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JC Track & Field Stars represents Jamaica at CAC Junior Championships

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THE 2014 CAC JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS IS SCHEDULED FOR MORELIA, MEXICO ON JULY 4-6, 2014. The 2014 CAC Junior Championships is scheduled for Morellia, Mexico on July 4-6, 2014. The Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association announced that a team of 56 athletes will represent Jamaica. The team includes Jamaica College Waseem Williams, Clayton Brown and Alec-Verne Longmore.

The Central American and Caribbean Junior Championship is a junior athletics competition held between the nations of Central America and the Caribbean Islands promoted by the Central American and Caribbean Athletic Confederation (CACAC).

Author: Nateeka Wright

Jamaica College Houses NIKE Ambassador, Leon Bailey

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Craig Butler (left) founder of Phoenix All-Star Academy looks on as Pedro Boyd (second left) sports marketing specialist of Nike, shakes Leon Bailey’s hand immediately after he signed his endorsement contract at the Spanish Court Hotel on January 28, 2014. (PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON)

As the world anxiously anticipates the winner of the 2014 FIFA World Cup competition, the college men turn to Amsterdam’s AFC Ajax football player, Leon Bailey Butler, for his commentary and prediction for each game. Sixteen – year- old Leon Bailey Butler, known to many as ‘Chippy’ recently joined the Jamaica College family along with his brother, Kyle Butler, after returning to Jamaica to officially signed to a three-year endorsement contract by international brand Nike at the Spanish Court Hotel on January 28, 2014.

Leon will wear the Nike brand on and off the field, and could earn up to 10,000 euros per year.

According to Sports Marketing Specialist of Nike, Pedro Boyd, who is based in Panama, Leon was seen by a Nike scout in Europe.

“Well he was playing some good football there and we developed a contact for him here in Jamaica. The final decision to sign him was made by my international boss and I was asked to come down to make it official.

“We are betting on Leon…we are betting on him to be a great player to represent the brand of Nike well and to make Jamaica proud,” he added.

Leon, who is a product of the Phoenix All Stars Football Academy, also created history by signing the biggest contract for a junior football player at Racing Club Genk in Belgium. The prolific young striker had attracted interest from a number of clubs across Europe after his exploits in Austria, Germany and Belgium where he impressed with his goal scoring alongside fellow Phoenix club-mate and brother, Kyle Butler. He is currently signed to AFC Ajax, a Dutch professional football club based in Amsterdam and the seventh-most successful European club of the 20th century. Leon has scored over 100 goals in his professional football career.

As Leon waits to return to Europe he explains what it is like readjusting to school life in Jamaica having lived in Europe since he was thirteen years of age.

‘At first it was difficult adjusting to the idea of wearing uniforms to school, the rigid class system when it came to classwork and homework not to mention the numerous SBAs but the teachers and students made me feel like a part of a family which made adjusting easier,” said Leon.

“I am rated as a football player by the students and so we talk a lot about football – the English League and the World Cup,” he added.

Leon explained that living in Europe has been enjoyable and beneficial for his football career.

“School life in Europe is fun. Once they heard I was from Jamaica they all wanted to know about Bob Marley and Jamaica,” said Leon. “Apart from English I’m now fluent in three languages and speak a little French.”

Of all the countries that he has lived in Europe, for Leon, Belgium and Austria are the most memorable places.

“I love Belgium’s style of playing and how friendly they are on the field however Austria is beautiful, clean and has a lot of things to do,” expressed Leon.

The young teen whose personal motto is “Aim for the best” days begin at 6:30am and end at 11pm. “I am confident of my skills and can only achieve excellence by working very hard. I train from 4 – 7pm Mondays – Thursdays and from 7am – 6pm every Saturday and when I’m not training I’m studying which leaves very little time for socializing,” explained Leon. He however tries to unwind by playing FIFA PS4 and through social media sites on his phone such as Instagram and Facebook.

Leon’s dream of playing football was made possible by his coach, adopted father and JC Old Boy, Craig Butler, Founder of Phoenix Academy. Leon became a member of the academy while still attending primary school.

“I started when I was seven years old and they were training at Constant Spring. I went over there and started training until I joined in with the club,” explained Leon.

His dear friends, Jamaican track athlete, Warren Weir and Liverpool footballer, Raheem Sterling, are also his biggest supporters and motivators. Sterling, who is like a brother to Leon, recent words to him before heading off to Brazil for the 2014 FIFA World Cup to represent England were:

“Listen ‘charge’ push yourself as hard as you can because you will slowly make progress each and every day.”

Apart from Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), Leon admires footballers Edwin van der Sar (Manchester United), Marc Overmars (Arsenal and Ajax Director) and Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona) who he feels that he plays like as he is also a left footer like Messi.

While Leon eats, sleep and dreams of football he advises everyone to know what they want in life.

“Hard work and dedication will help you to achieve your goals.”

Leon’s prediction for the winner of the 2014 FIFA World Cup – “Brazil of course!” he exclaimed.

Warren Weir, Leon Bailey Butler and Raheem Sterling

Follow Leon Bailey Butler on Instagram leonbailey100 as he aims for his goal.

TVJ Excerpt – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVaoJdVYOg0

Author: Nateeka Wright

Jovaughn Mullings – Another JC Champion

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Watching Jovaughn Mullings, it was hard to imagine him as the amazingly accomplished tennis player I had heard so much about. However, a closer look reveals that he is quiet wiry and as he opens up about his passion for the sport, a light dances in his brown eyes that explains why it is believable.

His story started when he was a student at Mico Practising School.  He would follow his brother to the tennis court next door where they collected balls with which to play cricket.  Before long, his brother, Jahvair, was invited to play tennis.  Jahvair, a Kingston College student, would go on to earn a scholarship through his association with Tennis Jamaica, to attend Norfolk State University in Virginia.

Jovaughn did not always want to play tennis.  His first love was gymnastics.  The day he saw his friend smashed his head on some blocks doing a back flip, was the day he decided gymnastics was not for him.  His brother started to teach him tennis and he has not looked back.  When he came to Jamaica College, he was invited by Mr. Newsome to play the Under Fourteen tournament.

Already he speaks with the tone of one who has seen it all and done most of it.  He said he has played countless tournaments, he was number one in the 14, 16 and 18 age groups; he made the Davis Cup Team in 2011 beating the Honduran and Trinidadian.  Of course these tournaments have afforded him the privilege to travel widely to many tennis playing countries among other opportunities.

Although he had the pleasure of meeting and playing with Venus and Serena Williams at Tryall  and Treasure Beach, his most memorable tennis experience was his game against Ramone Doily, the number one seed at the time in the under eighteen category.  Mullings defeated Doily 7 -5, 4 -6, 7 – 5.  He was awarded by JC for his accomplishments.

Talent like this has to be noticed and rewarded and it has been.  He was spotted by Gene Thompson, Head of Men’s Tennis in Virginia, and was granted a scholarship to attend Virginia State University.  Although he has been accepted at UWI to study law, he will take up the Virginia offer because of his desire to play College Tennis.

The JC family wishes you all the best in your endeavors.  You go JC Champion! Fervet

Author:     Marjorie Wright

JC – Tennis to the Gore!

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“I believe in the dignity of labour, whether with head or hand, that the world owes no man a living but that it owes every man an opportunity to make a living.” -  (John D. Rockefeller)

Senator Reid had the inestimable privilege of welcoming those gathered for the rededication of the Jamaica College Tennis Court.  The event was held on June 05, 2014 appropriately, between the Karl Hendrickson Auditorium and the newly renovated tennis courts.  The principal had special commendations for the Carlton Alexander and Gore families (Gore Developments Ltd.), who were represented, for their continued support in the transformation of JC.

In his response, Phillip Gore lauded Senator Reid for his efforts to bring back JC to the point where it is among the best schools in both sports and academics.  He regaled the audience with his days as a truant but explained how his love of tennis brought him to his senses.  R. Danny Williams would have had knowledge of this when he urged Gore to take on the renovation of the tennis court – which he did wholeheartedly.

According to Gore, both he and his wife are involved in this project with Tennis Jamaica which has supported some fifty two children through scholarships.  He contends that although tennis is not one of the ‘glamour’ sports, it must be accepted as an opportunity to excel.   He wishes that JC would take on tennis seriously as he is prepared to help in any way he can.

Mr. Ian Forbes, Sports Development Chairman, thanked Mr. Gore for facilitating the development of tennis at a time when the local tertiary institutions are finally accepting students with talents in sports, through scholarships.

Bradley Dodd, who epitomizes the JC dream student, moved the vote of thanks.  He is the Jr. Tennis Team Captain, a cricketer and was top achiever in academics in 2013 in his year group. He is only in Second Form.  To hear him speak must have made all in attendance pleased about the prospect of our students to excel in academics and sports.

Learn about Jevaughn Mullings, JC’s outstanding tennis player,  in the next article.

Author: Marjorie Wright

Photographer: Dwayne K. Smith

Cultural Drummers Create History

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The Jamaica College Cultural Drummers, under the tutelage of Robert Malcolm, copped national gold in the 2014 National Festival of the Arts for their entry in the Traditional Form Ensemble (15 years and under) Drumming category.

In a spirited performance of the paradoxically titled “Whispering Folk”, the drummers put on a showcase of technique and style: drum exchanges, stick exchanges and changes in floor layout amidst renditions of traditional “set-up” lyrics.

Highly praised by the adjudicators for their showmanship, the drummers expressed sheer exuberance at the win. After their success at the regional and parish levels, the “little drummer boys” were confident going into nationals. However, when it was all said and done, fourth former, Daniel Harrison, expressed that he was “happy to know that this is the first time we are entering and we took it all the way to gold”. This was the general sentiment of the drummers, instructor, teachers and parents who were in attendance to lend their support and show of their pride.

We must congratulate the following college men for their sound dedication to the art form and for their interest in helping to maintain Jamaica’s rich cultural heritage:

Drummers L-R (Back): Dominic McFarlane, Joshua Anderson, Steven Coward, Javan Johnson, Tajae Kennedy, Daniel Harrison, Brandon Sterling.                                                                                 L-R (Front): Robert Malcolm, Jonnoy Williams, Kristian Chin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And as the sun set on the weary but proud young drummers, gathered to depart from the Little Theatre in Kingston, they started to make plans for the 2015 season; as College men, they are fully aware that “work is burning in the fields”.

Author: Nickiesha Findley

 

Karl Hendrickson: Honoured

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Karl Hendrickson

(Martin Luther King Jr, Humanitarian Award)

On Saturday May 24, 2014

Karl Hendrickson was awarded in an appropriate scene

The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, in New Kingston

Had a gala dinner to honour this JC son.

His Old friend Danny was in his elements

Calling Karl, “an entrepreneurial genius, a …humanitarian who keeps silent”

Hendrickson received the Martin Luther King Jr Humanitarian Award

Thus joining a list of prestigious Jamaicans who have been honoured

The event had a host of prominent personalities

And accolades poured in from friends and families

Sir Patrick Allen, distinguish patron of the event

Spoke of Karl’s unchanging altruistic heart which is prominent

Former White House aide Michael Alexander Blake

Said Karl embodies creativity in science even as he baked

After Philip Gore read the citation

Hendrickson stood to address everyone

The man of the moment waxed lyrically

“Work … consistently…and build a strong Jamaica economically.” [Fervet]

Author: Marjorie Wright

Source: The Gleaner

R. Danny Says… 20 Tips for Success

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How did Danny Williams grow to become the multimillionaire he is today?  How did he become a successful insurance agent, a powerbroker and philanthropist? What are the guiding principles that have kept him focused to this day?

It is not a secret.  He shared his winning formula with the college men and now you can be inspired by these maxims.  R. Danny said entrepreneurs are people who have changed the whole face of economic activities because they have the ability to see gaps and fill them.

  1. They are creative and have a drive to get things done.
  2. They online casino australia have knowledge about the product they are buying or selling.
  3. They never say die.
  4. If they fail, they will try again.
  5. They believe that what they are doing can be done.
  6. They take risks.
  7. They are enthusiastic about their ideas and are undeterred by failure.
  8. They are always looking for an opportunity.
  9. There is no successful lazy entrepreneur.
  10. No one can make you an entrepreneur or push you to be successful.
  11. Behind every successful person is himself.
  12. Recognize that it can be a lonely road.
  13. They encourage people to think more and bigger.
  14. They look for opportunities not excuses.
  15. Planning is critical
  16. The second most important thing you can do is to speak English
  17. Practise English, study the language or be left behind.
  18. Read out loud.
  19. Build a good reputation and trade on that.
  20. Be honest and trustworthy.

Author: Marjorie Wright

“Great leaders today, greater leaders tomorrow”

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Jamaica College has always sought to focus on the holistic development of students. Over the years, the school has undergone various changes but its mandate has remained the same: to produce young men who maintain a high level of academic excellence. It is with this thrust that we recognized the importance of introducing an Honour Society as part of the school’s curriculum.

The Jamaica College Honour Society seeks to recognize and encourage academic achievement, promote leadership and stimulate a desire for service among its students, in an effort to fully prepare them to become world class citizens.

MEMBERSHIP

All students who have attained an average of 80% and above are eligible for membership within the society.  This year, members of the society were expected to:

  • elect a governing body : President, Vice President, Secretary/ Treasurer;
  • lead their peers in different aspects of school life.  Members will be encouraged to be actively involved and be exemplary students and positive role model for their peers;
  • meet every fourth Thursday of each month from 2:30-4:00pm. These sessions were geared towards developing each student’s leadership qualities.  The foci were School Involvement, Community Involvement, Organizational Skills and Public Speaking.
  • conduct an Outreach Project.
  • participate in a Trip or a Social Event.

GENERAL ASSEMBLY

The first General assembly of the Honour Society was held on the 14th of November 2013, at 2:30 p.m. in the Conference room. Approximately 35 members were in attendance along with Coordinators Mrs. S. Lyn Quee and Mrs. N. Crawford-Thompson. Mr. Ruel Reid gave the main address under the theme “Student Involvement in School Leadership”.

EXECUTIVE OFFICERS 2013 – 2014

President                                             Akeem Mckenzie

Vice President                                     Shaquille Reid

Secretary                                             Alex Chen-Sue

Assistant Secretary                             Marcello Berry

Treasurer                                             Anthony Williams

Assist. Treasurer                                 Brandon Neil

P.R.O.                                                 Christopher Issacs

Assistant P.R.O.                                 Ruel McNeil

PRESENTATION OF HONOUR SOCIETY MEMBERS

On Monday, January 6, 2014, the members of the Honour Society were presented to the school body during General Assembly. They were given special calendars by the school administration.

Sixteen (16) students were unable to maintain an 80% average and were removed from the society.

BADGING OF HONOUR SOCIETY MEMBERS

During the month of February, 2014, a total of fifty (50) students were given membership badges. The Honour Society continues to encourage academic achievement.

Contributor: S. Lyn Quee

Editor: Nickiesha Findley

Learning from the Consummate Entrepreneur

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Mr. R. Danny Williams graciously acceded to make a presentation to a group of Fourth Form students, who are studying Economics.  This was on the invitation of Mrs. Ramasary-Burgher, the teacher of Economics.

Mr. Williams was keen to impress on the students, from the outset, that entrepreneurs do not succeed overnight.  He explained how he had learned the art while he was still a student at Jamaica College.  He emphasized that he poured himself into studying and was successful academically.

At the time, the school had no grant aid from government and his father, an accounting clerk died when Danny was 13 years old.  This left the responsibility on his mother who was a dressmaker.  Because he had very little pocket money coming in, he started his first business at 13 years old.  This was buying and selling in order to buy what he wanted.

By Sixth Form he was able to buy a car with the proceeds from his business; he was the only boy driving to school.  This car soon became the new business as he began to make money by providing ‘robot taxi’ service to some of his school mates, at a fee of course.

How did Danny Williams grow to become the multimillionaire he is today?  How did he become a successful insurance agent, a powerbroker and the many enviable positions he has held? What are the guiding principles that guided him? Read all this in the next article.

Author: Marjorie Wright

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