Noranda Bauxite gives scholarships, challenges students to excel
Noranda Bauxite has continued its annual scholarship fund this year, donating just under $1.7 million to students who have excelled at the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) level.
At the same time, Craig Thompson, Noranda's operations director, has challenged the students to continue to do well.
Just under 70 top GSAT students, drawn from the companies' operating areas in St Ann, and representing more than 30 schools, have each received $25,000 grants as they prepare to begin secondary education come September.
In addition to the grants, the overall top male and female performers were presented with laptops by the company.
The top male performer was Tajuan Brown, whose father, Sheldon Brown, accepted his awards. The top female was the brilliant Nia-Arie McNish of Servite Primary.
Tajaun of Glen Prep in Discovery Bay scored 100 per cent in science, social studies and language arts and had an average of 98.2. He will attend York Castle High School.
Nia-Arie scored 100 per cent in science, social studies, Language arts and communication task and 99 in mathematics in the GSAT examination and was subsequently awarded the JAG Smith Scholarship as the top female GSAT performer in Jamaica. She will attend Westwood High School.
Meanwhile, Thompson has challenged the students to continue working hard.
Speaking at the recent ceremony at the Port Rhodes Sports Club in Discovery Bay, St Ann, Thompson said: "You have earned your award today based on your academic records and all round performance, which have indicated serious application, discipline, and the potential to succeed," Thompson said at the recent presentation ceremony.
"We expect that you will continue to work equally hard to accomplish your academic goals."
Parent-teacher body hails bauxite company
Lennon Richards, president of the National Parent-Teacher Association of Jamaica, who participated in Noranda's scholarship awards ceremony, praised the bauxite company for recognising the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) top performers.
"I am proud of your corporate social responsibility, which will place Noranda Bauxite Company in the annals of the National Parent-Teacher Association of Jamaica as a very good corporate citizen towards our children in St Ann," Richards said as he addressed those in attendance for the ceremony.
The company has been recognising the top GSAT performers and tertiary level students in its operating areas for many years.
Over the next two weeks, Noranda will also assist tertiary- level students by giving grants to 50 students entering college and university for the first time this year.
Apart from the annual scholarship grants, Noranda has consistently assisted sports in the parish and, each summer, plays host to more than 300 children, ages nine to 14, at their annual summer camp for cricket and netball as well as character development.
The company also offers holiday jobs to students each summer. This year, more than 50 students benefited from a job at the company during the holiday break.
"Noranda believes in giving back to the community and the country as an important part of our social obligations and commitment," Thompson noted.