Family, friends and well-wishers assembled at Grace Christian Academy on Nansen Avenue this past Friday, October 5, to celebrate and congratulate the students of Grades 2 through 6, for a job well done, during the 2017/2018 academic school year. Under the theme, ‘It is rewarding when you work hard’ students of the learning institution treated their guests to wonderful ceremony, littered with song and poetry, demonstrating that they are not only academically inclined, but are talented as well.
Guest speaker Lavardo Braynen, who was welcomed with open arms, challenged the students to continue to excel, as working hard does pay off in the long run.
He reminded the students that while it is important to have fun, it is extremely important to work hard and reap the benefits as they move forward into adulthood.
“One of the rewards of working hard is that you can become someone’s hero.
“When your teachers and your parents are telling you to work hard, it may be annoying because you want to play; but they are telling you to work hard so that you can be great in life.”
Principal and Director of Grace Christian Academy Earnestine Gilbert stated, how pleased she and the entire staff were of the students’ accomplishments during the last academic year.
“Today our students are being rewarded for their accomplishments in academics, sports and even our top Grade Level Assessment Test (GLAT) students, during 2017/2018 term. We have a student who did very well in GLAT examinations in Grade 3 last year. She got all As.
“Our sixth graders, for the first time, did excellent in Creative Writing, straight across the board. We are very proud of that,” said the principal.
She added that presently, Grace Christian Academy has a student enrollment of 220. The institution accepts children from nursery, beginning at 12 months, to the sixth grade level.
“As educators we strive to develop the whole child, to push them with the skills that they have, inspiring them to become great and excellent leaders in the future,” noted Gilbert.
Kayden Bain was rewarded for receiving top GLAT results, while Travontae Saunders earned the highest grade point average (GPA) and the Perfect Attendance awards, during the last academic school year.
First place overall for the 2017/2018 academic year was Travontae Saunders, second place was awarded to Ciarra Sawyer, while Jaevier Sutherland place third overall.
Top male and female athletes were awarded to Travontae Saunders and Wellicia Higgs respectively, while Saniayh Bain was awarded for Christian Character.
Serenity Haley was named Most Outstanding Student, while Samara Lewis was named Most Improved Student. Top speller for the 2018/2019 academic year was Jaevier Sutherland.
Grace Christian Academy has been in existence since August 29, 2007.