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Student Athletes Merit Bikes

(From left) Akeem Hyde, Kayla Mitchell, Kareem Murray, Deandra Kelly, Steven Rivers, Alyssa Connor, Ashante Jackson, and Casey Ramos each received Huffy bikes for outstanding athletic achievement. With them are some of the sponsors (back row from left) West Bay MLAs Cline Glidden Jr. and Capt. Eugene Ebanks, JP; John A. Cumber alumni Meloney Jackson; and 'School Father' Floyd Bush.

Schools have closed and the summer vacation has officially begun. And for eight John A. Cumber Primary athletes it will be an especially exciting time since they've each just acquired a Huffy bicycle.

The bikes were gifts from the school's sports committee and five community members. They were presented to students who were recognised as being John A. Cumber's outstanding athletic achievers.

"The selection criteria go beyond athletic performance," the school's Physical Education Teacher Harcourt Wason explained.

"Students must perform both on and off the field. They must demonstrate good behaviour and sportsmanship, as well as excellent attendance at practice sessions. Moreover, they must have participated in at least two sporting disciplines for a minimum of three years."

The Year 6 students - Deandra Kelly, Casey Ramos, Alyssa Connor, Kayla Mitchell, Kareem Murray, Steven Rivers, Ashante Jackson and Akeem Hyde - beamed as they accepted their rewards for contributing to their school's sporting achievements.

West Bay community member Bridgette Kirkconnell and the school's sports committee each donated two bikes, while Education Minister, the Hon. Rolston Anglin, JP, West Bay MLA Capt. Eugene Ebanks, JP, John A. Cumber alumni Melony Jackson and the Williams family each donated one.

Three teachers - Principal Wallace, Football Coach Coles and Cricket Coach Griffith - also received airline tickets. These were donated by the Hon. Premier McKeeva Bush, OBE, JP; West Bay MLA Cline Glidden Jr.; and John A. Cumber alumni Pilar Bush.

The gifts were solicited by self-appointed 'School Father' Floyd Bush, who has voluntarily assisted the school in several capacities for nearly 25 years. The community awards programme has been a mainstay of the school calendar and a project of his for the last decade.

During the 2009/10 school year John A. Cumber's teams won the CUC Pre-season Boys Football Rally; the LIME Inter-primary Cricket League; the Inter-primary Girls Football League; and the CNB Girls Inter-primary Basketball League.

In addition their teams made first runner-up in the CUC Inter-primary Boys Football League; the Inter-primary Schools Sports Meet and the Inter-primary Netball League. The school's B team also placed fourth in the Inter-primary Netball League.

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For further information contact: Kenisha Morgan