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MoBay “Old Girls” Party Hearty – Gleaner – November 16, 2012
Past students of Montego Bay High School came together in Coral Springs, Florida for a grand reunion weekend on October 19-21. Hosted by the International Alumnae Association under the theme ‘Building Together, Creating a Legacy’, the event reunited classmates who had not seen each other for decades.
President of the Association Karen Morris-Clarke kicked things off on the Friday night with a ‘meet and greet’ in which guests were asked to dress in Miss Lou outfits or Jamaica colours. Maxine Brown-Hylton of the New York chapter took home the prize for the best Miss Lou-inspired outfit.
The ‘old girls’ danced to music from the 1970s and many cried and screamed as they were reunited with old friends. Marcia Reid Windross, new author and graduate of 1977, took the opportunity to showcase her book Finally Reid: The Extraordinary Testimonies of an Ordinary Woman.
For Saturday’s banquet night at the Coral Springs Marriot, former teachers Joyce Jean Green, Janet McDermott-Silvera and Norma Panton were honoured along with former principal Mrs Barbara Smith.
Achievement awards were also presented by Jamaica’s Chief Justice Zaila McCalla – a past student; Judith McDermott, Joan Thorpe-Ewan, Resident Magistrate Sheron Barnes, and Dr Grace Grant.
Other honorees were Vin Martin, Jamaica’s honourary counsel to Atlanta, Myrtle Dwyer, chairman of the school board, and Dennis Hawthorne of Dennis Shipping who donated J$1million to the school.
Headmistress Donna-Marie Redway reported on the school’s continuing academic success and mistress of ceremonies Metty Scarlett-Jones kept the night alive with her humour.
The keynote speaker and past student was Jewel Hanson Scott, the first female district attorney for Atlanta.
Other past students in attendance were: Maureen Francis-Bowen, Jacqueline Walker, Bridget Shelton-Brown, Shauna Shelton Webster, Dianne Costa-Robertson, Sherril Chichton, Lorna Crichton, Lisa Crichton Dhana, Leache Roache, Jean-Ann Turner, Yessenia Taylor, Alicia Hall, Kamla-Kay Raggie, Sharon Johnson Robinson, Semone Brown, Tracy Christie Smith, Celia Wittingham, Veronica Heron, Charmaine Leslie Jackson, Ife Sinclair, Natalie McKenzie, Marilyn Hall, and many others