Top Achievers in 2020 National Exams Receive Awards

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Chardonnay Garrick, a student of the University of The Bahamas, received the Marjorie Davis Award for Best Overall BGCSE Performance in Government Schools. She is pictured centre with the Hon. Jeffrey Lloyd, Minister of Education and Lorraine Armbrister, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education.

Top achievers from public and private institutions throughout the country who excelled in the 2020 National Bahamas Junior Certificate & Bahamas General Certificate of Secondary Education examinations were celebrated at the National Awards Presentations hosted by the Examination & Assessment Division of the Ministry of Education. The event, scaled-down due to COVID-19 protocols, was held at the Holy Trinity Activities Centre and live streamed on various social media platforms on Monday, April 26, 2021. Parents, MOE officials, school administrators and teachers attended the ceremony.

A newspaper supplement will be published to recognize the top recipients of awards. At an appropriate time ceremonies will also be held in each district to honour the highest achievers. Kamori Sawyer, a student of Queen’s College, received the Paul Adderley Award for the Most Outstanding Student BGCSE Performance. She also received the Carol Hanna Award for the Best Overall BGCSE Performance in independent schools and best BGCSE results for New Providence. She earned 13As in the BGCSE and a Subject Award for Literature. She aspires to pursue a career in Biomedical Engineering.

Chardonnay Garrick received the Marjorie Davis Award for the Best Overall BGCSE Performance in government schools. She earned 5As, 1B and 1C. She presently attends the University of The Bahamas.

Cherkadin Wells, a student of Queen’s College, earned 12As in the BJC. He was recognized for the Most Outstanding BJC Performance, the Best Overall BJC Performance in Independent Schools and the Best BJC results by island. He received a subject award for Mathematics.

Cherkadin Wells is the recipient of the Most Outstanding BJC performance award,
Best Overall BJC Performance in Independent Schools and BJC Best by Island (New
Providence) award. Minister Jeffrey Lloyd presents him with his awards.

Kerrine Simeon, a former student of C. H. Reeves Junior High School, received the Best Overall BJC Performance award in government schools (10As). She is presently attending R.M. Bailey High Senior High School and has chosen to pursue
a career in Accounting/Business Studies.

Kerrine Simeon is the recipient of the Best Overall BJC Performance in
Government Schools’ award. She receives her award from the Hon. Jeffrey Lloyd,
Minister of Education.

Stephanardo Rolle, a student of C. R. Walker Senior High School, earned the Best Overall BJC Performance award by a Male in government schools (9As, 2Bs). He aspires to become a General Surgeon.

Stephanardo Rolle accepts his award for Best Overall BJC Performance by a male
in Government Schools from the Hon. Jeffrey Lloyd, Minister of Education.

“I am proud of each of you. I congratulate and thank God for you and what you have demonstrated this past 14 months,” said the Minister of Education the Hon. Jeffrey Lloyd.

“We are here to single out students who have persevered despite the challenges presented by the pandemic. We are here first to recognize the top five performers in the 2020 BJC and BGCSE examinations in both public and private schools. These students and their parents, guardians and teachers deserve huge accolades for their achievements.”

Minister Lloyd congratulated the students and thanked educators, school staff, and parents, who continue to encourage students to prepare for exams. “Many parents lost their jobs, many students were without devices, internet connectivity and in some cases without security or electricity. Yet many persevered and triumphed over adversity.

“Students, through your resilience you have demonstrated to your peers that it is possible to remain steadfast to your studies and achieve success despite the unprecedented challenges you had to face,” he said.

Kamori Sawyer accepts awards from the Hon. Jeffrey Lloyd, Minister of Education.
She is the recipient of the Paul Adderley Award for Most Outstanding BGCSE
Performance, the Carol Hanna Award for Best Overall BGCSE Performance in
Independent Schools and BGCSE Best by Island (New Providence).

In the BJC exams, three students of SC McPherson Junior High School attained at least 8As, two students from CH Reeves Junior High School earned 9As and 10As, and two students from HO Nash Junior High School received 9As and 8As respectively. Despite the pandemic, in the 2020 BGCSE there was an improvement in 15 subjects. Overall, 68.2 per cent of the candidates earned
grades between A and D compared to 71 per cent in 2019. Evelyn Sawyer, Assistant Director of Education, Examination and Assessment Division said the awardees have demonstrated that they have embraced the values of self-discipline, flexibility, perseverance, tolerance, resilience, self- confidence and a zeal for learning.

A view of the National Awards Presentation ceremony for BGCSE and BJC
examinations at Holy Trinity Activities Centre. (BIS Photos/Kristaan Ingraham)

“The success of the 2020 national exams could not have occurred without such extraordinary strength of character in many who opted to take the examinations.

“We celebrate your spirit and the spirit of the people who were behind you – school administrators – teachers, parents, relatives and community leaders. Yes, behind you, beside you and in front of you encouraging you to finish the race. We applaud you,” said Mrs. Sawyer. The outstanding students received prizes including plaques, laptops and other incentives.