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Students get US Ambassador Academic Achievement Awards

Karla Josephs

Thursday, March 22, 2012    

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Charge d' Affaires at the United States Embassy in Kingston Isiah Parnell has encouraged high school students to take advantage of opportunities that will improve their education.

"If you see somebody who acknowledges your ability to excel in school, who sees in you something that is a lifelong gift, please don't make the mistake and shy away from the challenge," Parnell urged.

He was speaking last week Wednesday during the United States Ambassador's Academic Achievement Awards function held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose Hall, St James.

The programme which was launched last year by US Ambassador Pamela Bridgewater is intended to celebrate and encourage students who have attained academic excellence in selected institutions across the island.

Meanwhile, Bridgewater in her remarks, expressed her heartiest congratulations to the awardees.

"I want to congratulate all our honourees for their outstanding academic achievements, and I especially want to congratulate those who have been awarded in the category of most improved student. May you all continue to strive for excellence," she said.

One hundred and ten students from 22 schools in St Ann, Trelawny, St James and Westmoreland were recognised in five categories at the function.

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