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Gabrielle Moss: Education is more than reading, writing and 'rithmetic

Education is more than just book learning and memorizing what teachers tell you, according to Gabrielle Moss, the 2014 recipient of the prestigious All-Bahamas Merit Scholarship (ABMS). To her, education is about developing as a whole person - and that includes academics.
"You also have to develop yourself morally, knowing the difference between right and wrong; developing yourself socially and being able to relate to other people; and learning how to help others as well. Education also means making your own mistakes as well. We learn from history so we won't be doomed to repeat it. When you make mistakes, it really drives it home and you begin to better yourself as well. So I think education is not just changing yourself and bettering yourself academically, not just learning new things, delving into new aspects, but it also encompasses developing yourself morally, developing the whole being - not just the academic side," said the 16-year-old Bishop Michael Eldon School graduate.
Gabrielle received a $140,000 four-year scholarship, which will go toward her studies in mathematics and statistics with a focus on actuarial science at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md., where the annual tuition is $67,777.
Gabrielle is the 19th person to be awarded the coveted ABMS in the 21-year history of the award that started in 1993 (the scholarship was not awarded in 2001 and 1994). She is the seventh female student to win and the third recipient to attend Johns Hopkins University.
The award is funded by the Lyford Cay Foundation, the Ministry of Education and The Central Bank of The Bahamas.
Winning the award was a major milestone for the teen. When she got a call from the scholarship committee, she thought she had received a merit award and not the top award.
Shocked
"Initially when I got the call, I heard them say I'd gotten the $25,000 award, and I was still thrilled. I called my mom [Wendy] and said I got second place. It wasn't until actually right before I was getting on the flight [from Grand Bahama] to come to Nassau that I got an email saying I had to write a thank you. When I saw that I was wondering if I had actually gotten the All-Bahamas Merit award, and the next day when I found out I'd gotten it for certain, I was just ecstatic."
Gabrielle said when she found out she was awarded the scholarship, she was in a daze, but was thrilled.
"It was difficult for me to grasp on to the concept that I'd gotten it, because I was so happy thinking I had gotten the $25,000, and then come to see I had gotten it [ABMS]."
In the midst of her happiness, she was humbled, because the result showed that "God can do amazing things as well".
"It really was a major moment of my life to say the least," she said.
Being awarded the ABMS was by no means about luck for the teen, who for years has shown commitment to hard work and studiousness. Moss has been focused and disciplined to the point of earning herself an impressive 4.11 grade point average; she passed nine Bahamas General Certificates of Secondary Education (BGCSE) exams with eight A grades and one B grade, and scored 2,080 on her Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).
In her final year of high school, she took three advanced placement (AP) courses -- chemistry, English language and calculus. She sat one BGCSE in English literature, of which she still awaits results.
Her academic prowess by itself is astounding, but she was able to engage in a number of extracurricular activities to ensure her career as a well-rounded student. She complemented her academics with involvement in a number of activities. She was the national and Grand Bahama winner for piano playing in the National Arts Festival; the winner of the 2014 Martin Luther King Essay Competition and the winner of the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture Pacesetter Award. She also played softball and threw discus for her school. She participated in the Interact Club, Student Christian Movement and Alpha Kappa Alpha 20 Pearls Program. She was also her school's deputy head girl and co-captain of her church's youth group.
Gabrielle is arguably one of the country's best and brightest students coming out of the class of 2014. It's an honor she will take, albeit humbly.
"It surprises me a bit because people think I'm smart when I'm just trying to do my best, but it touches my heart," said Gabrielle. "It's not something I hold on to in a sense. It's not something I let go to my head [because] it's not something I'm used to," she said. "I'm really humble when people tell me that [I'm smart]. I say thank you and I really and truly appreciate when people tell me that."
She especially appreciates when her family members tell her that she's doing well, and credits her work ethic to her parents. The daughter of Gregory Moss, a lawyer, and Wendy Moss, a part-time mathematics lecturer at The College of The Bahamas, the young Moss believes both of her parents are diligent individuals, but her love for mathematics comes from her mother, whom she lives with.
The journey
Gabrielle said her journey to applied mathematics and actuarial science as a course of study at the university level was a process. She grew up loving math and had plans to become a college professor like her mother, but when she really considered her passion, she realized she did not enjoy teaching and started looking at different careers in mathematics. Her mother suggested actuarial science a few years ago. Not knowing anything about the field, the scholar did her research and liked the high concentration of mathematics and statistics involved. What is particularly appealing to her is the work involved in looking at past financial events and examining current events to calculate risks and forecast future trends. She also likes that the work allows for the actuary to work independently doing research, collecting data and analyzing statistics, but would also give her the chance to collaborate with a group for information presentation."I do sometimes work better by myself, but I do not want a job where I'm in isolation," said Gabrielle. The course of study became more attractive to the teen when she realized actuaries were limited in The Bahamas.
As far as she can recall, the 2014 ABMS recipient has always been focused on her education. She said her mother drilled into her the importance of an education. Gabrielle believes she has matured over the years and has done what she needed to do to advance herself academically.
"In primary school I was doing it because my parents were telling me, even though I knew it was important, but when I came to grades eight...nine when I started BJC's [Bahamas Junior Certificate exam studies], I began to realize that this isn't just something I'm doing because my mom is telling me [that] I needed to do this. It's something I'm doing because I have to do it in order to succeed. If I want to fulfill my dreams I'm going to have to take the extra step and do it," she said.
With her mother's advice to begin preparing for exams in advance, Gabrielle's routine saw her taking every possible chance she had to study and review, including during her lunch breaks, and devoting at least an hour to each subject she had to study after arriving home, taking a bath and having her dinner.
As smart as she is, Gabrielle owns up to having her struggles -- for her it was language and literature. She never failed, but did not enjoy the English subjects as much as the sciences. It wasn't until her final year as she took AP language that she really began to appreciate and enjoy the subject.
The teen, who will commence her first year of university at age 16 (her 17th birthday is in November), is looking forward to attending university. She said it will be tough leaving her family for the first time, but she's looking forward to meeting new young people and commencing her studies.
She will depart in two weeks for Maryland. Her plans for the ensuing days include sorting out her visa, packing and trying to get in at least one beach day before she leaves, something she said she's been unable to do so far this summer.
"Really, I just want to enjoy my country before I go -- and make sure to buy things to carry before I go away. So many individuals have instructed me to purchase a six-pack of Goombay [soda] before I go, and to drink one every two or three weeks for the first three months that I will be there," she said.
Gabrielle said she also wants to spend as much time with family, and was able to do that in the past few days while on New Providence, where the majority of her family lives, before she heads back to Grand Bahama and then to university.
"Once I leave here and go back to Freeport, I most likely won't see them again until, God spare life, Christmas, so another thing I want to do is spend time with my family members while I have the time before I go," she said.
Gabrielle considers herself to be a diligent, resolved and empathetic individual.
"I'm diligent and resolved, because it's not only about being confident," she said. "Even when things seem tough I don't like to give up, that's not my nature."
She also described herself as creative musically and curious; she is a person who likes to engage in projects and help her mom in their garden.
The middle child of three, she is sandwiched between two brothers. Her elder brother, Edward is three years older and enrolled at The College of The Bahamas. She is older than her younger sibling William by five-and-a-half years. He will enter high school in the fall.
Role model
Gabrielle also admits to Edward being a role model to her. She described him as "intelligent" and said she used to refer to him as a "walking dictionary". What she admires most is his demeanor and his mannerly disposition.
"He gets along with people really well. He's a caring individual. The reason I really look up to him is because he's socially confident all the time, and I really admire the fact that he's not afraid to stand up, speak if he has to, go up to people and talk. That really encouraged me growing up, because socializing was not my forte, honestly. But when I saw him do it, it allowed me to be more comfortable. I was able to start reaching out and talk to individuals."
She also said she admired the fact that her brother always professed Christianity, no matter what others said, that he strived to get his education and promote the word of God.
"Being himself, no matter what others might say about him, really encouraged me as well, for when others tried to hurt or told me I couldn't do certain things," said Gabrielle.
She prays that she's a role model for William.
As she prepares to commence the next phase of her educational journey, the ABMS recipient's advice to her peers is to first know what they want, hold fast to their dreams and work hard for them, even though she said there would be people who will try to deter them and tell them that they can't make it.
"I'm a Christian so I always say you have to have faith. To be honest, I always thought I had faith, but it wasn't really until this year that I really had to realize that it's not all about you, and that you have to do your part -- you will have to work hard for your grades and you have to know what you have to do and what to leave alone. Know what you want, don't let other people tell you your dreams; don't let other people deter you from your dreams telling you it's not worth fighting for, and strive hard to go and achieve it and give it your all in the process," she said.
Previous All-Bahamas Merit Scholars
2013 -- Shannon Butler, University of St. Andrew's, medicine
2012 -- Theophilus Moss, John Hopkins University, mechanical engineering
2011 -- Jamia Moss, College of St. Benedict, biochemistry and Spanish
2009 -- Jenna Chaplin, University of The Pacific, fine arts and psychology
2008 -- Genymphas Higgs, Drexel University, biomedical engineering
2007 -- Lisa Rodgers, Brown University, education
2006 -- Kyle Chea, Vassar College, pre-med and foreign languages
2005 -- Andrea Culmer, McGill University, Chemistry and Pre-Med
2004 -- Sharelle Ferguson, Harvard University, social studies
2003 -- Sebastian Hutchinson, University of Pennsylvania, finance and accounting
2002 -- Peter Blair, Duke University, physics and mathematics
2001 -- No award given
2000 -- Ricardo Davis, Queen's University, Ontario, biochemistry
1999 -- Ryan Knowles, Boston University, accounting and finance
1998 -- Damian Archer, University of Western Ontario, University of the West Indies, Mona Campus - 1 year, chemistry, medicine
1997 -- Jehan Unwala, Tufts University, international relations and economics
1996 -- Rhys Powell, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, electrical engineering and computer science
1995 -- Damian Forbes, Yale University, economics
1994 -- No award given
1993 -- Shireen Denise Donaldson, Johns Hopkins University, biochemistry

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Uprising Conference 2013 under the theme Shifting Gears
Uprising Conference 2013 under the theme "Shifting Gears"

Monday 25th February 2013  7:00 PM

Uprising Conference 2013 under the theme "Shifting Gears" Join us for four nights of Powerful and Holy Ghost filled services beginning on Sunday February 24th through the 27th at 7:00 p.m. nightly. Come expecting and receive a word from the Lord. Speakers: Pastor Author Evans Bishop Denzil Rolle Apostle Reno Johnson Prophet Bruce C. Davis New Birth Church Robinson Rd (between Mega Byte Computers and Furniture Haven)


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Summer Camp, Summer Classes
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Wednesday 27th June 2012  7:30 AM

Summer Camp June 25th to July 27th Five Week Program Ages: 2yrs old- 10yrs old Hours: 7:30am-4:00PM $300 Includes Breakfast and Lunch Weekly Fee-$50 Breakfast & Lunch $20 Summer Classes Language, Maths, Reading Bible Stories, Music, Computers, Crafts, Painting, Outdoor Play, Exercise, Games, Field Trips Movies June 25th - July 27th, 2012 Ages 2-10 years Periwinkles Early Childhood Learning Centre is licensed and registered with the Ministry of Education, Pre school Division and is headed by Mrs Carol L Bullard. Register your child today! Periwinkles Early Childhood Learning Center Foxhill Rd, Nassau (5 doors from St Annes) Tel: 364. 4393 Email: periwinkleseclc@coralwave.com Meet our qualified & trained members of Staff


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Summer Camp, Summer Classes
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Tuesday 10th July 2012  7:30 AM

Summer Camp June 25th to July 27th Five Week Program Ages: 2yrs old- 10yrs old Hours: 7:30am-4:00PM $300 Includes Breakfast and Lunch Weekly Fee-$50 Breakfast & Lunch $20 Summer Classes Language, Maths, Reading Bible Stories, Music, Computers, Crafts, Painting, Outdoor Play, Exercise, Games, Field Trips Movies June 25th - July 27th, 2012 Ages 2-10 years Periwinkles Early Childhood Learning Centre is licensed and registered with the Ministry of Education, Pre school Division and is headed by Mrs Carol L Bullard. Register your child today! Periwinkles Early Childhood Learning Center Foxhill Rd, Nassau (5 doors from St Annes) Tel: 364. 4393 Email: periwinkleseclc@coralwave.com Meet our qualified & trained members of Staff


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Uprising Conference 2013 under the theme Shifting Gears
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Thursday 28th February 2013  7:00 PM

Uprising Conference 2013 under the theme "Shifting Gears" Join us for four nights of Powerful and Holy Ghost filled services beginning on Sunday February 24th through the 27th at 7:00 p.m. nightly. Come expecting and receive a word from the Lord. Speakers: Pastor Author Evans Bishop Denzil Rolle Apostle Reno Johnson Prophet Bruce C. Davis New Birth Church Robinson Rd (between Mega Byte Computers and Furniture Haven)


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An Evening of Piano Cello
An Evening of Piano & Cello

Saturday 24th March 2012  7:30 PM

Nassau Music Society presents An Evening of Piano & Cello THIS WEEKEND: Friday, March 23rd and Saturday, March 24th The Nassau Music Society continues its 2011-2012 Season with two evenings of piano & cello featuring Wei-Yi Yang and Ole Akahoshi from Yale University. These concerts are under the patronage of His Excellency Sir Arthur Foulkes, Governor General of The Bahamas and are sponsored by Société Générale Private Banking, Pictet, Royal Star Assurance and Colina Insurance Limited.

Ole Akahoshi on Cello and BOTTOM: Wei-Yi Yang on Piano
Friday evening's performance will take place at 8pm at St. Andrew's Kirk, on Shirley & Princess Streets. Saturday evening's performance will take place at 7:30 PM at St. Paul's Church Hall in Lyford Cay. You can reserve tickets online or purchase at the following Box Offices: A.D. Hanna & Co., Deveaux Street; Custom Computers, Cable Beach Shopping Centre; Logos Bookstore Harbour Bay Shopping Centre; and Moir & Co., Lyford Cay Shopping Centre. Tickets: Members: $25; Non-Members: $35; Students with valid id: $10. Tickets cost an extra $5 if purchased at the door. Proceeds toward the Nassau Music Society's scholarship fund. Click HERE to reserve your tickets at the Nassau Music Society website.


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Lignum Institute Microsoft Projects
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Saturday 14th April 2012  9:00 AM

Lignum Institute Of Technology Course Schedule Microsoft Projects April 14th, 2012 Saturdays only 9am-1pm Lignum Training Institute We provide training from project and risk management to customer service, computer training and other technical training. Harbour Bay Shopping Plaza Tel: 393-2164 Fax: 394-4971


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Cyberstalking: A new challenge for the workplace

Can you imagine your life without the use of the internet or a cellphone?  Probably not!  Emails and other electronic devices have become such critical vehicles for communicating and doing business, that it is hard to imagine how we ever lived without them. Unfortunately, as great as the Internet and other electronic devices may be, they have also become vehicles for scams, viruses and more recently in the workplace, a tool used by employees to engage in character assassination of each other via social networks, online harassment and cyberstalking.
Last week I sat in horror and listened as one of my international clients relayed a story that was so mind blowing, I felt like I was watching a cloak-and-dagger espionage movie!  Obviously the story is too long to relay in this forum, but here is the abridged version.  My client was a victim of email spoofing!  Exactly!  I didn't know what is was either but apparently email spoofing "is the forgery of an email header so that the message appears to have originated from someone or somewhere other than the actual source."  In other words someone could send an email pretending to be you, and the receiver would have no reason to believe that it was not you, because the sender would be using your email address!  Yep it could happen!  Needless to say my client was in the hot seat and almost lost her job when she was confronted by the president of the company for supposedly sending mass emails to the entire staff highlighting the fact that he (the president) was "clueless, incompetent, lacked vision and was running the company into the ground."  Luckily for my client, someone in the information technology department decided to run a trace on the Internet Protocol (IP) address of the email and was able to track it to its real sender - a disgruntled employee who was recently demoted - go figure!
Having been a victim of online harassment and cyberstalking myself recently, (and for those of you who may not know what cyberstalking is, ladies and gentlemen "cyberstalking is the use of the Internet or other electronic means to stalk or harass an individual, a group of individuals, or an organization. It may include false accusations, monitoring, making threats, identity theft, damage to data or equipment, the solicitation of minors for sex, or gathering information in order to harass.  The definition of 'harassment' must meet the criterion that a reasonable person, in possession of the same information, would regard it as sufficient to cause another reasonable person distress." Wikipedia) I knew exactly what my client was going through.
So this week I interviewed Royal Bahamas Police Force Cyber Crimes guru, Sergeant Dale Strachan, to shed some light on this growing problem.  Here is what he had to say:
Question: Have you seen a rise in cyber crimes in The Bahamas, for example on Facebook, Twitter and other social networks?
Answer: Yes. We have seen a rise in cyber crime in the following areas:
i. Threats of harm or death;
ii. Emailing of slanderous images or comments;
iii. Email hacking;
iv. A crime called phishing (where a website is created to look like the original, but it is actually a fraud).  This fake site is use to gather personal information from unsuspecting persons to defraud them of money.  Complaints are mainly from foreign victims reporting that a financial institution in The Bahamas posted the site.
Question: Why do you believe we are experiencing such a spike in cyber crimes?  What seem to be the motive(s) of the perpetrators?
Answer: The fact that the perpetrator thinks his/her identity will remain anonymous seems to be the driving force.  Ultimately the perpetrator's intent is to embarrass the victim or put him or her in fear.
Question: Is sending malicious or defamatory emails a crime in The Bahamas?  Define malicious, define defamatory.
Answer: Yes both are crimes.  Malicious is defined as nasty, hateful, mean, wicked, cruel emails continually being sent to the annoyance of the receiver.  Also referred to as annoying email, malicious emails are similar to a common offence known as annoying telephone calls.  We can add that emails threatening or implying harm or death are also an offence and amount to threats of harm or threats of death.  Defamatory is defined as slanderous, derogatory emails that are distributed to others and used as a vehicle to attack a person's character.
Question: What recourse does the receiver of malicious or defamatory emails have?  Can they seek police help?
Answer: Depending on the offence committed, victims have the following recourse:
o Police action can be taken;
o You can have the person bond over to keep the peace;
o You can take civil action in a court or file a lawsuit;
o You can report the email address of the sender to the hosting company as abuse and it will be removed.
Question: How can you track the sender of a malicious email?
Answer: The sender is tracked by the header information (contained in the original email.)
Question: What suggestions can you give persons to safeguard their email accounts?
Answer: Many persons in The Bahamas reported that their email accounts were hacked.  Our investigation proved that the following methods were used to obtain their personal information:
o Individuals received a "pop up" asking them to reset their password information.  The "pop up" claimed that if the password was not reset that the individual would loose his/her account.  Once the password is reset hackers have full access to your account.
o Individuals received a "pop up" asking for personal information, specifically the question that was used when you created your account.  Once you answer these questions you give hackers access to your account
o Using a public computer: When you "log off" of a public computer, persons can come after you, run password recovery software and extract your information.
o Using computers at a friend's house or the work place, to access you email account: Again the password can be extracted using recovery software.  In the workplace many companies have software installed on computers that monitor employee action online.  This software also captures password information.
o Your wireless network: When you put a password on a website wirelessly, anyone with access to your network also has access to all of the computers on that network and they can "sniff" traffic to capture your password.
o Be aware of putting other people's jump drives in your computer. These jump drives may contain programs that auto run with one purpose - to extract all password information that might reside on you computer.
o Do not accept the browser's suggestion to save a password.
o Set the cache on your browser to delete on exit.
 
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Summer B.L.A.S.T.
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Monday 20th June 2011

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