Top boy in Common Entrance: Use technology for good
(Left to right) Digicel's Director of Marketing, Carolyn Shepherd; Javon Linton of the Blackman and Gollop Primary School; and CEO of Digicel Play, Charlie Clementson.
Young Javon Linton is encouraging others not to be obsessed with technology, but to use it for their development.
The Blackman and Gollop Primary School student is the top performing male and an early sitter in the 2017 Barbados Secondary Schools' Entrance Examination (BSSEE).
Speaking as Digicel Barbados rewarded students who sat the BSSEE, Javon who will be heading to Queen's College in September, urged the Barbadian public to take advantage of the knowledge and information available online. He told the students that while he also enjoys playing games and using technology for entertainment, he makes sure he takes advantage of the learning opportunities it brings.
Core Network Manager at Digicel, Dwight Grannum, shared a similar sentiment. Making the link between the company and the power of the internet to student's advancement, he noted that children are able to navigate their way online from a very tender age:
"As a telecommunications company Digicel Barbados is heavily dependent on technology, so we wanted to share a few comments with the students on how technology can help them to build on the excellence they have achieved in the 11-Plus examination...
"I am sure that you students have already begun to use technology in this way for research, analysis and presentation. As adults we realize that children learn all too quickly how to use everything: Google, social media, the works and it seems that they are born with a knack for it all."
He encouraged the students to be champions of technology by using it not just to gain information, but also to develop critical thinking:
"Students use technology daily. Even at the tender age of 11, bBeing able to critically analyze the information sourced is the next step and it is important to take the work of experts into consideration in new applications and ideas.
"Finally the objective is to present it all in an interesting and engaging manner. Always aim to make your project or assignment stand out in a positive way. Ask yourself if you were the recipient would this hold your interest, would it stand out in your opinion and would it be memorable for you?"
Stressing that Digicel will continue to make technology accessible, Grannum urged the students to make the most of the technology around them.
"I therefore encourage you to use technology to maximize your productivity as this is critical to your future success.
"As Digicel continues to stay at the forefront of the technology that drives our business, we will make information more accessible to you."
Digicel celebrates Common Entrance triumph and success
Those students awarded by Digicel during the ceremony last week included top female performer Tishani Jordan, of Christ Church Girls, who will be attending Queen's College in September; top male performer and early sitter from the Blackman and Gollop Primary School, Javon Linton, who will also be moving on to Queen's College; most improved student of the Christ Church Girls School, Vanessa Wiggins; and most improved student of the Blackman and Gollop Primary School, who will be going to the St Michael School in September, Ethan Small.
Digicel also had the special reward for the top performing child of a parent who works at the company. That prize went to Joshua Carter who will also be attending Queens College and is the son of their Corporate Customer Care Executive, Karen Bridgeman.