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Campion Honours its first Rhodes Scholars

Published:Tuesday | November 24, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Mitzi Grant (left) of Neveast shares a drink with Paul East of Neveast and Devita McLaren, Marketing Manager of Access Financial.
Kaili McDonnough-Scott (centre) with fellow Campion alumni Lisa Hogarth (right) and Natalie Desnoes are all beautiful in black.
Campion old boys Robert Richards shares lens time with fellow Campion alumni William Mahfood and Kevin Hendrickson.
Past student Melissa Hendrickson of the Courtleigh Hotels with Michael McGrane, Branch Manager at Toyota.
CCAA executive members (from left) Adam Jones, Sean Morgan and David Silvera presents Hall of Fame Recipient Dr Yolande Chan Brown with her citation on behalf of the CCAA board.
The Gleaner's managaing director Christopher Barnes presents Hall of Fame recipient Robert Hew with a one-year online subscription.

Campion College Alumni Association (CCAA) held its annual Hall of Fame dinner hosted by Proven Investments Limited on Thursday night to honour two of their most illustrious and accomplished Alumni, Dr Yolande Brown Chan and Robert Hew. They both left the school in the 1970s and went on to become Rhodes Scholars. Brown Chan, now an academic residing in Canada, is the associate vice-principal at Queen's University. Robert is a retired entrepreneur who managed to grow and sell his business to a company listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

Cadres of Campionites and friends of the school turned up to show their support for their past schoolmates and also to support the CCAA Scholarship Fund, which provides assistance to students who cannot afford the educational expenses. President of the CCAA, Adam Jones, made a compelling case for increased support to the school, citing not only the increased financial need of students in recent times, but also that the children have maintained and increased the standard of excellence through talent and hard work over the decades.

The night started with cocktails at 6:30 p.m. followed by greetings from the school and the alumni and then a four-course dinner by Jamaica Pegasus head chef Marc Cole, which included a delectable cream of pumpkin soup appetiser and an herb-crusted jerk lamb chop rosemary mint reduction served with grilled red snapper and string bean, with bell pepper, bundled yam and codfish rundown for the main course.

Entertainment included the sensational Jessica Yap, who performed her rendition of popular '70s songs such as Rock the Boat, while the Campion Music Band kept dinner lively with their contemporary instrumentals.

After dinner, Terri-Karelle Reid introduced the awardees and welcomed the Campion head boy and head girl to read the citations of their predecessors. Both readings were followed by fanfare presentations to both awardees, each getting their own standing ovation by the now-inspired and awed audience. A night of celebration ended on a serious note with a plea for assistance to the school from the chair of the Hall of Fame committee, David Silvera, who went in-depth as to why Campion is still the best performing school in the island and the role the alumni has to play for the institution to continue to excel.