A number of students of the St. Martin’s Secondary School (SMSS) began their Christmas vacation on a high note. This, after they were awarded at a ceremony held at the Catholic Pastoral Centre on Thursday, 8th December, 2022, during which students were awarded for excellence in academic and non-academic fields during the 2021-2022 academic year.
Eligible students turned up with their parents/guardians and were celebrated and serenaded by the Awards Committee of the SMSS.
Academic awards came under the following headings: Principal’s Award for students who had attained the Dean’s Honour Roll for all three Terms with Forms 1 and 2 receiving an average in excess of 80%, Form 3’s in excess of 75%; and Forms 4 and 5 in excess of 70%. Among these honorees were: Johanni Quashi-Browne, Jofari Ash, Jaheim Jack, Desray Samuel, Alexander Cummings, Bashar Abu-eid and Devanta Dasilva, of which the final three listed achieved their percentages for all term and exam grades.
The CSEC Performance Award was given to the students who attained at least 9 subjects at their external exams: Alex Chahda, Aberdean Williams, Amari Charles, Javantice Friday, Tyrese Connell, Aeden McLean, and Tamal Walters.
Non-academic awards were presented for sporting disciplines of Football – Malachi McMaster; Athletics – J’mar Saunders; and Swimming – Matthew Ballah. There were also awards for Performing Arts to students heavily involved in performing activities internally and externally. These went to DeAndre Simmons and Calique Lewis for music and drama in their representation of the school at the Junior Soca Monarch and Junior Calypso competitions in 2022.
Additionally, there was the Good Citizen Christian Brother Award for outstanding service to the school and community in line with the Good Citizens characteristics of: obeying rules; respecting authority; contributing to school and community in various ways; exhibiting a love for his school; is courteous and respectful to others, trustworthy and honest, tolerant, and accountable; has moral courage and self-discipline, and is responsible. This went to Rorlando Mornix.
The Deportment Award to students who carried themselves well with uniform always tidy and aligns with the school rules including pants, shoes, belt and hairstyle, went to Joshua King and Rorlando Mornix.
The Attendance and Punctuality Award was presented to students who were never absent or late for the entire school year. Recipients were: Govyron Pope, Tyler Richards, Ike Prescod, Joshua Murphy, Jordon Mason and Leo Vaughn.
These students have all been great examples for their colleagues and this current school will reveal those who have forged a path to fit into their shoes or even reach for greater achievement.