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LASCO awards nine girls for GSAT performance

Sunday, July 29, 2018

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A senior high school student had some sobering advice for nine girls about to start that leg of their educational journey this September.

Mikhalia Thomas, a student of Campion College, told this year's cohort of LASCO Curves Scholarship recipients to continue the good work for which they were being awarded, and to resist negative influences that will undoubtedly arise.

“It is not time now to become complacent and stop working hard. You have to continue to work hard because the work only gets harder as you continue to get your education,” she said. “Don't be afraid, don't be fearful; it is a part of life, so enjoy it and have fun while you work.”

Thomas, a 2014 recipient of the award, was speaking on Thursday, July 19 when LASCO Distributors Limited, through its Curves brand of sanitary napkins, recognised the girls for their performance in this year's Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) by awarding them a share of $430,000 to finance their first year of high school.

The awardees were chosen from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information's (MoEYI) six regions and also featured a special award for: a top-performing female child of a LASCO employee; and one top-performing female student selected by the top primary school LASCO MoEYI Principal and Teacher of the Year awardees.

The 2018 ccholarship recipients were Kelyssia McHugh, Southbourgh Primary; Emelia McCausland, Jessie Ripoll Primary; Casssandra Davy, St Ann's Bay Primary; Sheyann Chen, Barracks Road Primary; Gabrielle Wallace, Balaclava Primary; Kadajah Shaw, Lyssons Primary; Daena Green, Mandeville Primary and Junior High; Shauntee Soares, Emmanuel Kinder Preparatory; and Afaya Pollack, Ensom City Primary.

“It warms my heart that our brand can make this positive contribution to the lives of these young ladies, brand manager for LASCO Curves, Renee Rose said. “Each cohort drives us to do more so we are able to contribute more, and this year we were able to move from six scholarships to nine.”

“We have been delivering on our promise to encourage girls to be the women they dream of becoming for the past five years through this scholarship — the past two years with the WeInspire Girls Tour — and with a strong leader like Chairman (Lascelles Chin), who has surrounded himself with a host of outstanding women in mid, senior and top level management. There is no doubt you will see more from us in the near future,” she added.

The girls being honoured agree that the scholarship will ease the financial burden of their parents and guardians.

Afaya Pollack, daughter of the second runner-up in this year's LASCO/MoEYI Teacher of the Year award Tracy Ann Hall, expressed relief at what the scholarship will bring.

“I am very happy and grateful for the scholarship. It will help me to further my studies without a worry,” she said. “I really want to further my career choices which are, being an international artist, a medical doctor and a footballer. I will be joining the female football team at Ardenne. There are a lot of opportunities and extra-curricular activities that can help me to further those careers.”

Lasco Curves was launched in 2010 and has been awarding the scholarship for the past five years.

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