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IN THE SPOTLIGHT
By Duane Coombs
Friday, October 11, 2019
Carol Aina, the principal of the Norman Manley Law School, will join 142 other Jamaicans, including another Excelsior alumnus, Jasmine Holness, on the lawn of Kings House on Heroes Day, where she will be conferred with the Order of Distinction, Commander Class, for her contribution in the field of law. It will be the latest career highlight for the Excelsior High School alumnus.
Carol was admitted as a Solicitor in England & Wales in 1988 having attended the University of Sussex, and the University of Law in England UK. She was admitted in Jamaica in 1995 and holds a Master’s Degree in Education, Leadership & Management from the University of Nottingham, UK. She is a Certified Mediator and holds a Diploma in International Arbitration in addition to being a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Arbitrators.
News of Carol’s impending award has sent expressions of pride radiating throughout the Excelsior High School fraternity-none more so than among members of her graduating class of 1976.
It is a mutual affection. Carol is particularly proud of her Excelsior ties and the enduring friendships she forged while at the school. One of those friends, Marlene Bernard, was effusive in her praise.
“My heart swelled with pride when I heard the news,” she said when contacted for comment. “Carol has been my best friend since high school and I am extremely pleased and proud of her. This is a well-deserved honor.”
It was a sentiment echoed by another classmate, Anthony Hudson, no doubt reflecting the outlook of the entire graduating class when he said, “Words cannot express how proud of her and how happy we are for her.”
“Carol deserves this award 1000 times over. Humility, modesty, hard work, and excellence have been wrapped in a package, and that package is called Carol Aina,” he continued, as he joined the chorus of voices expressing pride in their schoolmate’s award.
Carol is part of the durable, ongoing, largely anonymous, segment of the Excelsior fraternity -those who are content to quietly give back to the alma mater in different ways. For years she has been an integral part of the mentorship program.
She joined the mentorship committee established at Excelsior for a number of years and developed a one to one mentorship relationship with a student whose growth over the years, she said, has been very pleasing. She received the Alumni Award in 2013 for contribution to her Alma Mater, Education and National Development.
Carol’s mentoring extended to the offspring of her former schoolmates at our alma mater. One such student is Deneice Beaumont Walters, the daughter of Yvonne Beaumont, a fallen classmate from her 1976 year. Carol takes particular pride in the spectacular academic arc of this young woman who has excelled as a star student at Norman Manley Law School.
All her students are close to her heart but another who bears special mention is Kamille Adair, the 2012 Rhodes Scholar -and daughter of alumnus…