Students urged to shine where they are placed
"It is not the school that you attend that makes you who you are but it is what you do with the available resources; that is what counts,” says 18-year-old Shackoyla Crooks of Godfrey Stewart High School in Westmoreland.
Shackoyla is a testament of her own words as through her drive, commitment and determination she attained 10 CSEC subjects with six distinctions, three credits and one pass in 2015.
She also earned five CAPE unit one subjects, with four distinctions and one credit.
For her achievement, she was named the top awardee at the National Child Month Committee’s (NCMC) 2016 Youth Academic Achievement Award (YAAA) ceremony held recently at The Knutsford Court Hotel.
The award programme recognises high-achieving students from non-traditional high schools across the island.
Shackoyla strongly believes that students can thrive wherever they are placed.
In her words of encouragement to students who attend or will be attending non-traditional institutions, she implored them not to let stigma deter them from achieving their goals.
She said they should always perform at their best and become “shining stars” regardless of the institutions that they attend.
During the ceremony, 15 other students from non-traditional high schools across the island were honoured.
To qualify for the YAAA, students must attend a non-traditional high school, attain five or more subjects at the CSEC level and overcome great odds to achieve these outstanding results. They should also be involved in community service in keeping with the spirit of voluntarism.