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Maggotty High celebrates high achievers

BY GARFIELD MYERS Editor-at-Large South/Central Bureau myersg@jamaicaobserver.com

Monday, December 16, 2013    

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SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — Brouhaha over video pictures circulated on the Internet of students involved in lewd dancing two years ago cast a long, disruptive shadow.

However, when the Maggotty High School community gathered last month for their annual awards function, they focused on high achievement.

"You are keeping alive a long tradition of excellence," keynote speaker Colleen Dennis, educator, author and a past student of the school, told the assembled student body, teachers and parents.

Maggotty High was built in 1971 initially as a junior secondary institution. Upgraded to high school status in 1988, the institution now caters for 2,000 students pursuing academics and vocational training on a two-shift system.

At the awards ceremony, high-performing students were recognised for their achievements in internal and external examinations (CAPE and CSEC) in 2013.

Roshawn Green (four passes including two distinctions) and Sharnelle White (five passes) were the top CAPE performers.

At the CSEC level, Danique Brown, Shana-Gay Ellis, Netesha Lewis and Osheen Wright were the top students with nine subjects each.

Britania McCallum received the Principal's Award for the highest average (87.3 per cent) in internal exams.

Principal of Maggotty High, Rawle Bent said the aim of the annual awards ceremony was to encourage hard work.

"We want the students to understand that when you work hard you will be rewarded," he told journalists.

Bent said the school was in dire needed of expanded facilities to make life easier for students and staff. There was need for an auditorium, a holding area for children arriving for the afternoon shift as well as additional classrooms and laboratories, the principal said.

"We have been trying to operate a school in limited space but we are in great need of more room," he said.

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