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IN THE SPOTLIGHT
At the conclusion of today’s second day of Champs, Excelsior had placed 8 athletes in finals. Michael Graham became the first Class 3 XLCR boy to make it to a 100m final at Champs in decades. He produced a lifetime best of 11.26s to advance to the final. He returned 2 hours later for the finals where he once again churned out another PB, finishing 7th in 11.17s, thus securing 2 points for the Eagles, who are now 15th on the points table.
Michael Graham Earns Eagles First Points Champs ’23
Breana Brown put out a very controlled run to take the second of three semifinals in the 400m Class 3. Her time of 55.45 was good enough for the second fastest of all the semifinalists. She will run out of lane 5 in tomorrow’s final which goes off at 8:52pm.
The 400m programme at Antrim continues to produce some fine young long sprinters. In addition to Breana, both Gregory McFarlane and Kishawn Hoffman made it to their respective finals with personal best (PBs) performances. McFarlane 53.45 the 8th fastest in the Class 3 Boys 400m. Hoffman who ran a lifetime best in the heats upped the ante completed the oval at the national stadium in 49.14 for the 6th fastest overall time. McFarlane will run out of lane 2 in Thursday’s 9:00pm final, with Hoffman going from lane 7 in his final 15 minutes later.
The other finalists were all in the field events:
1. Girls Class 1 Shot Put – Prelims
- 3rd: Kahllah Bailey – 11.56m
- 7th best overall – advanced to the finals on Sat @ 2:12pm
2. Girls Class 3 Discus Throw · Prelims – Flight 2
- 3rd: Kayla Honeywell – 33.5m
- 6th longest overall – advanced to the finals on Fri @ 6:03pm
3. Girls Class 3 – High Jump Prelims
- Shauntai Pryce – 1.50m Q
- advanced to the finals on Thursday @ 12:02pm
4. Girls Class 4 – Long Jump Prelims
- 8th longest: Sheneil Stewart – 4.79m PB
- advanced to the finals on Thursday at 5:17pm
In the Class 2 Boys 100m semifinals, Malike Nugent ran a spirited 10.92 for a PB, which proved to be the 11th fastest of all the semifinalists, placing him outside of the finals. Damor Miller likewise produced a lifetime best of 10.63 in his semifinal of the Class 1 Boys 100m, but as the 9th fastest he just fell short of the top 8 and out of the finals.
Tomorrow’s programme will see the 200m sprinters take the track for their preliminary rounds. Also there will be the heats of the sprint relays and the 800m run, with the finals of the one lap events closing out the programme on Thursday….
ALUM NOMINATED FOR BRITISH MUSIC AWARD
By Duane Coombs
Monday October 10, 2022
LONDON, England: United Kingdom- based Brenda Duncan – Emmanuel(XLCR ’79) has been nominated for a music award in the in that country
Her song Claim It (It’s Already Yours) has been shortlisted for this year’s Reggae Song Of The Year in the Gospel genre fledgling Step FWD Awards in the UK.
Reacting to News of her nomination rhe former Harbour View resident said, “I don’t take this nomination lightly and thank God that I am able to reach out to others with the Good News.”
Voting is currently under way for the award which will be presented at an Award show, November 22, 2022at the Gaumont State Theatre in London, England.
By Duane Coombs
Tuesday, October 18, 2022
Yesterday at least two Excelsiorians- Dr. Maureen Samms-Vaughan and Gaynor Downer – were among a slew of outstanding Jamaicans conferred with national honours during the Heroes Day Ceremony of Investiture and Presentation of National Honours and Awards on the lawn of King’s House
Professor Maureen Samms-Vaughan was acknowledged for pioneering research, clinical work and policy development in child health, child development and behaviour. She was among eight outstanding Jamaicans awarded the Order of Jamaica.
Physiotherapist Gaynor Downer was conferred with the Badge of Honour for Meritorious Service, by the Government of Jamaica for her stellar contribution to sports and national development during a career spanning more than four decades.
We offer heartiest congratulations to both Dr. Maureen Samms- Vaughan and Gaynor Downer as exemplars of excellence, and for helping to keep the Excelsior flag soaring Yet Higher
Images courtesy of Evan Thompson
CLASS OF 1980 DELIVERS 30 COMPUTERS TO SCHOOL
By Duane Coombs
Thursday, November 17, 2022
A campus dappled with bright November sunshine was the perfect backdrop as the Class of 1980 again brought a ray of hope to students of Excelsior High School with the formal handing over of 30 desktop computers and a projector to the school on Monday November 7, 2022.
It was the culmination of the group’s commemoration of its 40th anniversary since graduating from Excelsior High School, as almost two dozen members converged on the Excelsior campus from various points in North America and Jamaica to mark the occasion.
Preceding the official ribbon-cutting ceremony, members of the Class of 1980 conducted Morning Devotion, complete with prayer, songs, scriptures, a special musical selection by a trio-Marcia Livingston, Novlette Fellows and Evan Thompson – and a special word of exhortation by class member, Rev. Claudette Williams-Brown. From there, it was a full slate of all-day activities on campus, which was spent interacting with students and staff.
RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY
Led by classmate Jasmine Gray-Young, the formalities included prayer, heartfelt encouragements, and the cutting of the ribbon with Principal Deanroy Bromfield assisted by Pauline Kelly and select students, at the entrance of the room before filing into the newly unveiled Lab. The principal again lauded the class for its generosity and expressed the school’s appreciation for its continued support and engagement with of the alma mater. Sixth Former Amanda Ford, gave the Vote of Thanks on behalf of the students.
Being mindful of the aesthetics of the lab, the room has been repainted, furniture cleaned,resurfaced, varnished, and some decorative touches added, including dotting the walls with myriad inspirational messages.
During an impromptu address to the students present, former Head Girl, Dr. Marcia Livingston- Galloway, urged them to spend their time wisely and productively, and to find a cause beyond just academics through which to commit themselves, and to give back. It was a familiar theme which snaked its way through comments by various members of the class.
Explaining the inspiration behind the Class of 1980’s legacy project Dr. Livingston-Galloway said, “It Is the hope of the Class of 1980 that our computer donation will let the students know they matter.”
“It is also intended to be a means through which they can gain additional access to relevant academically related content, help develop their technological competencies, and provide opportunities for rich learning through meaningful academic interactions and exchanges within the global educational communities,” she continued.
The Class of 1980’s donation is part of its ongoing commitment to help expand online learning at Excelsior by providing digital resources the students need to succeed. It also highlights the school’s information technology initiative.
CAREER AWARENESS BOOTHS
Following the ribbon cutting ceremony, the class headed to the auditorium where an array of stations manned by professionals from a range of fields, including the JDF, Business,…
NEW GROUP TO FUND PROFESSIONAL COUNSELLING AT XLCR
By Duane Coombs
Thursday, October 13, 2022
A newly formed group, The Excelsior 1976 Foundation, has announced a new partnership with Excelsior High School and the Family Life Ministries to underwrite a series of professional counseling sessions for troubled students at the alma mater.
The Excelsior 1976 Foundation is an offshoot of the Class of 1976’s virtual 45th anniversary reunion in 2021. It is a USA-based and registered non-profit entity which was incorporated in December 2021 in the wake of the class reunion.
Local-based representatives of the Foundation, including Richard DeLisser and William Rose, recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the school and the Family Life Ministries. Under terms of this new tri-party agreement, The Foundation will provide the necessary funding to defray the cost of all counseling sessions.
According to spokesman Karl Chambers, VP of the group, the genesis of this initiative was a desire to make another meaningful contribution to the school that would be unique, impactful and enduring.
Having raised close to US$10,000.00 (approximately J$1, 530,000) from class members, after the reunion, to donate to the alma mater, there was a desire, in giving back, he said not to merely retrace the well-trod footprints of previous groups by funding the usual programs.
The group was therefore delighted, Chambers explained, when it was alerted to an existing Profession Counseling Program to which it could contribute. This initiative was settled on, in tandem with the principal, Mr. Deanroy Bromfield, after it was identified as one of the ongoing critical needs of the school.
It is under the aegis of Dr. Barry Davidson, a former Excelsior Head Boy, and his Family Life Ministries which has been doing pro bono work with the school in this area for some time. Despite the best of intentions there was always a limit to the number of students that could be accommodated. Now, with the 1976 Foundation on board, that will change, says Chambers.
He revealed that it is actually the group’s latest initiative since its inception some nine months ago. The first was an Academic Recovery Scholarship where, according to Chambers, The 1976 Foundation provided funding to compensate teachers providing extra lessons for students preparing for the June 2022 CXC Examinations.
The second, and more ambitious program, is the current Professional Counseling and Wellness Grant which will allow the Excelsior Guidance Counselor to refer students at no cost to either the student or the school.
Now with the promised dedicated funding in place, courtesy of The 1976 Foundation, it will vastly increase the number of students that can be seen by FLM, according to Chambers.
In order to realize its ambitious goal, The 1976 Foundation plans to continue its fundraising activity to help underwrite the cost of its projects.