Thirteen school leavers from ten government primary schools were recognised during recent school-leaving ceremonies (23 June-8 July) for demonstrating exemplary performance in academics, leadership and overall school involvement during the 2020-2021 academic year.
Education Minister, the Honourable Juliana O'Connor-Connolly, congratulated the school leavers for their achievements. "I extend well-deserved congratulations to each of our 2021 school leavers. I also congratulate the recipients of the special awards for exceeding the expected standards and achieving academic excellence."
Minister O'Connor-Connolly continued, "As you move on to high school, I urge you all to work hard, stay focused, and utilise the knowledge you acquired during your time at primary school to navigate your path."
Among the top achievers were Prospect Primary School head boy and valedictorian Lance Ching and Edna Moyle Primary School's Aaron Delapenha, who received the IRG Student of the Year Award after obtaining awards for exemplary conduct, perfect attendance, and consistent effort.
Also on the list were Sir John A. Cumber head girl Ashley Miguel-Diaz and prefect Chloe Williams. Joanna Clarke Primary School's head girl, top writer and outstanding math student Mikayla Thames also received the Principal's Cup and awards for music, excellence in technology and perfect attendance.
Theoline L. McCoy, head girl Jahniya McCoy and prefect Leah McLean, received the Principal's Honour Roll for outstanding performance in mathematics, English, and science. Jahniya also received awards for music, citizenship, perfect attendance, consistent effort and exemplary conduct, while Leah received additional awards for her outstanding athletics and involvement in the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA).
George Town Primary School's J-Mar Clark received the award for academic excellence and was one of the Principal's Awards seven recipients.
Red Bay Primary School's top student Ikenna Eleweanya obtained nine subject awards, two music awards, awards for citizenship, cricket, excellence and the Principal's Award.
East End Primary School's Jayden Russell received the Will Jackson Award for Academic Excellence after obtaining an award for consistent effort, nine subject area awards, certificates of involvement for three sporting disciplines and National Children's Festival of the Arts (NCFA) Scouts.
Talia Bustillo Bing received the KP Tibbetts Award and the Fire Service Award for the top student at the Creek & Spot Bay Primary School. Outstanding West End Primary School swimmer Rishona Chambers and talented musician Garrison French received awards for extracurricular activities. They also received the Fire Service Awards for top students and awards from the Rotary Club of Cayman Brac.
At the secondary school level, the Lighthouse School's Calum Walsh-O'Brien was recognised for attaining a distinction in math and merit in English in the 2019 City and Guilds Examinations.
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