Grand Bahama Sports and Travel has announced the names of the 40 finalists for the 2017 Scholar Athlete of the Year Awards, which will honor the top student athletes from both the primary and high schools as the best and the brightest for their accomplishments as students and athletes.
“Grand Bahama Sports and Travel continues to grow and excel and their work this year has allowed us to identify these 40 exceptional scholar-athletes who have clearly established themselves among the best in the country,” said GBST President and CEO, Buster Laing.
“It will be a difficult task to select one from each division as the absolute best. Each possesses incredible talent in all facets of their lives, and it is a tremendous honor for us to highlight their accomplishments.”
The centerpiece of their efforts are the annual scholarship and awards ceremony, which recognize more than 120 of the top scholar-athletes and distribute more than $7,000 in scholarships.
From this pool of 40 scholar-athletes, the committee will select four overall winners from both the high and primary schools for the highly sought-after Scholar-Athlete Awards.
First bestowed in 2014, the GBST Scholar-Athlete Awards has become one of the most prestigious scholastic honors on Grand Bahama. Criteria for the award are limited to academic achievement and athletic accolades.
Additionally, Grand Bahama Sports and Travel has already announced that they will be awarding the Mark Wilson Dedication Award to the outstanding coach. Wilson, who died late last year in a traffic accident was the first Committee chairperson of the Scholar Athlete of the Year Program.
The show will begin on Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. at Bahamas Union of Teachers Hall, Wildcat Avenue.
Here are the 2017 Scholar Athlete of the Year Award nominees: High School Boys
HIGH SCHOOL BOYS
Jalen Pinder, Mary Star
Akeem Hanna, Jack Hayward
Mateo King, St. Georges
About the Award: The Scholar-Athlete Program will annually recognize two high school and primary seniors – one boy and one girl – from each member high school whose academic and athletic careers have been exemplary.
Nominated by their schools, which are limited to one nominee each, candidates must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of eligibility, have a grade point average of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale or 68 percent and participated in at least two core sports.
Published Thursday, March 9, 2017