Excelsior Community College honours top performers

Sunday, November 04, 2018

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Over 200 students of Excelsior Community College who the institution says have distinguished themselves not only in academics, but also in their personal commitments to others and their communities, were honoured at the institution's annual awards ceremony two Thursdays ago.

“The awardees have succeeded in the face of personal, financial and academic challenges. Through discipline, sacrifice and the refusal to accept defeat, these students have excelled,” Principal Philmore McCarthy said.

He stated that the ceremony is also about challenging and inspiring other students to excel in all spheres of college life and their communities.

“We want our students to strive for academic excellence but also go beyond the call of duty in their social lives. We are interested in developing the whole person,” he added.

Public relations officer Robin Clarke explained that the ethos of the St Andrew-based institution is to provide students with opportunities to develop skills in leadership, sports, work experience, moral conscience and social outreach.

“The awards ceremony is all about celebrating the multifaceted student who exemplifies the true Excelsorian character: the one who is not only bright but also a social leader; the one who volunteers; the one who participates and excels in sports; the one who goes beyond the call of duty and the one who comes up with innovative ways of solving the problems at the college as well as in their communities,” he said.

That character was exemplified best by a set of triplets who each received the highest award of the event — the Chairman's Award for Academic Excellence. They are Danice Lloyd, a student in the School of Nursing & Allied Health, Kharece Lloyd, a student in School of Engineering Logistics & Built Environment and Patrice Lloyd from the School of Business & Entrepreneurial Studies.

Their mother, Sonia Lloyd, was beaming with pride.

“How can I begin to tell you how proud I am of my daughters? All of my daughters are so special to me and continue to make me a proud mommy.

“God has been kind to us in allowing the girls to do so well. I'm really happy to see their discipline in getting the work done,” she said.

The Chairman's Award is for students who have achieved an average grade of 80 per cent and above.

Other awards presented were the Principal's Award, for students who have achieved an academic average of 75-79 per cent; the Student Services Award for those who have contributed to the social and cultural life of the college; the Special Academic Award; and the Earl Buckle Award, in honour of the late vice-principal, Dr Earl Buckle.

Specially invited guests at the invitation-only event included Dr Orville Beckford, chairman of the Council of Community College of Jamaica, and Eaton Hendricks, accreditation officer of the University Council of Jamaica.

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