A Graduation to Remember
It was truly a graduation to remember for Rashawn Smith and family. The 17 year old from Falmouth, Trelawny, has probably set an all-time record for achievements from the outstanding institution called William Knibb Memorial High.
Government Scholarship to William Knibb in 2010
Rashawn began his educational journey at Mount Alvernia Preparatory in Montego Bay where he passed his GSAT as the Top Boy and received a government scholarship to his top school of choice, William Knibb Memorial High School.
Back then (knowing his talent), several persons tried to convince his mother to send him to a more academically acclaimed high school, but she was adamant that she went to Knibb and anything he can do elsewhere, he can do it at Knibb.
His mother is none other than Angella Campbell Meadows, local businesswoman who operates a Digicel store in Falmouth. She recently got married to former Senator Dennis Meadows, who is the JLP Caretaker for North Trelawny.
At Knibb, he met upon healthy competition in a girl (also from Falmouth). Rashawn remained top boy in every year at William Knibb, but Danielle Pritchard (who migrated before completing Knibb) beat him into second place on a few occasions. Sometimes the margin was a fraction of a percent. Rashawn is a big competitor, and that friendly rivalry pushed him to greater excellence.
Once he reached 4th form and dropped the subjects in which he had no interest, Rashawn was never beaten again.
Raswhawn as a person, is known for his humility, which is probably why he is so loved by his peers. Quiet and esay going, but disciplined, it was no surprise that he was named Head Boy in Grade 11. In addition to that, he was also a member of the 4-H and Science clubs.
When the CXC results came, it was again no surprise as to the results. Rashawn scored 11 ones (distinctions) and 2 credits in the following subjects:
- Electrical Technology
- Information Technology
- Agricultural Science (Double Award)
- Integrated Science
- English A (GCE)
- Physics (credit)
- Chemistry (credit)
17 Graduation Prizes
It was the graduation on Thursday however that revealed the excellence he displayed as a student of William Knibb. The entire auditorium stood and cheered as Rashawn collected prize after prize. It was a performance to make any parent proud. Here are the awards that he collected. For:
- Courtesy and Deportment
- Cooperation and Reliability
- Leadership Potential
- Attendance and Punctuality
- English A
- Electrical Technology
- The Pat Tomlinson Trophy for The Most Outstanding Science Student
- Ben & Lyn Hanson Cup for Best Examination Results
- The Neville Manderson Award for Exemplary Conduct and Academic Excellence
- Top Male Student
- The P.T.A. Cash Award
- The John Spence Cup for Student of the Year
According to his mother, from the age of 2, when asked what he wanted to be, his answer was “doctor.” He is currently attending Montego Bay Community College, doing a 2-year University Science course. From there, he plans to attend the University of the West Indies to pursue his dream of becoming a medical doctor.
Falmouth News would like to congratulate Rashawn Smith and family for his tremendous success and wish him continued excellence in his future endeavors.