Jamaica Prefects’ Association awards outstanding members
Several prefects and schools islandwide were recently awarded by the Jamaica Prefects’ Association (JPA) for their exemplary contribution to nation building and commitment to youth development.
The award ceremony and luncheon, attended by representatives from 35 five high schools, took place at the Sagicor Auditorium and served as the culminating activity in 2019 for the association.
Numerous prefectures vied for several awards including regional awards for initiative, community development, sponsorship development grant, the top region of the year and the enviable title of prefecture of the year.
At the same time, several prefects competed for the Prefects’ Choice Award, the most rounded prefect award, the award for prefect that has overcome the most obstacles and the prestigious Youth Minister Award for Leadership.
Outgoing President David Salmon, in his address, outlined his vision for the association to be an instrument for social change “that can bridge the division in our education system, and be a vehicle to overcome the prejudice in our society.” He added, “If we can remain committed, determined and selfless in our duty to create a new country, then there is nothing we cannot achieve.”
Salmon also thanked longstanding partners for their support, including the title sponsor for the event, Sagicor Investments, as well as the Wolmer’s Boys’ Parents Teachers Association, Association of Principal and Vice Principals and the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association.
However, the highlight of the ceremony was the keynote address given by the Political Ombudsman, Donna Parchment-Brown as she challenged the gathering to implement the principles of integrity in leadership. She said,“Rectitude or morally correct behaviour and not solely the dependency on our intellect, is what builds great leaders.”
In his remarks, Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Alando Terrelonge, advised the students to be a voice for the voiceless. He also encouraged students to embrace the beauty of themselves and emphasised the importance of education.
Recipient of the Youth Minister’s Award for Leadership, Frome Technical High Deputy Head Boy, Rashi Pearce, told The Gleaner, “This award means so much to me because communities are constantly considering programmes to make things work better without even considering the beauty of volunteering and leadership.”
The JPA Youth Award for Initiative was given to the prefectures that have taken steps to improve their schools' physical and social environment. The awardees are listed below:
- Region 1 (Kingston and St Andrew) Pembroke Hall High School-
- Region 2 (St Thomas, St Mary and Portland) St Mary High School
- Region 3 (Trelawny and St Ann) St Hilda’s Diocesan High School
- Region 4 (St James, Westmoreland and Hanover) Frome Technical High School
- Region 6 (St Catherine and Clarendon) Charlemont High School
The JPA Award for Community Development was given to the institutions that have taken steps to improve the wider community in which their schools are located. The awardees were:
- Region 1 - Calabar High School
- Region 3 - Westwood High School
- Region 4 - Cornwall College
- Region 5 - Hampton School
The Top Region Award was given to the regional vice presidents that carried out the most successful activities throughout the course of the year and were successful in mobilizing the schools under their jurisdiction to participate in JPA activities. Region 3 Vice President, Shereka Simmonds and Region 5 Vice President, Omolora Wilson received this award.
Additionally, Kingston College was given the Jamaica Prefects’ Association Sponsorship Grant, which was awarded to the school that was able to thrive in difficult circumstances and have shown potential for greatness.
However, it was Wolmer’s Boys’ School that emerged from a crowded field of candidates to win the JPA Award for the Prefecture of the Year. This award was given to the prefecture that has done the most, in the Board of Trustee’s view, to impact the lives of the leaders of the school.