Frankfield celebrates Girls' Champs
THERE were massive celebrations in sections of Clarendon yesterday as hundreds of students flooded the streets of the busy town of Frankfield to mark the victory of Edwin Allen High School in the girls' section of the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys' and Girls' Athletics Championships.
"We are champions, we are number one," said Brianna Bailey, a student, beaming with pride.
"I am so excited, words cannot express," added Davelle Ankle, another student.
"When I heard about the achievement, I knew I had to be at the school come Monday morning," said Rupert Edwards, a parent.
"We feel elated. The students are wonderful," noted Cora Gayle, mother of a student at the school.
The students and parents commented as they joined large groups of supporters who gathered on the grounds of the Clarendon-based institution yesterday to celebrate the accomplishment of the institution's second lien, following their first two years ago.
Edwin Allen High School on Saturday reclaimed the title as female champions after securing a total 337.5 points to dethrone former champions Holmwood Technical.
The school was followed by St Jago on 263 and Hydel in third with 229 points.
Holmwood finished fourth on 211.5 points.
As students celebrated, the sounds from the vuvuzela horns could be heard metres away, while the victory cries pierced the midday air yesterday.
Classes at the school were suspended for the day to accommodate the celebrations.
"This win for us is just phenomenal," exclaimed Everton Walters, principal of the school.
"The win is particularly special as it comes at the same time the school is celebrating its 50th anniversary," he added.
Member of Parliament for North West Clarendon, Richard Azan, who was also on hand at the school, said he was happy.
Meanwhile, Michael Dyke, head coach of the team, was in a mood of reflection.
"Last year when we lost to Holmwood we made a vow that we would be coming back strong and the months of hard work has paid off," Dyke told the Jamaica Observer.
And head coach of the boys' team, Glasford Abnah Stoner, was also overjoyed.
"We are very proud of the work of the students," he said.
He noted that despite not winning, the performance from the boys was also historic.
"This year the boys for the first time in the history of the school ended in the top seven, and this is tremendous," said the coach.