Morant Bay High School Alumni Association comes home in fine style
Jolyn Bryan, Gleaner Writer
Heavy intermittent showers could not put a damper on the spirit of patrons who turned out in their numbers at the Morant Bay High School Alumni Association's Homecoming Dinner and Dance recently. With sumptuous food and lively music, a good time was had by all, alumni and specially invited guests alike.
The highlight of the association's homecoming weekend, the event was held at picturesque Whispering Bamboo Cove in Retreat, St Thomas. Ably entertained through the musical talent of the Audley Searchwell and Friend's Band, patrons were then thrilled with performances from the 'Fantastic Four' quartet of DiMario McDowell, past student Dr Emerson Henry, Maurice Henry and Michael Powell, regular performers at the annual 'Powerful Men and Women Perform for Charity' concert. And despite the rains, many patrons danced long into the night.
Alumni Association vice-president Shelly-Ann Thompson highlighted the importance of the funds raised through the homecoming dinner and dance, a large portion of which will go to refurbishing the general purpose room at Morant Bay High School. Thompson spoke about the need for alumni to support the association's initiatives to enrich the school.
The association recently assisted the school in becoming a Wi-Fi friendly, wireless campus; with free internet access to any compatible device. Another initiative, the Math Improvement Project, saw the math average at the school being raised from 32 per cent to 72 per cent, with an 81 per cent pass in 2014. Morant Bay High School also placed first in the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Exams in home management and geography, and second in sociology and agricultural science.
The Caribbean Examinations Council also recognised Morant Bay High School student Jhanel Garwood, awarding her third-place for her 12 distinctions in the 2014 Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate examinations. Alumni also lent their support to the Miss Teen Morant Bay 2014, whose winner, Kendene Barrett, was present, and brought greetings on Saturday night.
The alumni association also hosted a meet and greet at the school prior to the dinner and dance, giving past and present students an opportunity to interact. Homecoming weekend concluded with a church service at the Morant Bay Methodist Church, where alumni turned out to give thanks for the association's past successes.