CAT ISLAND, BAHAMAS — Members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force’s (RBDF) Squadron Department visited Cat Island to support students who recently participated in a national competition.
Led by Senior Lieutenant Alexis Brown, the commanding officer of patrol craft HMBS LEON LIVINGSTONE SMITH, and his crew, the team of officers and marines assisted with the 14th Annual Short Story/Poetry Competition presentation of certificates and awards on November 30, 2020. This event is coordinated by Vera Chase, a published author, historian and president of Commonwealth Writers of The Bahamas.
Presentations were made, at the Eric Moncur Resort Center, Cat Island, by Principal of Old Bight Primary School Olivia King; as RBDF members “assisted with the presentation of accolades to the overall winning students from various primary and high schools throughout the island”.
Aiden King and Aerius Smith from Old Bight Primary School took first place in their respective categories; Malia Thacker from Orange Creek Primary School placed first in her group; and Marcus Thacker from Arthur’s Town High School came first.
“As the Royal Bahamas Defence Force continues to patrol and protect the territorial integrity of the Bahamas, the organization also focuses on community building,” the force said in a statement, adding that the initiative intended to “continue to enforce the Commander Defence Force Commodore Raymond King’s strategic intent on focusing on talent management and national youth development”.