Nine hundred and seventy-seven students from George Hicks High schools recently participated in a prize giving ceremony.
Students attending Leading Edge, New Horizons, PACE and Heritage High, ‘schools within a school’ initiative, were awarded certificates and prizes for most outstanding, sports, academic, citizenship, house points, team competitions and other subjects.
Despite the fact that this was the first school year since 2004 that students were able to have normal school days, school leaders said students and teachers have coped well.
At New Horizons, School Leader Marlene Ricketts said there were challenges but students and teachers were adjusting well.
‘The school’s emphasis this year has been to develop social skills among students,’ she said.
Also a lot of focus was being placed on the implementation of the 20 minute ‘Drop everything and read programme’ launched in October.
Teaching time of ten minutes had also been allotted to each class period. This now makes a class period 50 minutes.
Students have also participated in a number of competitions such as the National Gallery Essay Competition, the National Children’s Festival of Arts, Batabano T-shirt competition and the painting of a Mercedes Benz for National Children’s Festival Anniversary.
At Pace, Leader June Elliot said during the first term of the year students took part in numerous competitions.
The football team placed second in inter campus competition, the Spelling Bee team placed third in the Rotary Club Spelling Competition, the science team with their Cayman coin counter took first place at the Science Fair, the Agriculture Club was also awarded first place and a Girls Guide Troupe had been established.
The students also participated in fund raising activities such as raising money for an ailing security guard, students who lost a home to fire, a trip to Tampa and the Red Cross.
The school has also welcomed three new teachers Janettte Barclay, Marshalee Brwon and Jennifer Smith.
At Leading Edge, Leader Lyneth Monteith said that the school had initiated a program improving literacy and numeracy in providing students with a well rounded education.
She said the school also made several donations to community projects and school needs.
Throughout the course of the school term students had participated in a number of special events and activities such as Heritage Day, Common Wealth Day/International Day, Stride for Cancer, Sports Day and a Music Trip to Tampa in which six students tool part.
At Heritage High, Leader Steven Clark said students have been very positive and enthusiastic about the new school and the changes and developments that they have experienced.
Together with staff, students have been involved in a wide range of educational, social and sporting experiences such as the Cayman Islands Spelling Bee Competition, the GHHS Spanish Quiz, Interscholastic Soccer Competition; Interscholastic Athletics Championships and the Netball Shoot-out.
The major accomplishment has been the development of relationships amongst students, staff, guests and companies that have taken the time to be an important part of the school.
Most Outstanding Students at George Hicks High School
New HorizonsYear 7 – Alexandra Franklin and Nicholas Diaz; Year 8, Lakeisha Mason, Christina McLean and Manuel Gonzales; Year 9, Abigail Bush and Anthony Hurlston.
PACE Year 7 – Dennis Figueroa, Imani Abdul Jabbar, Juliana Wood, Rajay Reid, and Shemika Ebanks-Gooding; Year 8, Chelsean Jackson, Felicia Connor, Mahalia Seymour, Renita Barnes and Shawnakay Sinclair; Year 9, Chevis Dilbert, Kristin McLean, Lottoya Palmer, Mona Lisa Cassanova and Tawney Douglas.
Heritage High Year 7 – Christal Samaroo, Suyapa De Leon ,Tamara Robinson, Jon-Andrew McGaw, Jeremy Morain, Corey Christian and Alicia Palmer; Year 8, Martynna Berry, Katherine Jackson and Shekirah Ebanks; Year 9, Brittany Bodden, Karen Salcena, Asaph Scott and Lydia McField
Community Service Awards went to: Year 9, Brian Watler and Gairy Watler; Year 8, Tyissha Scott.
Leading Edge Year 7 are Carrie McLaughlin; Year 8, Danielle Borden and Year 9, Mariah Tibbetts.