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Lauryn Rolle is 2013 Primary School Student of the Year

  • Lauryn Rolle of St. Thomas More Catholic Primary School was awarded a $5,000 scholarship and a computer. AHVIA J. CAMPBELL

Published: May 21, 2013

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Eleven-year-old Lauryn Rolle of St. Thomas More Catholic Primary School was on Saturday declared the Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year Foundation’s ‘2013 Student of the Year’.

Lauryn won the award over 122 other outstanding students from primary schools throughout The Bahamas.

The prestigious title came with a $5,000 scholarship donated by Bank of The Bahamas and a computer courtesy of Dr. Jonathan Ford.

The dynamic student, who is the great-granddaughter of legendary educator Theodore Grant Glover, has already achieved many accolades and milestones in her short lifespan.

She was overcome with tears as her attributes were described by Jacqueline Bethel, who chairs the judging panel.

After composing herself, she stated, “Words cannot describe how I feel. I have waited three years for this to happen. This has never happened at my school. We have had a third and a second, but this is the first time we have won.”

Minister of Education, Science and Technology Jerome Fitzgerald told parents at the ceremony at Golden Gates Assembly that their children represented the best and the brightest in The Bahamas and they are all winners.

“There are approximately 6,000 grade six students in The Bahamas. The students on stage represent two percent of that number,” he said.

Fitzgerald encouraged parents to embrace their children, whatever the outcome of the competition, and not complain.

The minister told the honorees that this is only one of many honors and awards they will receive if they stay focused, committed to excellence, work hard in school, remain humble and most importantly, honor God.

“He has given you all of these extraordinary talents. Use them to honor him,” he said.

Vashti Darling of St. John’s College’s won the first Primary School Student of the Year title in 1996.

Since then, eight other students from independent schools have won and seven from public schools.  The winners have come from New Providence, Abaco, Grand Bahama and Eleuthera.

Since its inception the program has awarded over $800,000 in scholarships. Fifty-two of the 123 students in 2013 were awarded scholarships.

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