By S. Williams
The Bank of Nevis presented Academic Excellence Awards to the best Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE) and the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) students from the 2016 examinations Friday, Jan. 13.
The 2 p.m. ceremony was held at the bank’s headquarters in Charlestown and was attended by the awardees, media and representatives from the Bank of Nevis. Presentations were made by L. Everette Martin, bank general manager, who congratulated the recipients.
“I want to first of all say that we are very pleased that we can award this year for 2016 the best CAPE and best CSEC student which is part of our Academic Excellence Awards. And we’re very pleased that this year we are able to make the presentations to Rol-J Williams who is the best CSEC performer for 2016 and also to Orian Stapleton,” he said.
“We have been associated with Mr. Williams for a number of years. He was the winner of the Bank of Nevis Tourism Youth Congress some years ago. We are very pleased that you have continued to excel and we want to congratulate you and Mr. Stapleton as well for the excellent work that both of you have done.”
Williams received the award for the top 2016 CSEC performer on Nevis and in the Federation with 17 Grade One passes in 17 subjects. Currently a sixth form student, he said he was elated to be receiving the award. While the hype of getting 17 subjects has died down he feels it is quite fitting and makes him realize that people are still looking out for him and hoping for his continued progress.
Orian Stapleton, the top island performer for the 2016 CAPE examinations, obtained passes in 10 units with 6 grade one’s, 3 grade two’s and 1 grade three. Stapleton, currently employed as a teacher at the Charlestown Secondary School, is the runner-up state scholar and valedictorian for Nevis. He thanked the Bank of Nevis for its donation and promised to use it wisely.
Also in attendance at the ceremony were representatives from the Nevis Literary and Debating Society which received a donation from the Bank of Nevis. The donation will be used to assist with preparations for the Feb. 22-27 hosting of the 45th Leeward Island Debating Competition. President Zhariah Archibald, accepted the donation and encouraged everyone to come out and support Team Nevis.
Last year, the Nevis debating team travelled to St. Marteen where the competition was held for the first time. Team Antigua emerged the winner with Team St. Maarten being named sub-champions of the competition after defeating the former champions from Anguilla to qualify for the final round.
This marks another year that the Bank of Nevis has been giving out awards to the top CSEC and CAPE performers on the island of Nevis. The Bank’s ongoing commitment to the education of young people in Nevis can be seen with the Academic Excellence Awards which also includes the Dr. Simeon Daniel Scholarships Program that was launched in celebration of the Bank’s 25th Anniversary in 2010.