– Four Cat Islanders are on their way to higher education after being awarded scholarships by the Cat Island Sailing Association. Standing from left to right are: Raphael Munroe, recipient; District Superintendent, Cat Island Rum Cay and San Salvador, Garth H. King; BTVI’s Manager and Consultant, Dr. Iva Dahl; President, Cat Island Sailing Association, Patrick Strachan and Principal, Old Bight High School, Jerome Forbes. Seated are recipients: Donnamae Dean, Arley Merzius and Clifton Bullard.
Cat Island’s future is looking brighter as four young natives
were recently awarded technical scholarships, thanks to the Cat Island Sailing
Awarded were Clifton Bullard, Arley Merzius and Raphael
Munroe, students already enrolled at The Bahamas Technical and Vocational
Institute (BTVI) along with Donnamae Dean, who will join them in spring 2015. It was a huge moment for the association’s
president, Patrick Strachan, who was able to tick off one of his goals for his
said the scholarships were awarded to students who represent the future of Cat
Island. “As president of the sailing club, I’ve always felt that the club ought
to be known as something more than a group of people organizing a regatta. I’m of the opinion that we ought to do things
for the Cat Island community that will leave a lasting impression and help it
to grow. I believe that when you educate
an individual, that will always remain with that person, unlike material things
which will wither,” he stated.
Meanwhile, principal of Old Bight High School, Jerome
Forbes, who flew into Nassau just for the presentation, was elated over the
scholarships presented to his former students, Clifton and Arley, both of whom
have six Bahamas General Certificates of Secondary Education (BGCSE’s).
“These two men could have chosen any other institution, but
they chose BTVI. They did their own
research, telling me they want to become Electricians. We thank the Cat Island Sailing Association
for allowing them to fulfill their dreams,” said Mr. Forbes.
He expressed confidence that the two “promising young men”
would attain the same level of success at BTVI which they attained in high
Also expressing confidence in the scholarship recipients was
Manager and Consultant of BTVI, Dr. Iva Dahl, who took the opportunity to
encourage them during their pursuits at the institution. She added that Cat Island holds a special
place in the heart of BTVI as it was the first Family Island on which the
institution held a General Maintenance course.
Grateful for the opportunity, Clifton thanked the association
on behalf of the recipients. “We will
represent Cat Island well. We will live
up to our end of the bargain. Thank you.
We will prove we deserve this,” said the former Heady Boy.
Additionally, District Superintendent for Cat Island, Rum
Cay and San Salvador, Garth H. King said he was impressed with the
association’s gesture to help the youngsters.
He noted that it is an investment into the futures of four promising Cat
Islanders, who based on their high school records, are “well-rounded and
While Clifton and Arley study Electronics Engineering
Installers and Repairs, Raphael will complete studies in Auto Mechanics and
Donnamae will focus on Cosmetology.