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IN THE SPOTLIGHT
The JAAA National Senior and Junior Championships 2021 were held over the past four days. The championships acted as trials for the Tokyo Olympic Games scheduled for July 23 to August 8; the North American Central American and Caribbean Athletics Association (NACAC) U18 & U23 Championships – Jul 9-11, 2021 in San Jose, Costa Rica and the World Athletics U20 Championships in Nairobi, Kenya, August 17-22, 2021.
Following the trials and pending confirmation by the JAAAs selection committee, four XLCR Eagles are expected to be on the team to Nairobi. The four were quite impressive at the National U20 Champs:
- Alexavier Monfries was 3rdd in 100m in 10.46s – the 2nd fastest ever by an Eagle and a mere .01sec off the school record.
- Devontie Archer was 2nd in the 400mH in 51.69s
- Malachi Johnson & Antonio Hanson were 3rd and 5th in the 400m in 46.83s (PB) and 47.31s respectively. Both are expected to feature on the national U20 4x400m Relay team.
All four ran on the XLCR Eagles championship 4x400mR team at the recent Boys Champs which set a new school record of 3:07.85.
Congrats to these four young men and to their coaches and support staff. Eagles ever soaring!
Other Eagles participating in the meet included:
- Sharvis Simmonds who was 4th in the 400mH in 54.85s
- Reuel Campbell, the third Eagle in the 400m final. He was 6th in 48.27s, a PB
In the female section the following Lady Eagles gave creditable performance:
Samoya Neil and Teiolla Harvey were 5th and 6th in the LJ with 5.59m & 5.29m respectively.
In the U18 Championships, the Eagles were represented by:
- Richard Hall – 5th in the 400mH in 56.22s
- Daniel Wright who ran 14.21 to get into the final
- Renaldino Medwinter who jumped 6.51 to take 8th in the LJ
The Lady Eagles were represented by Omarian Constable, Chenessa Davis, and Rhianna Lugg who were 4th, 5th & 6th respectively in the LJ.
The name ‘Excelsior” indicates superior quality which is demonstrated by the Excelsior High Athletics programme which continues to punch above its weight guided by the school motto Age Animo – Do it With Thy Might.
Nayoka Clunis Earns Perfect GPA
By Duane Coombs
Tuesday, January 27,2021
Fresh off earning double Bsc. degrees from the University of Minnesota, former Excelsior Eagle, Nayoka Clunis, has scored a perfect Grade Point Average (GPA) in the Fall semester at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.
Nayoka, continued to elevate her academic performance with another stellar achievement following graduation in Spring 2020 from the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development with a BS Business Marketing & Education and a BS Human Resource & Development.
Without missing a step, Nayoka, a three event competitor, now in her final year of NCAA eligibility, registered a perfect GPA in her first semester at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, where she is pursuing a Master ‘s Degree in Sports Leadership, Education and Communication.
Although this is the first time earning the coveted perfect GPA for Nayoka, a perennial Dean’s List awardee, she had come within a hair’s breadth of earning the academic accolade at her previous stops at Cloud Community College and the University of Minnesota.
The ongoing success story is particularly gratifying for the indomitable student-athlete, the arc of whose life has been one shadowed by tragedy and acute personal challenges. At seven years old she was buffeted by the tragic death of her mother, Michelle Morgan, herself an Excelsiorian.
Yet throughout her journey, Nayoka says she has benefited from the kindness and support of a coterie of individuals in the Excelsior fraternity, both at home and in the Diaspora, who have rallied to her aid.
She has kind words for the late vice principal, Mrs. Colleen Walker, Principal Bromfield, Mrs Florence Cargill, Mrs Maylor-Brown, Mrs Gordon, Nurse Darby, her coach Michael Vassell and a number of alumni, including Donna Myrie and Charles Ellis, among a long list of benefactors who have provided support and guidance along the way.
The year 2021 promises to be a pivotal one for Nayoka. In the rearview mirror, the success of a determined individual who was tested by adversity; on the road ahead, the dream of making Jamaica’s Olympic team and completing the Master’s Degree.
Kudos to Nayoka Clunis – An Excelsior Eagle Soaring Yet Higher..
Most Powerful Women to Watch: Paulette Mullings Bradnock, BNY Mellon
By Joel Berg
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Chief Audit Executive
Innovation draws attention mainly on the front lines of banking. Paulette Mullings Bradnock has been making it happen more quietly in the back office, boosting efficiency while burnishing her team’s digital skills.
As chief audit executive at Bank of New York Mellon since 2015, Bradnock has spearheaded a range of initiatives to upgrade her department, from implementation of a customized internal audit workflow system to the build-out of an internal audit center of excellence in Poland.
Her most recent effort is the adoption of robotics to conduct audit testing and automate repetitive administrative tasks. While automation can often mean job elimination, for Bradnock it was an opportunity to meet the needs of the $442.3 billion-asset BNY Mellon.
“We are now required to review larger volumes of data without increasing our headcount,” said Bradnock, who manages a team of 380 auditors. “If we are not using new technologies to audit, we will not be able to recruit new talent. Nor we will be able to retain talent, as this is an area where there is an interest for professional development.”
After overseeing a successful pilot with a core group in the audit department, she is now working to ensure all of her team members can benefit from the technology.
As a leading voice on diversity and inclusion at BNY Mellon, Bradnock makes sure to consider candidates from diverse backgrounds when hiring, whether they are interns or full-time employees.
“I am passionate about this topic, and the importance of making significant progress is reinforced by the recent protests that unfortunately have devolved into riots in some cities, where people from all cultures and races are pushing for real change in the treatment of African Americans,” she said. “I am hopeful that change can happen, in a more peaceful manner, by having corporate leaders join with community leaders in driving the conversation.”
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