Petrojam Limited recently hosted its eighth annual GSAT Awards Ceremony, under the theme, Building Future Leaders. Four students from Greenwich All Age and St. Andrew Primary Schools were presented with scholarships valued at J$240,000 each over five years at the 8th Annual Petrojam GSAT Awards Luncheon held Thursday, July 31 at the Terra Nova Hotel.
The 2014 awardees are Ricardo Anderson and Jahmella Irey of St. Andrew Primary School and Nicholas Grant and Brittney Green from Greenwich All-Age School.
Ricardo and Jahmella will be attending Ardenne High and Excelsior High School respectively while Nicholas and Brittney will be off to Meadowbrook High and Wolmers Girls.
Keynote Speaker, Former Miss Jamaica World and Brand Manager of Gleaner Online, Terri-Karelle Reid urged the students to set clearly defined goals as they pursue their respective dreams.” It is said that without goals and plans to reach them, you are like a ship that set sail with no destination; keep your priorities,” she urged. She noted that their success will be dependent on vigilance in the selection of their friends and discipline in conduct and their approach to their studies. Mrs. Reid also appealed to the parents to drawer closer to their children during these adolescent years and to develop a relationship which facilitates easy and frequent interaction with them.
Staying true to its commitment to advancing the educational development of the nation’s youth, Petrojam this year expanded its scholarship programme to include St. Andrew Primary School. General Manager, Winston Watson noted that education is a core pillar of the company’s outreach and the expansion of the programme is a demonstration of ongoing efforts by the organization to increase access to education as it plays its part in building future leaders. Both institutions are located within the environs of the oil refinery.
“We all can agree that the GSAT exam is no “walk in the park… It is challenging and demands months of preparation, discipline and hard work,” he noted, adding. “It is therefore only befitting that today we reward these students for their outstanding performances,” said Mr. Watson as he congratulated the students and respective school staff.
He also pledged the company’s commitment to the GSAT Programme and other educational initiatives, noting , “Petrojam will continue to honour our commitment to this GSAT Programme and other educational initiatives, as we play our part in making Jamaica, a better place to live, work, raise families and do business.“
Petrojam also presented other awards to the 2014 GSAT Class of both institutions. From Greenwich All-Age, Tia Robinson was awarded most disciplined student; Alicia Graham was awarded most improved female student; Jamoke James was awarded most improved male student; Aliea Gardner was awarded outstanding achiever in arts; and Selena Facey was awarded outstanding achiever in sports. Nicholas Grant who received the Top Boy Trophy also copped the award for Best Attendance/ Punctuality, while Brittney Green, copped the award for Outstanding Achiever in Mathematics.
From St Andrew Primary, Top Boy Ricardo Anderson copped three other awards –
Outstanding Achiever in the Arts; Outstanding Achiever in Mathematics and Most Outstanding Student. Top Girl Jahmella Irey also copped the award for Most Disciplined Student. D’Andre Bartley secured the award for Most Improved Male Student; Shanneal Parker received an for Best Attendance/Punctuality; Raheem Buckley was awarded Outstanding Achiever in Sports and Tashieca Bowen was judged Most Improved Female.