Education Minister urges essay contest winners to be humble, thankful and do their best

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Minister of Education, the Hon. Jeffrey Lloyd honed in the message of humility, thankfulness and always doing your best at the closing ceremony of the Laws of Life Essay Competition. Some 2000 entries were submitted by primary, junior and senior high students in the 2018 competition now in its tenth year since its reintroduction to The Bahamas. The competition is organized by the Templeton World Charity Foundation and the Ministry of Education.

This year marks the first time a video contest was introduced to the competition. Entries were received in a group or individual categories.  Teachers, parents, and well-wishers attended the event. They were entertained by Queen’s College Choir and Aquinas College Pop Band.

“If there is ever a prayer from your lips, it is thank you. Always thank your parents, thank your teachers, thank those things that do not go right because it is a set up for the things that are coming to you; thank this charitable foundation, thank Sir John Templeton, thank the Ministry of Education, thank the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. Be thankful at all times,” said Minister Lloyd.

In his appeal to the students to exercise humility, he reminded them of one of the Beatitudes … “’Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom….’  Life isn’t about you; life is about life and you are the instrument of its magnificence.” Moreover, Minister Lloyd encouraged the students to do their best in everything. “Always do your best. The most important worship in life is to be your best,” he stated. Minister Lloyd extended appreciation to the committee, the judges and the Foundation.

He said, “This is a magnanimous task but it also speaks to what this Foundation means and has meant to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. We’re grateful to them and grateful for them.”

Video contest winners:

Aneka Minnis, Charisma Minnis (Queen’s College) and Jurusha Munroe (St. Anne’s) – 1st Place.

Kathleen Mendoza (St. Francis de Sales School) – 2nd Place.
Grace Turner, Samia Rampersaud (Bishop Michael Eldon School) – 3rd Place.
Michael Miller (Genesis Academy) – Honourable Mention.
Grade 11, C. C. Sweeting Senior High School – Honourable Mention.

Essay contest winners are pictured standing with President of Templeton World Charity Foundation, Dr. Andrew Serazin.  The winners are:

R’yanna Wilson, Sadie Curtis Primary School – 1st Place Primary Division (center);
Danielle Saunders, St. Augustine’s College – 1st Place Junior Division (left); and
K’Shura Hanna, Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Academy – 1st Place Senior Division (Overall Winner – Highest Scoring Essay).

More images from the Laws of Life Essay Competition Below:

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