The St. Joseph’s Convent (SJC) Grenville, St. Andrew has retained the coveted EU Buckmire Science Award trophy for a third consecutive year.
This award is presented annually to the top performing science students chosen out of the three secondary schools in St. Andrew.
Former student of SJC, Grenville, 17- year-old Karzena Harford from the village of Balthazar in St. Andrew, is the recipient of the 2015 EU Buckmire Science Award, which is given annually to students who perform outstandingly in science subject areas in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC), formally known as the Caribbean Examamination Council (CXC) exams.
A special ceremony was held at the SJC Grenville last week Thursday evening to mark the momentous occasion for Karzena, her alma mater and seven of her former classmates.
This is the sixth time SJC has captured the award, which was first given in 2005, as an initiative of the Buckmire brothers – owners of Parris’ Pharmacy Ltd in Grenville, St. Andrew.
The St. Andrew’s Anglican Secondary School (SAASS), which is located in Telescope, St. Andrew has captured the Award on five occasions.
According to Dr. Kenneth Buckmire, the 2005 recipient Lisselle Joseph who attained an average of 94.4% had maintained the highest average until now but was overtaken by Karzena who received an average of 95.2% in the sciences.
In 2015, Karzena graduated at the top of her class as the valedictorian having amassed 11 Grade 1s in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) exams.
The aspiring chemist is currently a Natural Science major at the T.A. Marryshow Community College (TAMCC).
Meanwhile, Dr. Buckmire’s other brother, Dr. Reginald Buckmire said the EU Buckmire Foundation has designed the award to develop investigative and innovative scientific thinkers.
“We have injected some seed money into the foundation and deposited same in the Republic Bank of Grenada. We think of these funds as a catalyst…so that it may become a must larger foundation,” Dr. Buckmire said.
Since the inception of the EU Buckmire Award in 2005, the competition has been strictly between SAASS and SJC, Grenville, the only two secondary schools in St. Andrew to have their names inscribed on the coveted science trophy.