Top Students of Adventist Workers Recognized by Education Department

Written by: Phillip E. L. Castell, Director, Communication, Public Affairs & Religious Liberty | Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Twenty three of the top performing students of Adventist workers in East Jamaica Conference (EJC) were invited to attend a special service at the Conference Head Quarters where they were duly recognized by the Administrators of the Conference on November 20, 2017. The students were each given a framed certificate of achievement for their outstanding academic exploits and encouraged to continue to do well by their church leaders.

In addressing the students and their parents gathered in the boardroom, Conference president, Pastor Eric Nathan, told the students that the administration believed in them, was proud of their achievement and wanted them to succeed.

“Why have we called you here? We want you to know that we believe in you and we believe in excellence,” said Pastor Nathan with a pleased look on his face.  

“We are proud of the effort that you have put in and the results that you have achieved in the pathway to education.  For some, you have just passed the first milestone and have just entered high school. We want to let you know that we will be praying for you, for what God can do, no human instrument can accomplish,” the Conference president said.

Education Director Dr. Donna Brown, who was the chief coordinator for the evening’s program, was also proud of the accomplishment of the students. She said it was important to recognize their achievements     as they are part of their parents work with the church organization.

The students were awarded certificates in four categories. GSAT, which is the primary level, CSEC which is up to the fifth Form and CAPE which is sixth form.  Workers children who had done well for themselves at the University undergraduate level were also recognized.

While not all parents were on hand to see their children receive their special award from the Conference Administrators, those who were in attendance shared the moment of pride with their offspring.

Young Ajani Williams, whose mother is Mrs. Alethia Williams, Acting

Principal at Kingsway High and Prep. School, was recognized for his 94.4% average in the government’s Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) this year. His mother wore a smile when her son received his certificate from the Conference president.

The top student leaving Kingsway High School with the most CSEC passes this year was Matthew Jackson with 9 CSEC passes. Arielle Buckle from Immaculate Conception High copped the highest award for English Language in the Caribbean. Arielle was successful in passing 11 CSEC subjects all at grade 1 which was quite remarkable.   While her parents were not employed by the Conference or school, she was specially invited to the function along with her parents.    

Arielle attends the Kencot SDA Church where she is an active member of the Youth Department and Pathfinder Club.

Another outstanding student to receive a certificate was Crystal Clarke, daughter of Pastor Andre & Sis. Juliet Clarke. Crystal was successful with 9 CSEC passes with 7 passes at Grade 1 and 2 Grade 2 passes.   She emerged winner of the Inter-American Division (IAD) Bible Connection (formerly Bible Boom) in Jamaica this year and represented

Jamaica Union Conference at the finals in Mexico on December 2, 2017.  She is an active member of the Guava Gap SDA Church.

Alanie Lewis, daughter of Pastor Samuel and Methlyn Lewis was recognized for completing her Associate in Business and Bachelors in Management at Northern Caribbean University and more recently completing her Bachelor of Law Degree from the University of the West Indies and law LLB degree from Norman Manley Law School.

Alanie had words of comfort and inspiration to her fellow students as she shared how God had lead her through difficult times through her studies.  She confided that the difficulties had a positive impact on her as it drew her closer to God.

“As Seventh-day Adventist Christian students, we should always remember who is leading our lives. If we remember Him and always keep Him in the boat, no matter what comes our way, we should be ok. If we stand for God, in the end, He will always stand for you.”

The following lists the names of the students and the categories for which they were recognized.


1. Stacia Batchelor

2. Shavaughnie Grant

3. Jevaughn Patterson

4. Darryll Porteous

5. Sherifa Reynolds

6. Amelia Robinson

7. Aleasha Russell

8. Matthew Salmon

9. D’Lajauni Williams

10. Jada McKay  



1. Dominic Balfour

2. Arielle Buckle (top L.A student in the Caribbean)

3. Abigail Cleary (CSEC & CAPE)

4. John Jackson

5. Matthew Jackson

6. Shalana Wrigh



1. Crystal Clarke

2. Layla Givans

3. Taffajay Simpson



1. Mark Jackson (Undergraduate Studies in Mathematics & Actuarial Science - NCU)

2. Deniel Larmond (Undergraduate Studies in Law -UWI Law School

3. Alanie Lewis (Undergraduate Studies in Law -UWI Law School

4. Sheldon Lewis (Undergraduate Studies in Accounting - UWI)

5. Audale Martin Undergraduate Studies in Music – Edna Manley School of Music)

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