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Southaven Citizens' Association lauds students

Published:Thursday | September 28, 2017 | 12:00 AMShanna Monteith

SOUTHAVEN, St Thomas:

The Southaven Citizen's Association (SCA) in St Thomas is staying true to its commitment to community development as it recently awarded scholarships to several students, most of whom attend the institution located in its neighbourhood, Yallahs High School.

The monetary scholarships are products of an Education, Career and Business Expo, which was held earlier this year on the compound through a partnership with the school.

Coordinator of the expo and teacher at the institution, Christine Watson, told Rural Xpress that the SCA saw a need to partner with the school in its community and to offer more scholarships to students who are doing well academically.

According to her: "In this way, the community can work more closely with the school and aid in its growth."

The awards ceremony was held last week at Yallahs High School and saw six students benefiting from nearly $300,000 in various scholarship payouts from the SCA and its various sponsors.

Jamaal Johnson and Andrea Folkes were awarded SCA scholarships, Dan-A Davis and Donique Lumsden benefited from the Herbert and Albertine Boothe Scholarship, while Dacia Dixon and Annecia Campbell received the Courtney Dean Williams Scholarship.

Principal of Yallahs High School Mark Malabver expressed gratitude to the initiative of the citizens' association and spoke highly of their newly formed partnership.

"The students and parents are also really happy, primarily because some of them are from low socio-economic background and many struggle to find basic necessities to survive yet alone to send their children to school, so the scholarship is more than welcome.

"It also serves the purpose of encouraging students who are looking on that if they work hard they will achieve, in keeping with our motto," he said, adding that other people may also take note of the students' performance and reward them.

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