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August 20, 2017    


(NASSAU, BAHAMAS) — Custom Computers Ltd. held its 10th annual “A’s for Excellence” campaign recently, and marked the occasion by presenting 10 winners with prize bundles that included laptops, tablets and other exciting tech products.             

Every summer since 2008, the company has rewarded primary and high school students through this event, which offers youngsters who earned at least one ‘A’ grade in their final report card for the academic year just ended an opportunity to enter random prize drawings.            

Students are entered once for each 'A' grade they receive, up to a maximum of 10 times.

This year, there were 861 entrants from across the country, who together earned a total of 7,268 A's.

One young man was particularly fortunate on the day of the drawings: Trevon Stubbs of Aquinas College, who is now going into 12th grade, won two prizes in the secondary school category.

"That sounds magnificent!" he said when informed of the good news. "I just feel stunned! It seems that my luck has expanded lately. Lady Luck is looking at me now!"

The other winners in the high school category were Matthew Curling of Akhepran International Academy, Brandon Moxey of Queen's College, and Ghandi Hield of Sister Mary Patricia Russell Junior High School in Freeport, Grand Bahama.

Ghandi's mother, Dellarease Sabrina Johnson-Hield, wrote the following in an email to the company: "On behalf of my husband, Ghandi and I, we would like to say a heartfelt "Thank You" to the Custom Computers Know-How Team. Ghandi and I were just discussing on Saturday how from the inception of "A's for Excellence" we have been submitting her report card but never won anything. So you can imagine our excitement after receiving that telephone call this afternoon. We really do appreciate this gift very much. She will be using this gift frequently in the coming semester as she made a request just before school closed to switch her elective to Computer Science and I was just discussing with my husband how she needed a computer to facilitate this change. We are so happy and excited for this gift."

Those who took home prizes in the primary school category were: Shellisa Johnson of Faithway Christian Academy, Kezia Johnson of Sadie Curtis Primary, Livandra Wilson of Centreville Primary, Jeremiah Hepburn of Sandilands Primary, Ania Gibson of Queen's College, and Cassara Turner of Dumfries Primary in Cat Island.

Among the winners, Livandra submitted the most A's: a total of 15. Asked how she managed to perform so well, she said: "I just worked really, really hard at it." She is now moving on to seventh grade at Queen's College.

In welcoming those present at the "A's for Excellence" prize presentations, Custom Computers Director Pia Farmer thanked The Hon. Michael Foulkes, Member of Parliament for Golden Gates and Chairman of the Education Loan Authority, who represented the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and assisted in handing over the prizes. She also expressed her gratitude to the family members and educators who work daily to support and empower students who are striving to do well in school.

"Thank you to all of the guests who are here and all those who made this celebration possible," said Mrs. Farmer. "We have great students. I see these report cards; they are amazing. There are many great stories in education, and it is up to all of us to make more of them happen."

Details on the 11th annual "A's for Excellence" campaign will be announced shortly after Easter next year.

Latajha Beneby (left), First Runner-Up in the 2016 Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year Awards, shares a hug with host Anastarcia Palacious before picking the name of the winner in the primary school category of the Custom Computers “A’s for Excellence” campaign last year.

Erinn Avery Spencer, a 12th grade student at Queen’s College during the 2015/2016 academic year (centre), was the winner in the high school category of the 2016 Custom Computers “A’s for Excellence” campaign. She is pictured with Custom Computers Know-How Team members Tammie Hall Thompson (left) and Cyeon Fox. 

Photos by Bahamas Visual Services

Custom Computers Wraps Up
9th Annual A’s for Excellence Campaign

August 30, 2016


(NASSAU, BAHAMAS) — Scores of eager students, parents, guardians and educators tuned in to the ‘A’s for Excellence’ random prize drawings as they were broadcast live on the Custom Computers Facebook page recently.

Hosted by local media personality Anastarcia Palacious and featuring several special guests, including representatives of the Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year Foundation, the webcast was as informative as it was entertaining.

Every summer, Custom Computers rewards excellence in education by inviting primary and high school students from across the country who earned at least one ‘A’ grade in their final report card to enter for a chance to win an exciting prize. Students are entered once for each ‘A’ grade they received (up to a maximum of 10 times), so the better they do in their studies, the greater their chance to win.

The first winner to be announced, in the high school category, was Erinn Avery Spencer, a 12th grade student at Queen’s College during the 2015/2016 academic year. She won a Microsoft Surface Pro 4 two-in-one laptop/tablet along with a stylus and keyboard.

As it happened, Erinn was on her way to the airport to travel to Canada, where she will be attending Trent University to study biochemistry, during the live raffle drawings. She stopped by the Custom Computers Know-How Store at Old Fold Bay Town Centre to pick up her prizes before boarding her plane.

Erinn said that she had not planned to enter ‘A’s for Excellence’, but did so after being encouraged to do so by a family friend. She in turn urged other students to believe in themselves and be willing to take chances in order to accomplish their goals.

The second winner, in the primary school category, was Madison Elizabeth Cartwright, a second grade student at Mangrove Bush Primary, Long Island, during the academic year just ended. She earned seven ‘A’s and a 3.68 GPA in her final report card.

Madison’s prize was an HP bundle including a laptop, printer and several accessories.

The third winner to be announced was the Family Island school with the most A’s entered, a category established as part of ‘A’s for Excellence’ in 2014. This year’s prize went to Mangrove Bush Primary School of Mangrove Bush, Long Island, which entered 133 A’s.

Still recovering from the devastation brought by Hurricane Joaquin, during which the school lost approximately 90% of its furniture, teaching supplies and technical equipment, Principal Carla Rodgers had made it her personal challenge to submit her students’ report cards. “Each year, we encourage our students and parents to enter this campaign,” she said. “I knew that most of my parents are still in recovery mode, which is why I took the initiative to personally enter my students.”

On hand to accept the school’s prize, an HP multifunction machine, toner and paper, was Rosemary Burrows, Senior Assistant at Mangrove Bush Primary. Every student at the school will also be receiving a goodie bag.

In a surprise twist to this year’s campaign, Custom Computers decided also to acknowledge the Nassau-based school with the most A’s entered. The winner was Temple Christian Primary, which submitted 439 A’s — 7.7% of the total A’s entered overall.

“Temple Christian has always been at the top of the list in terms of entries, so we felt it was time to reward the school’s teachers and administrators for their continued support and success of their students,” said Custom Computers Director Pia Farmer. “We would like to thank everyone for their participation, especially the teachers and parents without whom none of this would be possible, and who are the reasons for the children’s success!”

This year’s ‘A’s for Excellence’ received more than 600 student entries, representing 4,847 ‘A’ grades from across the country.

“We are always amazed by the response to our campaign,” said Mrs. Farmer. “This year, we made an even greater effort to let students know about this opportunity to be rewarded for their hard work. Our team visited 47 randomly selected schools in New Providence, and eight in Eleuthera, and next year we hope to reach out to even more.”

Mrs. Farmer encouraged students to visit for regular updates and to be part of the 10th annual campaign slated for next year.