Basseterre, St. Kitts September 4, 2017 – At a brief yet very special ceremony held at the Edgar T. Morris Primary School in Tabernacle on the morning of Monday 4th September, 11 year old Shanikwa George and 12 year old Kemenl French, were officially presented with their Sonia Boddie Promising Youth Leader Scholarship Certificates by Scholarship Director, Mrs. Sonia Boddie-Thompson.The two students who recently graduated from the Edgar T Morris Primary, and are preparing to commence secondary studies shortly at the Saddlers Secondary School, are the 2017 awardees of the Sonia Boddie Promising Youth Leader Scholarship.
The annual Scholarship, which was launched in 2014 by Mrs. Boddie-Thompson, aims to empower the youth of her hometown of Tabernacle while defraying some of the academic expenses for parents of children in need of assistance. The two students who earlier in August had the opportunity to shop for school supplies (uniforms, books and other stationery), socialize and dine with Mrs. Boddie-Thompson, beamed with pride as they received their certificates.
After admonishing the parents to continue working with their children, spending quality time with them and providing the right moral support for them to excel, Mrs. Boddie-Thompson implored the young scholars to stay focus and remain diligent as they advance to Secondary School.
Parent Lavern Weeksexpressed gratitude to Mrs. Boddie-Thompson stating, “On behalf of the parents of both students, I want say a huge thank you from the bottom of our hearts to you Mrs. Boddie-Thompson for your generosity and your timely assistance to our children. I want to assure you here and now that we will continue working with the children as they enter Saddlers Secondary, to ensure that they make all of us proud. Once again, thank you, thank you Mrs. Boddie-Thompson”.
Headteacher of the Edgar T.Primary Ms. Kathuel Browne also had kind words for Mrs. Boddie Thompson, noting, “I am very pleased that once again, Mrs. Boddie-Thompson has stepped up to address the needs of our students. Sonia is always someone we can call upon for assistance here at the Edgar T Primary, and even when not called upon, she continues to be a pillar of support to the school and for that we are truly appreciative.”
Mrs. Sonia Boddie-Thompson, who is currently the Deputy Clerk of the St. Christopher and Nevis National Assembly advised the small gathering of parents, scholars and teachers that she is always excited to give back, especially to the people of the community of Tabernacle, who have continued to provide unwavering support to her growth and development over the years. She further noted, “I am immensely grateful that many persons and organizations have financially and otherwise invested in the young woman I am today, and therefore I want to ensure that other young people of Tabernacle are given a similar opportunity to excel.”
Present at the ceremony were parents, Ms. Lavern Weeks and Ms. Virginia French, Headteacher Ms. Kathuel Browne and Grade Six Teacher Mrs. Soretta Browne.