(Contributed to The Freeport News by Nakia Gelin, Nahemi Fenelon, Angemicka Guerrier and Tatianna Francis)
The Eight Mile Rock High School unveiled its very own tribute to Majority Rule Day on campus Wednesday past.
Under the theme “50 Years: A Journey Together, One People United in Love and Service,” in Blue Jays Country, history was relived as the school honored four outstanding community-minded stalwarts who exemplified the fight for political and economic rights, and in particular, made great contributions to the development of the institution.
The honorees were Olga Outten, Hilton Bowleg, John N.T. Rolle and Dennis Preacher Hall.
Outten along with the late Geniva Martin, was instrumental in getting the Eight Mile Rock High School moved to its present location. Bowleg and Hall played a pivotal role in securing the rights of taxi drivers in Freeport during the 1960s. Rolle is known for his tireless efforts to spread the gospel throughout the Bahamas and the rest of the world.
Also, during this special ceremony, the school’s top achievers were recognized and rewarded. Twenty students made the “Principal’s List” with a 3.50 GPA and above during the Christmas Term 2016. In addition, 125 students made the “Honor Roll” with a 3.00 GPA and above.
An 11th grader, Kylah Davis, and seventh grader Jasmin Pinder stood out among the others, both with a 4.0 GPA.
In his remarks, Principal Ivan Butler commended the top achievers and challenged the rest of the student body to strive for greatness.
“Not only will we continue to relive history in ‘Blue Jay’ country, but we will make our own history as we soar towards excellence,” concluded the principal.
Published Monday, January 16 2017