national records to come."
At the Commonwealth Games in July, the heats of the women's 800m free were held one day, and the final the next. It's done that way at the Olympics as well.
In Nanjing, the format of a timed final for the event was used, and Evans was placed in one of the slower heats in the morning session. She had to wait around after placing second in her heat, not knowing what her opponents would do in the evening session. As it turned out, both the gold and bronze medalists, Quadarella and Evans, came from the same heat in the morning session.
The Bahamas Swimming Federation (BSF) sent out a congratulatory email to Evans afterwards, on behalf of all of her family members and friends here in The Bahamas.
Also competing for The Bahamas in Nanjing yesterday, were Paul de Souza in sailing and Justin Roberts and Rasheed Carey in tennis.
In sailing, de Souza continued to slide down the ladder, finishing 21st in the third race of the series, and 26th in the fourth, to fall to 25th overall out of 30 competitors, with 82 points, thereby putting the country's sole sailor at the Youth Olympics out of medal contention unless something drastic happens on the waters of the Jinniu Lake sailing venue in the final seven races of the series.
De Souza sails in the Byte CII Class which consists of international youth boats designed for one person each. De Souza is scheduled to sail in three races of the series today.
Pedro Luiz Marcondes Correa, from Brazil, continues to lead the competition, with 10 total points; Pavle Zivanovic, from Croatia, is second with 26 total points. Rodolfo Pires, from Portugal, rounds out the top three, with 30 total points. Cheok Khoon Bernie Chin, from Singapore, won the third race yesterday, in 39 minutes flat; Scott McKenzie, from the U.S. Virgin Islands, won the fourth race, in 45:36.
In tennis yesterday, Rasheed Carey and his mixed doubles partner, Simona Heinova, of the Czech Republic, defeated the Colombian team of Luis Hernan Valero Zamorano and Maria Fernanda Herazo Gonzalez, in straight sets, 6-3 and 6-2. They will play again on Thursday, taking on the South Korean team of Duckhee Lee and Dabin Kim who upset the third seeded team of Petros Chrysochos, from Cyprus, and Iryna Shymanovich, from Belarus, in their opening round match.
Meanwhile, the Youth Olympic Games experience is over for Bahamian Justin Roberts and his mixed doubles partner Renata Zarazua Ruckstuhl, from Mexico. They lost to the second seeded team of Russians Karen Khachanov and Anastasiya Komardina in their opening round match, 6-4 and 6-2.
A total of 37 countries are represented in both genders in the tennis competition which is being played on the hard courts of the Tennis Academy of China.
BAHAMIANS AT PLANTATION
* MARVIN Rolle and Justin Lunn played over the weekend in the first Futures Tennis Tournament for the year in Plantation, Florida.
Rolle lost in the first round to Alexandru Gozun from the United States, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.
However, Lunn advanced to the second round where he was eliminated, 6-2, 6-0, by Justin Shane from the United States. Lunn won his first round match, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, over Marlon Korbut from the United States.
Both Rolle and Lunn will play in the F2 Futures this week in Sunrise, Florida.
TOUR OF THE BAHAMAS
* ONCE again the organizers of the Tour of the Bahamas, scheduled for the weekend of January 27-29, have invite ...
Donovan Butler, 11, a sixth grade student at Xavier's Lower School was recognized over the weekend as the "best and brightest" student coming out of the primary schools this year. Donovan was chosen over 117 of his peers to walk away with the top prize of a $5,000 scholarship and a computer at the 18th annual Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year Awards Program (BPSSYAP).
He was the first student from Xavier's Lower School to claim the prize in the program's 18-year history.
Donovan realized he was being named the "best and brightest" when the winner was described as an individual who had helped his school to win two relays as a member of the track team and when it was announced that the student's principal had written that he was not only a good academic student, but also a well-rounded student.
"I am elated with my performance which caused me to win, and I am going on to SAC (St. Augustine's College) in September where I hope to do well and win more awards," the top primary school student said.
The son of David and Lorrieann Butler has a 3.92 grade point average and has been first in his class for six consecutive years. He has also made the Principal's List for academic excellence annually.
After being declared the program's winner, Donovan, who is also the second place finisher of The Bahamas National Spelling Bee, departed for Washington D.C. and the Scripps National Spelling Bee. He and third place finisher in the Bahamian nationals, Franquel Hagan, from Hugh Campbell Primary School in Grand Bahama, accompanied spelling bee champion Prachi Kondapuram. Donovan placed second in back-to-back nationals.
At Xavier's Lower School, the versatile Donovan, is also a member of the Junior Achievement team, the winning Junior Junkanoo team, recorder ensemble and choir. He has also won his category in the 2013 Commonwealth Writers Poetry Competition.
Donovan also assists with coaching the Grasshoppers team in the T-ball division in the Junior Baseball League of Nassau (JBLN) and has been a member of several JBLN national teams.
Lyford Cay International School student Tamsin Nottage was the first runner up in the BPSSYAP. She was awarded a $4,000 scholarship as well as a computer during the ceremony on Saturday at the Golden Gates World Outreach Ministries on Carmichael Road.
Tamsin, who maintains a 4.0 grade point average, has led fundraising drives to assist in the Haiti earthquake relief effort, the Philippine disaster relief as well as Hands for Hunger.
The second through fifth place runners-up were all given $3,000 awards. They were Hope Town Primary School's Bessie Lowe, Sunland Baptist Academy School's Davon Cartwright, Saints Francis and Joseph's Amari Stuart and Man-O-War Cay Primary's Brittany Weatherford. Along with their scholarship awards, Lowe and Cartwright also received computers. Stuart received a tablet phone.
Lowe, who is also a dynamic student, was overwhelmed at finishing in the top three. She plays soccer, swims, sails, does gymnastics and sings in her church's praise band. She placed second in the 2013 Commonwealth Writers Poetry Competition.
Students placing sixth through 15th received $2,000 scholarship awards -- Oakes Field Primary's Jada Culmer, Ulric Ferguson Primary's Iesha Daxon, Amy Roberts Primary's Rayvyn McKinney, Nassau Christian Academy's Sh'ton Pickering, St. Andrew's International School's Reagan Russell, St. Paul's Methodist College's Ciera Sweeting, Uriah McPhee Primary School's Davon Johnson, Kingsway Academy's Kia Basden, Maurice E. Moore Primary School's Justin Bain and Bishop Michael Eldon School's William Moss.
Twelve students were named finalists and awarded $1,500 scholarships -- Simms Primary's Jacob Bailly, Garvin Tynes Primary's Deavon Evans, Lower Deadman's Cay's Isaac Fox, Lucaya International School's Isabella Gouthro, Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic's Chavette Harvey, Freeport Primary School's Lakia Johnson, The Meridian School's Reagan MacKenzie, Tarpum Bay Primary's Tiara McKinney, Angels Academy's Ashley Newell, Sandilands Primary's Dylan Russell, St. Frances De Sales Primary's Malia Sweeting and Gerald Cash Primary's Chesternique Thomas.
Thirty-two students were named semi-finalists and awarded $1,000 scholarships -- St. Cecilia's Catholic Primary's Dontae Beneby, Tambearley School's Tanya Bethel, Gateway Christian Academy's Keri Bowleg, Bayview Academy's Leander Braynen, St. Thomas More's Rebecca Bingham, P.A. Gibson Primary's Sierra Farrington, First Step Academy's Jayden Ferguson, Charles W. Saunders' Branee Gardiner, Albury Sayle's Chardonay Garrick, Governor's Harbour Primary's Equola Gibson, Christian Heritage School's Miranda Jack, C.W. Sawyer Primary's Daijah Johnson, Temple Christian School's McKelton Johnson, Walter Parker Primary School's Sellene Johnson, United Estates Primary's Trevon Johnson, Palmdale Primary School's Pooja Krishna, Excelsior Elementary School's Joshia Miller, Queen's College's Riya Miller, St. Anne's Primary's Branae Minnis, Grand Bahama Seventh-day Adventist School's Roganne Moncur, Emma E. Cooper Primary's Kristman Moss, Spanish Wells All Age School's Ariana Pinder, Rock Sound Primary's Johnnecia Pinder, R.N. Gomez All age School's Tonique Richardson, Agape Christian School's Kenedee Romer, Fresh Creek Primary School's D'Ondre Smith, St. Andrew's Anglican School's Kazmyn Smith, Hillcrest Academy's Khearah Storr, Sadie Curtis Primary's Akila Thomas, Orange Creek Primary's Erin Turner, Trinity Christian School's Ryan Wilson Jr. and Bartlett Hill Primary's Lukajane Kellman.
A family island student and a New Providence student, who would have been semi-finalists if the Foundation and Awards Committee had the money to award them with disbursements, were the recipients of computers. They were Centreville Primary School's Khaliyah Miller and Dominion Technical Primary School's Aaron Farrington.
Minister of Education, Science and Technology Jerome Fitzgerald said the Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year Foundation awards ceremony showcases the country's next cadre of shining stars. He believes the awards program is about more than just representing prizes, scholarships and accolades to deserving students - it is about the hope and joy that lies in store for the nation.
"The attributes that qualified you for this award are the same that you will need to earn your diploma with distinction," said Fitzgerald. He told the children that they are already poised to succeed.
Each year a select group of students are nominated to accept one of the most prestigious national recognitions for primary school students in this country. This awards program, which is the premier program for primary school students, is an opportunity to recognize those students who have demonstrated excellent academic achievement, leadership ability, campus and community involvement and good citizenship.
An independent panel of judges reviewed the portfolios of the 118 students nominated to represent their respective schools from throughout the country to determine the winners. Judges selected winners based on the merits of the achievements documented in the students' portfolio, which included transcripts, essays, letters of recommendation and copies of awards.
The awards are a one-time financial scholarship payable to a Bahamian educational institution for secondary school purposes. This year the Bahamas Primary School Foundation awarded over $91,000 in scholarships and prizes.
The competition, established in 1997, was founded to fill a void in recognizing young achievers, because it was felt that major emphasis was being placed on the achievements of high school students.
The program was introduced by Ricardo P. Deveaux, president and chief executive officer of The Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year Foundation. Deveaux was impressed with the Florida College Student of the Year Awards Program and felt the need to establish a national awards program in The Bahamas. He was, himself, one of seven finalists in the 1992 Florida College Student of the Year Awards Program; Deveaux had flunked out of a private high school in 1983, and was motivated to provide an opportunity for students who are striving for excellence.
Winner -- Donovan Butler, Xavier's Lower School, New Providence
1st runner-up -- Tamsin Nottage, Lyford Cay International School, New Providence
2nd runner-up -- Bessie Lowe, Hope Town Primary, Abaco
3rd runner-up -- Davon Cartwright, Sunland Baptist Academy, Grand Bahama
4th runner-up -- Amari Stuart, Sts. Francis and Joseph, New Providence
5th runner-up -- Brittany Weatherford, Man-O-War Cay Primary, Abaco
6th runner-up -- Jada Culmer, Oakes Field Primary, New Providence
7th runner-up -- Iesha Daxon, Ulric Ferguson Primary, Crooked Island
8th runner-up -- Rayvyn McKinney, Amy Roberts Primary, Abaco
9th runner-up -- Sh'ton Pickering, Nassau Christian Academy, New Providence
10th runner-up -- Reagan Russell, St. Andrew's International School, New Providence
11th runner-up -- Ciera Sweeting, St. Paul's Methodist College, Grand Bahama
12th runner-up -- Davon Johnson, Uriah McPhee Primary, New Providence
13th runner-up -- Kia Basden, Kingsway Academy
14th runner-up -- Justin Bain, Maurice E. Moore Primary School, Grand Bahama
15th runner-up -- William Moss, Bishop Michael Eldon School, Grand Bahama
Jacob Bailly, Simms Primary, Long Island
Deavon Evans, Garvin Tynes Primary, New Providence
Isaac Fox, Lower Deadman's Cay, Long Island
Isabella Gouthro, Lucaya International School, Grand Bahama
Chavette Harvey, Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic, Grand Bahama
Lakia Johson, Freeport Primary School, Grand Bahama
Reagan MacKenzie, The Meridian School, New Providence
Tiara McKinney, Tarpum Bay Primary, Eleuthera
ashley Newell, Angels Academy, Abaco
Dylan Russell, Sandilands Primary, New Providence
Malia Sweeting, St. Frances De Sales Primary Abaco
Chesternique Thomas, Gerald Cash Primary, New Providence
Dontae Beneby, St. Cecilia's Primary, New Providence
Tanya Bethel, Tambearley School, New Providence
Keri Bowleg, Gateway Christian Academy, Bimini
Leander Braynen, Bayview Academy, New Providence
Rebecca Bingham, St. Thomas More Catholic, New Providence
Sierra Farrington, P.A. Gibson Primary, Eleuthera
Jayden Ferguson, First Step Academy, New Providence
Branee Gardiner, Charles W. Saunders, New Providence
Chardonay Garrick, Albury Sayle Primary, New Providence
Equola Gibson, Governor's Harbour Primary, Eleuthera
Miranda Jack, Christian Heritage School, New Providence
Daijah Johnson, C.W. Sawyer Primary, New Providence
McKelton Johnson, Temple Christian School, New Providence
Sellene Johnson, Walter Parker Primary, Grand Bahama
Trevon Johnson, United Estates Primary, San Salvador
Pooja Krishna, Palmdale Primary School, New Providence
Joshia Miller, Excelsior Elementary School, New Providence
Riya Miller, Queen's College, New Providence
Branae Minnis, St. Anne's Primary, New Providence
Roganne Moncur, Grand Bahama SDA School
Kristman Moss, Emma E. Cooper Primary, Eleuthera
Ariana Pinder, Spanish Wells All Age, Eleuthera
Johnnecia Pinder, Rock Sound Primary, Eleuthera
Tonique Richardson, R.N. Gomez All Age, Berry Island
Kenedee Romer, Agape Christian School, Abaco
D'Ondre Smith, Fresh Creek Primary, Andros
Kazmyn Smith, St. Andrew's Anglican School, Exuma
Khearah Storr, Hillcrest Academy, New Providence
Akila Thomas, Sadie Curtis Primary, New Providence
Erin Turner, Orange Creek Primary, Cat Island
Ryan Wilson Jr., Trinity Christian School, New Providence
Lukajane Kellman, Bartlett Primary, Grand Bahama
Khaliyah Miller, Centreville Primary, New Providence
Aaron Farrington, Dominion Technical Primary, Grand Bahama
2013 -- Lauryn Rolle, St. Thomas More Catholic School
2012 -- Nadja Simon, Genesis Academy, New Providence
2011 -- Anna Albury, Hope Town Primary, Abaco
2010 --Jared Fitzgerald, Temple Christian School, New Providence
2009 -- Khes Adderley, Temple Christian School, New Providence
2008 -- James Boyce, Hope Town Primary, Abaco
2007 -- Taran Jay Carey, Tarpum Bay Primary School, Eleuthera
2006 -- George F.D. Zonicle, Bahamas Academy Elementary School, New Providence
2005 -- Shridat Jadoo, Maurice Moore Primary School, Grand Bahama
2004 -- Saul Salonga, Mary Star of The Sea (Catholic) School, Grand Bahama
2003 -- Tenielle Curtis, Sts. Francis and Joseph School, New Providence
2002 -- Zachary Lyons, Queen's College, New Providence
2001 -- Kenny Roberts, Spanish Wells All Age School, Eleuthera
2000 -- Sasha Bain, Walter Parker Primary, Grand Bahama
1999 -- Tiffany Moncur, Carmichael Primary School, New Providence
1998 -- Andrea Moultrie, St. John's College, New Providence
1997 -- Vashti Darling, St. John's College, New Providence
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Bahamians participated in the Innisbrook, Florida Tennis Futures this
past weekend. Unfortunately, 2 Bahamians met in the first round:
Lunn defeated Jody Turnquest in the first round 6-3 6-2. Justin
suffered an injury in the 2nd rd against Joshua Wardell (USA) at 40-30
and had to retire. He has to also withdraw from the next Futures at
Indian Harbor Beach, FL.
Philip Major def Franco Uliana (Arg) 6-0
6-0 in the first rd. Defeated Krisztian Mago (Hungary) 6-2 6-4 in the
2nd rd and lost to...