RBDF Partners with Cat Island Students

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Students from the various primary and high schools in Cat Island receiving their awards during the 14th Annual Short Story/Poetry Competition presentation of certificates and awards on November 30th, 2020. (Photo courtesy of RBDF)

As the Royal Bahamas Defence Force continues to enforce the Commander Defence Force, Commodore Raymond King’s strategic intent on focusing on talent management and national youth development, members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force’s (RBDF) Squadron Department visited the island of Cat Island to support students who recently participated in a national competition.

Ms. Olivia King, Principal of Old Bight Primary School along with Senior
Lieutenant Alexis Brown, Commanding Officer HMBS LEON LIVINGSTONE SMITH and
Lieutenant Darren Bethel, Executive Officer. (Photo courtesy of RBDF)

Led by Senior Lieutenant Alexis Brown, the Commanding Officer of patrol craft HMBS LEON LIVINGSTONE SMITH and his crew, the team of Officers and Marines assisted with the 14th Annual Short Story/Poetry Competition presentation of certificates and awards on November 30th, 2020. This event, which attracts the brightest students throughout the country, is coordinated by Ms. Vera Chase, president and published author of Historian of the Early Bahamas.

Malia Thacker, student of Orange Creek receiving her award from Lieutenant
Bethel during the 14th Annual Short Story/Poetry Competition presentation of certificates and
awards on November 30th, 2020. Standing at left is Senior Lieutenant Alexis Brown,
Commanding Officer HMBS LEON LIVINGSTONE SMITH. (Photo courtesy of RBDF)

Making the presentations at the Eris Moncur Resort Center in Knowles’, Cat Island was Ms. Olivia King, Principal of Old Bight Primary School. RBDF personnel assisted with the presentation of accolades to the overall winning students from various primary and high schools throughout the island. Aiden King and Aerius Smith from Old Bight Primary School took first place in their respective categories, Malia Thacker from Orange Creek Primary School placed first in her group and Marcus Thacker from Arthur’s Town High School came first. As the Royal Bahamas Defence Force continues to patrol and protect the territorial integrity of the Bahamas, the organization also focuses on community building.

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