Eight students at The Alexandra School have received the coveted Gabrielle Thompson Memorial Scholarship Award.
They are David Cox, Dania Lewis, Celina Clarke, Keshana Bartlett, Adia Ferguson, Rianna Hinds, Tanee Clarke and Jessica Brooks.
The students, who are currently pursuing degrees at tertiary institutions, each received a cash prize of $1 000 among other prizes during an award ceremony held at the Queen Street, Speightstown, St Peter school on Saturday.
Chief Education Officer Dr Ramona Archer-Bradshaw encouraged the students to keep striving for success but not to focus purely on academics but to get involved in community work and volunteering.
She also told them that in their quest for excellence they should look after all aspects of their wellbeing, specifically their mental and physical health and to eat healthy foods.
Archer-Bradshaw said that it was important for the students to remain focused throughout their studies especially in the challenging periods.
Acting principal Cheryl Gill said she was pleased with the performance of the students and congratulated them on a job well done.
She said the award winners were not only selected for their academic performance the extra curricular activities they participated in were also considered. She said it was important that students become well-rounded citizens who could contribute to the economy and their community in a meaningful way.
Gill thanked the old scholars association and members of the private sector who came on board to maintain the scholarship programme which is open to students obtaining five or more certificates at grade two or higher at the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate level. Students taking the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) are also eligible for the award once they attain a grade three or higher in their subject areas. (SZB)