Campion graduate David Walcott was yesterday (November 18) awarded the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship, making him the eighth Campionite in eight years to receive the award and the fourteenth since the inception of the school some 50 years ago. This week it was also announced that five out of the seven annual Jamaica Scholarships have been awarded to Campion graduates. They are: Andre Bascoe (Jamaica Male); Sharlayne Waller (Jamaica Female); Shenae Cunningham (Jamaica Independence Open); Roxanne Ffrench (Jamaica Independence Female); and Kemar England (Jamaica Centenary Male). Bascoe and Waller were named the Top CAPE Performers in the Caribbean in Foreign Languages and Natural Sciences, respectively, while their classmate Aston Hamilton took the regional award for Computer Sciences.
“We are absolutely overjoyed at the success of our graduates,” said Campion’s Principal Grace Baston. “We congratulate the students, parents and of course our teachers who each played an important role in the attainment of these magnificent results. As a school family, we consider this a great blessing especially in this, our Jubilee year.”
Founded in 1960 by the Society of Jesus, Campion College is consistently named the top high school by the Jamaica Association of Secondary School Principals based on its examination results at CSEC and CAPE. As part of its 50th anniversary celebrations, the school will honour its teachers–some of whom have taught at the institution for over 30 years–at a long service awards ceremony on St Edmund Campion Day, December 1st, 2010.
In 2009, Campion launched its Vision 2020 Campaign to address the many development needs of the school with the priority being The Jonathan Stewart Library, Jamaica’s first modern library media centre, and the renovation of its Junior Science Labs. The Hon. Gordon “Butch” Stewart OJ has pledged US$350,000 to the Campaign while alumni and parents have donated and pledged an additional US$550,000 to date. Most recently, alum Kevin Hendrickson and his family pledged US$45,000 to the renovation of the Junior Physics Lab and parent Chris Berry pledged US$25,000 to the new Library at an event to pay tribute to the Jesuit founders of the school. The school is urging all alumni, parents and friends to get involved and more information is available on their web site at campioncollege.com