by Cecelia Campbell-Livingston (Jamaica Observer 9/7/14)
|Rula Brown presents appreciation certificate to Lisa Hanna|
PALAS Director Patrick Campbell, now a successful attorney in the United States, told the awardees that he is a product of "Mountain View, below Jarrett Lane" and he made it.
"I see myself in all of you...it's not where you came from, it's where you are going," he said. Campbell offered pointers for success to the students, advising them to make time for their studies and never to allow their circumstances to dictate their future.
"Don't let other people set your limit; be determined to do what you want to do. Set your goals and set them high. Emulate successful people, live with principles and integrity, give back to your community, appreciate all the best things in life," were his sage words.
|Gold Star winner, Maria Attarwala receives|
Alex Panton Academic Scholarship
from Lisa Hanna's son Alex Panton
"It will take courage [and] unapologetic refusal to have anyone nozzle your voice. I can't tell you how to find it, but... commit to excellence, ensuring you serve others. Be the change you want to see in the world; when truth is on your side one is a majority," she said.
Hanna also urged students to follow their convictions. "Get involved in something, enjoy it, make mistakes -- it's OK, get comfortable in your skin. Ladies, discover yourselves, focus on your own desires and goals, get your heart broken, you will get over it. Embark on new journey... you have it in you," she encouraged.
|Winsome Benjamin(L), Natasha & Patrick Campbell, |
Rula Brown, AnnP & PALAS board member
Brown finally managed to get the words out: "If he can do it, you can all do it. Don't give up," before a fresh wave of tears overcame him.
|Daddy URoy presents to |
UWI student, Mishae Kinlocke
Javanney Campbell of Clan Carthy High School emerged top high school awardee, while Maria Attarwala, medical student at UWI, was the gold star winner for the tertiary level.
The total value of the scholarships handed out was J$3.6 million. PALAS awarded 187 scholarships in the past 4 years valued J$9.8 million, and their goal is to award 125 scholarships and 125 computers to the 2015-2016 scholarship recipients.
—by Cecelia Campbell-Livingston (Jamaica Observer 9/7/14). more