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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MS. PEARL MORGAN — 98 NOT OUT
By Duane Coombs
Thursday, May 26, 2022
CLAP! CLAP! CLAP!
Young ladies, young men, fellow Excelsiorians
Let us wish a Happy Birthday to Ms. Constance Pearl Morgan, the former Excelsior High School History Teacher, Vice Principal and Director of the Excelsior Education Centre (EXED) who marks her 98th birthday today.
Ms. Morgan is reportedly in the pink of health as she continues to enjoy her retirement after more than six decades of being associated with Excelsior.
In her heyday, the intrepid, no-nonsense disciplinarian and educator extraordinaire drove fear into generations of misbehaving Excelsior students who are now all the better for having come under her influence. Her notorious clapping -both corrective and attention-getting- sometimes felt like a jolt of electricity coursing through one’s being.
Plus, just her withering stare was enough to set the most wayward student straight. Yet, her stern veneer masks a warmth, sensitivity, gentleness and soft side that was not always apparent to alumni while they were at school, but which they have come to appreciate in later years. After leaving school, many would also come to discover a hitherto unknown, ready, disarming smile that punctured her tough reputation.
As she inches toward a well-deserved century, we laud Ms. Morgan and we are compelled to extend heartfelt gratitude to her for her decades-long contribution to our alma mater and wish her many more years of good health
PHOTOS: Athelstan Gilbert Bellamy
– Taken Wed. May 25, 2022 –
GRAPHICS: Kerrian Hutchinson
EXCELSIOR WINS SIXTH STRAIGHT GIRLS FOOTBALL
By RadioJamaica News
Saturday May 14, 2022
Excelsior High School extended their dominance in girls football with a sixth straight title following a 3-0 victory over first time finalist Garvey Maceo in the ISSA TIP Friendly Society final at Jamaica College on Friday.
National youth player Davia Richards, an own goal and a late strike from Shauntai Pryce carried the Xavier Gilbert- coached team to victory.
Garvey Maceo’s goalkeeper Sanjane Anderson picked up the Most Promising Player award, while Brihana Staple of Holmwood was adjudged the competition’s best goalkeeper.
Excelsior won three individual awards with Janiel Mignott named best defender, while Richards won the Golden Boot and Shaneil Buckley on her birthday was named MVP.
Photos (c) Athelstan Gilbert Bellamy
CRICKET: TAKE A BOW TEAM BAILEY
By Duane Coombs
Monday April 25, 2022
A toast to head coach, Kirkland Bailey and his able assistant, Clifton Bailey (no relation), on leading another Excelsior cricket team on an epic journey,
ending with them copping the Grace Shield U19 Cricket title.
In doing so, Excelsior High School was winning its third senior U19 Grace Shield Cricket title in five years.The Eagles went wire to wire, without dropping a single point and winning all their games, in successfully defending their crown.
All told, the pair has been at the helm while Excelsior has won 15 championships since 2012- at a range of age- group levels – including three All-Island senior and junior titles, and five at the Under-14 level.
For years, the pair of Excelsior High School alumni have quietly led a thriving cricket programme at their alma mater, yet they remain virtually anonymous. They oversee one of the most successful sporting disciplines at the school.
Under their tutelage Excelsior has emerged as an incubator of youth cricket talent in Jamaica, sending a number of players to various Jamaica national age-group teams over the years.
One year, two of their players -Raewin Senior and Kymani Wilson – were captain and vice captain, respectively, of Jamaica’s national U19 team.
That leadership pair was succeeded the following year by yet another Excelsior-connected player, Kirk McKenzie,Jr, as captain of the Jamaican U19 cricket team
The brilliant McKenzie later went on to make the West Indies U19 team, and has subsequently matriculated to Jamaica’s senior cricket team.
We salute the Baileys because of the cricket teams’ overwhelming success over the years.Their record of accomplishment is undeniable.
So take a bow Coach Kirkland Bailey, Assistant Coach Clifton Bailey – cricket coaches par excellence.
We also salute the rest of the coaching staff, comprising alumni volunteers, including Owen Pearson and Rae Senior, who have returned to offer unstintiing service to the cricket programme by giving generously of their time, resources and expertise.
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