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Rusea’s boasts being the most

prominent rural schoolboy

football team in Jamaica for

the past 30 years,” said

Principal Linvern Wright.

Rusea’s High is such a driv-

ing force in football that in

the 2015-16 academic year,

top striker Jehvoy Diaz, a

member of the DaCosta Cup

U-16 team, was an invitee and

representative of the National

U-17 team. Additionally,

Deshane Beckford also repre-

sented Jamaica in the 2016 U-

20 CFU competition.

ATHLETICS

On the track, Rusea’s High is

also impressive. In academic

year 2014-15, the female

track and field team finished

second at the 2015 Western

Athletics Championships.

A year later, Myesha Nott,

who was on the female track

team, represented Jamaica in

Robert Gordon, head of the Industrial Arts

Department and staff adviser for the school’s

Students’ Council; and Dawn Dawes, English

teacher and grade 11 supervisor.

“The Modern Languages Club participated in

the 2017 Spanish Quiz Competition and

emerged as the Western Regional Champions.

The team was coached by Cleopatra Parkins,

Spanish teacher, and Khadine Thomas, head

of the Modern Languages Department,” said

Principal Wright.

Another notable achievement of Rusea’s

High was at the 2015 JCDC Music Festival,

where the school’s choir was awarded six gold

medals and three silver medals at the parish

level and four national awards. In 2016, the

choir, led by Celia Lewis-Reid, got two gold

medals, three silver, and one bronze at the

parish level. In 2017, however, it was four

gold medals at the parish final and two

national awards.

SPORTS

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RUSEA’S HIGH SCHOOL’S 240TH ANNIVERSARY FEATURE | SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2017

the triple jump at the 2016 CARIFTA Games

in Grenada. Scholarships to the University

of the West Indies and overseas were

awarded to Melicia

Bailey, Chevelle

Myrie, and Toni-Ann

Bailey due to

their excellent per-

formances in track

and field.

“The female track

and field team won

the ISSA Boys & Girls’

Western Athletics

Championships for

the first time in 2017,

while the male team

placed fifth in the competition. Both teams

maintained a place in the top 10 of the

Western Athletics Championships. The male

and female teams went on to place ninth at

the ISSA National Boys and Girls’ Athletics

Championships. Also in the summer, Brithon

Senior, a member of the Rusea’s male track

team, represented Jamaica in Kenya at the

World Junior Championships in August

2017,” Wright said proudly.

The female

track and field

team won the

ISSA Girls

Western

Athletics

Championships

for the

first time in

2017 ... .

Oh Rusea’s built

upon a rock, which

forms a sure foun-

dation. Oh what a

genius of a man to

choose here for

education’.

N

O TRUER

words have

ever been

sung as this. The first line of

the Rusea’s High school song

reminds us of how

it took the genius

of one man, along

with the Grace of

God, to establish a

school which we

now so proudly

hold very dear to

our hearts. An

authentic establish-

ment that began its

prolific journey 240 years ago.

The prominent history of

Rusea’s high is what most past

Ruseans hold closest to their

hearts. The stories past stu-

dents told me of their experi-

ence at the school is what

made me declare from as early

as primary school, that Rusea’s

is my choice high school. So

said so done.

I am here now looking back

at my wonderful memories of

the school and share in the

celebration of 240 years of

excellence.

BRIAN CAMPBELL

President

Students’ Council

Rusea’s lower school students

Brian Campbell

Treasured memories