– all scored over 70%
THREE students who were each awarded the first NICIL NGSA scholarships for 2019 were all rewarded by the company for once again excelling at their Christmas Term exams. The students, who are all attending Berbice High, each scored over 70% at their exams.
A company press release said that the scholarship was instituted by their CEO, Colvin Heath-London after Minister of Finance Winston Jordan felt that something tangible should be done to reward the children of former and or present GUYSUCO workers in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) who would have done exceptionally well at the 2019 NGSA.
The minister had given the required approval, thus setting the establishment of the NICIL/SPU Region Six NGSA Scholarship into effect. The students, who all made Region Six’s Top Five, were awarded with school supplies and a monthly stipend of 50,000.00 each.
The students, Pawan Etwaroo and Chitra Ramdihal had both topped Region Six, while Marissa Siriram had come in fifth. However, while they were all placed in different Grade Seven classes, Ramdihal achieved 83% with Sirinam gaining 76.8% and Etwaroo 74.6%. The students were all elated to have scored over 70%, and promised to improve their performances next term. “Etwaroo also was able to make his school’s Under-15 cricket team, confessing that he has a deep passion for cricket. He, however, promised to balance his love for cricket and books, thus ensuring that his grades will remain impressive.
At the simple presentation ceremony, NICIL Rose Hall Berbice Estate Manager, Edward Anderson said that the company was very excited to once again be rewarding the students. He said that their investment thus far in the three children is certainly paying off, as it is evident that with the required financial and other support, they can certainly achieve their set academic goals. “When we decided to invest in these children, [we] recognied that it was the right thing to do, as they were evidently faced with challenging financial difficulties. As such, we felt that such a scholarship programme would have further enhanced their academic ability, as it is a known fact that some students are unable to perform to their highest potential because of financial difficulties facing their homes,” Anderson said.
The Rose Hall Berbice Estate Manager reiterated his company’s commitment to continue lending valuable support and assistance to the three students, urging them to be cognisant that their performance would help in reaffirming NICIL’s belief that they are worthy of financial and other support. “All we at NICIL expect of you is to do your best, and we are already aware that you three are high-flyers. So, continue the trend of excelling, as we are definitely confident of you going on to achieve your set dreams. Guyana will certainly be a better place with three top professionals in some years’ time,” he declared.
Meanwhile, Deputy Headmaster of Berbice High Basodeo Utam congratulated the students for what he said were excellent performances. He declared that he, along with the rest of the school’s teaching staff is impressed with the conduct and performances of the three students, singling our Etwaroo’s elevation into the school’s cricket team. “We are aware of Pawan’s cricketing ability, and we intend to continue lending support to him as he continues to excel in both sports and academics. While Chitra is leaning towards the arts, we recognise that Marissa is a very shy young lady, but we are confident that before the end of the academic year, that they both would also be deeply involved in extra curriculum activities,” the Deputy HM said.
As part of their reward package, the three students will be spending the weekend with their parents and siblings at the Watooka Guest House, while they would be touring several places of interest in Region Ten (Upper Demerara-Berbice) next weekend.