The Frederick Smith Secondary School motto states Covet The Best Gifts; and, yesterday morning, students were encouraged to covet the opportunity of education at the school’s 35th anniversary and thanksgiving service in school hall.
The word came from former student of the then St James Secondary School, Sandra Sealy who, along with her sister Dr Cheryl Rock, also a former student, launched the first ever Rock And Sealy Scholarship at the school, which was presented to first recipient Jalita Wickham. Wickham is pursuing pharmaceutical studies at the Barbados Community College (BCC).
Speaking on behalf of herself and her sister, who is currently overseas, Sealy told Barbados TODAY they understood how difficult it could be for students to study and sacrifice time.
“We understand how difficult it can be coming from a single-parent home and the sacrifices students often have to make in order to pursue their studies; and that is why my sister and I launched the Rock And Sealy Scholarship in order to give back to the students, especially those who have an interest in studying science subjects,” said Sealy.
She said the scholarship would be granted annually, and gave the students an incentive to work harder when she announced the Rock And Sealy Scholarship initiative would be donating to students who did well in class pins to wear on their uniforms. After her remarks Sealy presented 17-year-old Wickham with her scholarship, which the current BCC student graciously accepted by thanking God, her parents who was present to see her collect her award and her former teachers who helped her along the way.
The well spoken teenager took time to encourage those she had left behind to work hard at their studies and to always keep focused in all that they aspired to accomplish.
“I am not ashamed to say I did not come from a financially stable background; but I sacrificed a lot, especially netball which I love a lot; and today I am proud to say I have eight certificates and now a scholarship because I kept God in the midst of everything,” Wickham said to a packed auditorium that included principal Jefferson Phillips and chairman Herbert Reifer.