by Eulana Weekes
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): The entire grade six class of the Edgar T Morris Primary School in Tabernacle received scholarships from Mrs Sonia Boddie-Thompson, an alumnus of the school.
In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Sonia Boddie Promising Youth Leadership Scholarship on Thursday, June 01, 2023, Mrs Boddie-Thompson made the historic announcement.
“This year, I am pleased, I am delighted, I am happy and excited to announce that the 2023 Sonia Boddie Promising Youth Leadership Scholarship Recipients are the entire Grade 6 class!”
Mrs Boddie Thompson gave words of advice to the recipients, whom she encouraged to work hard and be upright citizens. She also encouraged the parents to keep in contact with her to either share the students’ progress or for advice.
“As I indicated in 2014, I am happy when I receive, but I am even happier when I can give back. Therefore, before I announce the winners of the 2023 Sonia Boddie Promising Youth Leadership Scholarship, I want to say to the students, “See this scholarship as a motivation for you to continue striving for academic excellence and for you to do your best in every task that you set your mind to. Even when you don’t feel like doing it, remember that there is Sonia Bodie-Thompson who believes in you and who is out there praying that you may continue to soar and you may continue to be like an eagle and spread your wings and do great things. I would continue to monitor the development of all of you. So, I say to the parents, please keep in contact with me.”
On June 30, 2014, the Sonia Boddie Promising Youth Leadership Scholarship was launched, and scholarships were presented to two recipients; a male and female. Mrs Boddie-Thompson made a firm commitment to empowering the children of Tabernacle annually.
“I am excited! I am excited to be back in St. Kitts. I am excited to be in my hometown of Tabernacle, and I am even more delighted to be here at my former school, the Edgar T Morris Primary School, formerly the Tabernacle Primary School, when I attended. It was here where I received a solid academic foundation, on which I was able to build and to soar as a young woman and for that, I am really eternally grateful.”
She added, “I continue to tell people, I do not believe the Lord has blessed me for me. I think the Lord is using me as a vessel to bless other people, and I want to continue ensuring that I can continue to multiply that blessing in this beautiful community called Tabernacle.”
According to Boddie Thompson, a total of 21 students have benefited from the scholarship since its inception in 2014; some, she said, are employed, some are enrolled at the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College, and others are in Secondary School.