Former Calabar High School star basketballer Vashil Fernandez has signed a contract to play for the Miami Heat in this season’s National Basketball Association (NBA) championship in the United States of America. The Heat announced the signing of Fernandez yesterday, but did not disclose the terms of the deal, citing club policy. The 24-year-old Fernandez is the all-time leading shot blocker at Valparaiso University, playing all four seasons with the Crusaders and appearing in 131 games. The 6’10” Fernandez last represented the Jamaica senior team at the Tournament of Americas in Venezuela in 2013. President of the Jamaica Basketball Association, Dr Mark Broomfield, said he is elated with Fernandez’s achievement and expects him to do well in the NBA. “I know where Fernandez is coming from because he has worked hard, and so he deserves to be where he is at now,” said Broomfield. “It’s also good to see a basketball player coming out of our high-school system and signing for a team in the NBA, because it augurs well for the development of basketball in Jamaica,” he said. “This goes to show that we have the talent here in Jamaica, but we just need the support to help our players to get to the next level,” Broomfield said. Fernandez averaged 4.7 points, 5.1 rebounds and two blocks while shooting 54 per cent from the field during his collegiate career. As a senior, he led the National Collegiate Athletic Association in blocks per game and was named the Horizon League Defensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive season. Fernandez, who finished his career with 289 blocks, will wear the number 14 jersey for the Heat. Former Jamaica College star Jerome Jordan is the last local player to suit up for an NBA team. Jordan, who plays centre, represented the Brooklyn Nets in 2015.
First Place Winner, Sr. Kathleen McGuire Memorial High School was awarded LRD $10,000.Student Patrick Korvah (first from right) who received the award urged his fellow peace advocates to do more research, read and pay keen attention to the English language, which he believes will help them in writing constructive articles in the future. Peace Pledge Competition 2018, by Messengers Of Peace Liberia1 of 4 Minister of Youth and Sports, D. Zeogar Wilson, congratulates second place winner of the national peace pledge awards and presents a price of 6,000 Liberian Dollars to the second place winner, William V.S. Tubman Gray High School. MOP Executive Director, Gwendolyn S. Myers, congratulates one of the representatives of the William V.S. Tubman Gray High School, Faith Tabolo, and second place in the Peace Pledge Competition.Student Faith Tabolo, President of her school Peace Club, told the audience in her winning speech “We never wanted to submit our pledge because we felt it was nothing”, she said with tears in her eyes as her colleague Jacob Kollie looks on. Group photo with the Executive Director, Gwendolyn Myers along first and second place winners of the peace pledge competition after the program. First Place Winner, Sr. Kathleen McGuire Memorial High School was awarded LRD $10,000.Student Patrick Korvah (first from right) who received the award urged his fellow peace advocates to do more research, read and pay keen attention to the English language, which he believes will help them in writing constructive articles in the future.After a one-day workshop with peace volunteers and messengers, the Messengers of Peace (MOP) Liberia, Inc. organized a “Peace Pledge Competition” among various school peace clubs around the country to have them commit to and sustain peace wherever they are, using the United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) #s 2250 & 2419 as their platforms for joint action.The competition brought together nine schools who submitted their peace pledges to the evaluating partner of MOP, the Daily Observer newspaper. The pledges were carefully vetted and three schools ascended as winners.“The ultimate goal of the competition was to boost and unite the various schools peace clubs and encourage them to be better youth for tomorrow”, MOP’s Peace Clubs Coordinator, John D. Lawor emphasized.The Executive Director of MOP, Gwendolyn S. Myers, said that the winner’s pledge shall become the standard pledge to be recited by every peace volunteer and messenger of peace at programs and peace events.Participating high schools included the St. Peter’s Lutheran; A.M. Fofana; Charles Henry Dewey; Brilliance Academy; Len Miller High School (Salvation Army); William Booth (Salvation Army); Sr. Kathleen McGuire Memorial; William V.S. Tubman Gray and John Lewis Morris.Students and peace club representatives later gathered at the Fofana A. Fofana high school in Sinkor, Fish Market to hear the winners being announced and receive their prizes.Sr. Kathleen McGuire Memorial High School took first place, clinching the prize of 10,000 LRD; the second-place prize of 6,000 LRD was awarded to William V.S. Tubman Gray High school, while the Charles Henry Dewey Central High School took third place and won 3,000 LRD.Gracing the occasion was the Minister of Youth and Sports, D. Zeogar Wilson, who congratulated the winners and presented them their prizes.Sr. Kathleen McGuire Memorial High School Peace PledgeThe winning pledge, written by students of the Sr. Kathleen McGuire Memorial High School, reads: As a messenger of peace, I pledge my commitment for the stability of peace; to maintain and sustain peace wherever I may be, with one goal to accomplish we stand together with one aim and objective we’ll work together. With my passion for peace at heart, I’ll stand for peace and live for peace because as a messenger of peace, I ought to achieve harmony and security and security within my school and my community because youth plus peace equals bright future indeed. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)