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Blind Student defies the odds and captures the 2011 Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year
For Immediate Release: May 25th, 2011
Contact: Ricardo P. Deveaux – 242-434-6089 / 954-703-4592
Contact for Anna Albury: c/o Principal, Hope Town Primary, Mrs. Candace Key – 242-366-0176
Anna Albury of Hope Town School, Abaco defies the odds and captures the 2011 Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year
The Board of Directors of the Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year Foundation and the Nassau, Bahamas Pan-Hellenic Council in conjunction with the Distinguished Panel of Judges are pleased to announce that a respected campus leader, an excellent scholar, a multi-talented child and a student who possesses a terrific outlook on everything in life has been selected as the 2011 Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year. The 2011 Student of the Year is absolutely amazing Anna Albury, a 12 year old blind student at Hope Town Primary School, Hope Town, Abaco. Anna maintains an Accumulative Grade point Average of 3.80. Anna handles her blindness as just another facet of her outstanding personality that makes up this charming little student. She was selected from among the 116 nominees in the 2011 Awards Program.
Mrs. Candace Key, Principal at Hope Town Primary School describes our 2011 Student of the Year noted that this “gifted young lady has gained the respect of her classmates early on by demonstrating her disciplined manner during school and her pleasant demeanor on campus in student activities and relationships.”
The fact that Anna is blind, her parents and school officials were all adamant that she be mainstreamed and not sent to the School for the Blind. Anna has never been treated differently by her peers or teachers. She is enthusiastic, has an infectious sense of humour and has never allowed her handicap to hold her back.
Anna was 2nd Runner up in the Abaco District Spelling Bee competition in 2009; 2nd place in the Rotary Club of Abaco Speech Competition; and Top Academic Achiever in Grades 4, 5 and 6. When Anna was eight year old, she competed for the first time in the annual Abaco Interschool Swimming Competition. When she stepped to the edge of the pool, many whispered “That‟s the blind girl! They‟re letting the blind girl swim!”. When Anna jumped in the pool, several hundred people started cheering her on. Even her parents had never seen her swim 25 meters. There wasn‟t a dry eye “in the house”. What a testament to dedication against all odds. Anna continues to swim as a member of the Hope Town School Swim Team and has never placed in the top six but her presence has given a whole new meaning to competition.
Some of Anna‟s hobbies are horseback riding, sailing, wind surfing, kayaking, swimming, running, rock wall climbing, roller coaster riding and cooking. Although Anna was born blind, she has been very fortunate to have parents who introduced her to everything a sighted person does.
Anna dream is to see other children who are blind attend regular school and not be separated from sighted children.
Anna who serves as Head Girl at Hope Town Primary, plays the piano, sings in the church, dances, and assist by visiting the elderly in the community. Anna is the daughter of George and Theresa Albury.
As the National Primary School Student of the Year, Anna won a $6,000 scholarship donated by Bahamas Office and School Supplies (BOSS) and a computer donated by Jonathan & Michelle Ford.
Ricardo P. Deveaux, President & CEO, The Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year Foundation notes that “Anna is an inspiration to everyone that she meets. She is truly a testament of how one can overcome obstacles that have been placed in your life.”
Photo #1: Members of the Foundation Board of Directors with the 2011 Student of the Year Anna Albury
Photo #2: Headshot of Anna Albury
Please visit the Bahamas Student of the Year Awards Program website: http://www.bahamaspstoy.org