SPOTLIGHT ON KNOXITES



We welcome your contribution to this page. Please send in a profile on how Knox has influenced you, what you did while attending Knox and what you have been up to since leaving Knox. I am sure that your friends will enjoy catching up on what has happened in your life since leaving Knox. Below you will find contributions from the following Knox alumni or teachers. They appear in the order that they are listed in:

Peter Graham
Patricia Richards

Charmaine Gentles '79-'84
Kairy Walker - '87-'92
Jacqui Dear - '54-'65
Kevin Roberts -
'89-'94
Carol Muschette-Kirk   -''77

Patriece Campbell '94-'99
Ingrid Salmon ('92-'97)
"Shabba" Shane Williams ('89-'94)

Cicilyn Balfour ('85-'91)
Artia Scarlett ('90-'98)
Myers Errol, a friend to Knox ('70)
Gerron Johnson ('95-'00)
Ludlow Ball ('81)
Geoff Drever ('75-'77)
Michael Jones AKA Ikun ('73-'78 & '79-'80)
Garth Hamilton ('79-'84)
Gavin Bailey ('97-'00)
Kevin Speare  ('85-'89)
Travia Stewart ('88-'93)
Nekisha Balfour ('94-'99)
Susan Jacobs-Williams ('61)
Carol Simpson ("77-'85)
Annette Rattigan (Augustin) ('80-'86)
Michelle Thomas '81-'86
Melody Watson '89-'94
John Davies, PE teacher and Housemaster '62-'65
Antonette Kong '79-'90
Jermaine Donaldson '90-'92
Keisha Thomas '93-'96
Franklyn W. Cuffe '77- '82
Simone Harklet '92-'96
Karl Graham 
Lekhraj Merani  '51-'57
Ian and Pat Iisaacs, taught at Knox from '55-'67
Pat Boothe  '67-'69
Kevin A. Smith  '81-'89
Cylia Lowe  '85-'87
Nadrae Reid  "90-'95
Kamala Salmon  
Carl Whyte  '90-'95
Gary Williams, left Knox in '92
Naomi Smith  '95-'99
Gayle Kirby McLean, early '70's
Grace Anne Smith - Allatte  '78-'84
Ava Tomlinson  "87-'92
Nicola Pitt. left in '76 
Jamie Dennis, left Knox in '94

SPOTLIGHT ON GERRY GERMAN:

Thanks to Knox past student Edward (Eddie) Taylor, we just established a link with former member of staff at Knox, the respected and ever popular Raymond (Gerry) German.

Mr. German and his wife Patsy were two of the solid teachers of the 50s and 60s who helped to make Knox the institution it is today. They came to Knox in the late 50s straight out of Bangor University, Wales.  Gerry was a history teacher, and Patsy taught French .She approached her craft with a great deal of enthusiasm and vigor, and Gerry made history come alive. Patsy later taught Spanish when there was a changeover in Jamaican high schools. They left Knox when Gerry was appointed Headmaster of Manchester High School, and when he left, he left his heart on Knox hill.

The Germans were equally enthusiastic outside the classroom. Among other things, Gerry stared in Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Patience” under the direction of then Knox music teacher, Miss Betty Vass.

The following is a quote from the Daily Gleaner of May 29, 1958 previewing the performance:

“…Raymond German is again the leading tenor and Roy Schlobohm was so amusing as the Admiral last year, will be the affected Oscar Wilde - like poet, Bunthorpe. The highbrow hero Grosvenor will be played by George Scott “

(Roy Schlobohm was the Chaplain at Knox and George Scott former  Principal- Vice Principal at the time.)dc

 Gerry German also appeared in “The Mikado”.

The following ad appeared in the Daily Gleaner of  June 26 , 1961

KNOX COLLEGE

will present:

THE MIKADO

by Gilbert and Sullivan

Starring—

Raymond German, Barbara Buckley, Mary Cairns,

George Scott, Cynthia Lawrence, John Gardiner.

at 8 p.m on July 5th/ in the Bevo Theatre,

Christiana-

July 6th, in the Odeon Theatre,

Mandeville.

July 8th and 10th, in Excelsior

School Hall, Kingston.

Tickets 5/-, 7/6, 10/- obtainable at doors and from

Knox College, Spaldings.

Students half-price.

(Barbara Buckley - Dr . Barbara Buckley Jones (former Principal)

George Scott ( former Principal)

Also in the Daily Gleaner 1961 : 

“… Knox College which has already established a repertoire of Gilbert and Sullivan’s successes is producing the “Mikado” in Christiana and Mandeville and in Kingston, at Excelsior School Hall tomorrow and Monday at 8:00 pm. Raymond German, an unusually pure lyric tenor, has the romantic lead in the role of Nanki Poo, Barbara Buckley, Jamaica’s netball captain is transformed in the ferocious Katisha.

George Scott at Pooh- Bah not only sings surprisingly well, but is the ultimate in pomposity that characterizes Pooh- Bah. The three little maids from school (Mary Cairns, Cynthia Lawrence, Sandra Dear) are as charming as ever. “

“…The whole, supported really well by the chorus and costumes, promises to provide splendid entertainment.

Even though retired, the passionate educator, the teacher and the mentor in Gerry German will not stop. He is as articulate and as sincere as ever – visit his website:

http://www.compowernet.org

Thanks !

Submitted by Douglas D. Clarke December 12th, 2007

KAPS - NY

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SPOTLIGHT ON PETER GRAHAM:
The scholar –athlete with beginnings at Knox College

AS APPEARED IN THE DAILY GLEANER, SEPTEMBER 06 , 1969

 Mr. Peter E Graham 21. son of Mr. and Mrs. Bertie L. Graham of Christiana Manchester and New York, recently completed his studies at Brooklyn College of the City University of  New York, where he majored in Chemistry Mr. Graham is a former student of Knox College from which he graduated in 1965. While  at Brooklyn College Mr. Graham was a member of the Chemistry Society the Bio- Med Association and was captain of the soccer team, from which he was named to the All New York State Team He also was selected to appear in the 1969 edition of Outstanding College Athletes of America .

Mr. Graham received a scholarship to study towards his M D degrees at Down-state Medical Centre of the State University

New York He plans to return to Jamaica for practice after he completes his medical course

 

 (Dr. Peter Graham is a respected Consultant Oncologist. He still maintains a keen interest in Knox, and is an effective and positive mentor, and above all- a great source of inspiration. His faith has been grounded in God, and his sense of family has never wavered. dc)

Submitted by Douglas Clarke, December 27th, 2007

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SPOTLIGHT ON PATRICIA RICHARDS:

Hi,

I had the pleasure of spending 12 years at school at Knox - Junior and High School. I grew up with Myrna Roberts, Gywn Jones, Michelle Lowe, Carl Graham and many other. I had Mrs. Swaby and Mrs. Bent as my first teachers. These years were the best years of my life.

I fondly remember the Dr & Mrs. Davidson and the many stories they told of the early days of Knox. As a adult I can now fully appreciate their vision and dedication to have completed such a massive undertaking.

I will always be gratefull to have had the learning experiences I had at Knox.

Sincerely,

Patricia Richards, Hollywood FL
patricianeunie@spherion.com

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SPORLIGHT ON CHARMAINE GENTLES:

Hi, my name is Charmaine Gentles. I went to Knox from 1979 -1984. My homeroom teacher was Mrs. McNamee. During my tenure at Knox I was an active member of track and field, representing Murray House in 400m and 800m race.

After Knox, I migrated to the USA, where I persued a degree in Nursing at Adelphi University. In May 2004 I earned a degree in MSN as an Adult Nurse Practitioner.

Many thanks to my former teachers and principal Mrs.Barbara Jones because Knox College provided me with the foundation for my achievement.

Thanking You,

Charmaine

September 22nd, 2004


SPOTLIGHT ON KAIRY WALKER ('87-'92)

Meet Kairy Walker, Knox Alumnus , Computer network Specialist

Kairy Walker attended Knox College from 1987 to 1992. He was a boarder at Rothnie hostel, and served as President of the Boarder's Council from 1991- 1992. In this position, he worked to make life on campus real and a home away from home. From those early days, he was a leader among leaders. He performed in and produced a number of skits and supervised prep after school and on weekends. Along with Ryan Lindo, Richard Nembhard and Devon Miller, he worked on decoration and the music committees- laying the foundation for his love of music.

Kairy was in Grant house and played percussion when Grant won the best cheering squad. This is something he still remembers and he recalls with pride – how everyone worked hard to make Grant house proud. He is also a deeply spiritual young man and served on the worship committee when he was in the 10th grade.

After leaving Knox, Kairy Walker attended the Miami Dade Community College where he graduated with an Associate in Arts Honors degree. He then enrolled at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy , NY where he graduated with a BS in Mechanical Studies, Science and Technology Studies.

Kairy is the recipient of several honors and awards which includes the Phi Theta Kappa Award, the Distinguished Garnett D. Baltimore Award, Rensselaer Engineering & Science Medal Award and he made the National Dean's List while a student at Rensselaer .

At Miami Dade Community College, he made the Dean's List, received the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award, and he received the Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Departmental Award and the Computer Science Association Officers' Appreciation Award to name a few.

It is not all work for this Knox alum. His leadership and involvement in social and cultural affairs continued even as he was achieving success in academia. Kairy was the founding secretary of the MDCC North Soccer Club and he was Vice President of Mu Epsilon Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa fraternity. He was also (among other things) Government Relations Director of the Student Government Association

Kairy had the distinction of being the half-time torch bearer at Superbowl XXIX.

In addition to all this, he finds time to be involved and to volunteer at his church. He has been a Leadership Team member and Lifeguard at Warren Willis United Methodist Camp in Leesburg , Florida . He is a member of the Fulford United Methodist Church in North Miami Beach , Florida .

He creates and maintains websites for various organizations including his church, environmental groups and for organizations against drugs.

Kairy Walker in the true spirit of KNOX and this is what he says about his experience on the citadel built on rocks:

“Knox is the foundation on which most of my life has been built. Responsibility, teamwork, service to community, leadership, humility, respect, morality and spirituality are all a part of the lasting impact those 5 years had on my life.  The people I got to know during this time is what makes it truly remarkable .”

Submitted: Douglas Clarke (PR Officer KAPS-NY), February 20th, 2004

Blossom Saunders, President

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PROFILE – Jacqui Dear  ('54-'65)

PROFILE - Jacqui Dear ('54-'65)
I spent 11 years at Knox (1954-1965), starting out in Prep School, and I now look back at those most formative years, as being some of the best of my life. Among the many teachers who influenced me, I remember most clearly George Scott, Barbara & Leo Jones, Coleridge Barnett, Pam Roth, Roy Schlobohm, Margaret Binning and of course, the Davidsons and the Bents. After working in Kingston for some years, I left Jamaica at the age of 23 and went to Chicago, USA to work with the Jamaica Tourist Board. An exceptionally interesting job where I had the opportunity to promote Jamaica's tourist industry to American travel agents in the most positive way and where I was able to travel throughout the USA selling our industry and becoming familiar with the culture and sites of America. Through marriage, I became quite integrated into the average American family life. In Chicago I moved on and worked in the sales and marketing areas for some major hotels and then with the Chicago Convention and Visitors Bureau. This experience allowed me to travel internationally, coordinating trade missions and representing the city of Chicago in the Scandinavian countries, central Europe and New Zealand. My background at Knox, where I had had the opportunity to have so many friends from other countries, was also a factor which made it easy for me to relate to people of other nationalities.

In 1987 and after a change in marital status, I moved to Germany where the greatest challenge was to learn the language in these older years. (Spanish under Barbara Jones was, in retrospect, much easier). Having somehow managed to overcome that hurdle, I worked for Sony International Europe. Due to a joint venture with Ericsson, I moved over to Sony Ericsson which is responsible for mobile telecommunications. Such a global company offers another totally different opportunity to learn about Asian and Swedish cultures, visit these countries and have daily contact with many different European colleagues. My relationship to German family life and living within a third culture has proven to be an invaluable experience. The added dimension of a keen interest in world affairs, the state of the environment and the status of animals (both domestic and in the wild) must be stemming from the open-minded education of my early years. My participation in the Knox Anniversary celebration in 1997 was a highlight of my life - I will surely try not to miss the next one!

Submitted February 23rd, 2004


SPOTLIGHT ON KEVIN ROBERTS

When your past experiences positively influences your life and you can look back and say that it was great doing something, it makes your heart marvel and gives you a feeling of great self-worth.

I attended Knox High school during the period 1989 and 1994. At first I thought I was placed at Knox either by mistake as I did not select the school on my common entrance examination preliminary form. Having the experiences there now, has changed my thoughts and now I know that I was placed at Knox by someone greater than I am.

I was Students' Council president and Prefect in 1993-1994, and was an active member of the debate club, Spanish club and quiz team, and a founding member of the Music Club (I hope it is still active).

I remember my days at Knox and will always cherish them dearly. We had great teachers; remembering Mr. Sinclair, Mr. Ashley, Mrs. Lewis, Miss White, Mr. Bowen, Mr. Leslie, Mr. Powell, Mrs. Brown, Mrs. Malcolm (Jones) and for us IT students, you would remember Mr. Dutton and many others.   I remember great friends like Stephanie Forbes, Shereen Rose, Jerome Griffiths, Steven Lewis, Merrick Brown, Thessica Brooks, Nadia Hendricks, Maliek Dwyer, Deborah Miekle, Joanne Sherwood, Latoya Green and I could go on forever.

I strongly believe that it was through the dedication of the teachers at Knox, that I decided that I would pursue studies in education and contribute as much or even more to it than I have received. I look up to my teachers because they have significantly helped to bring me to where I am today.

After leaving Knox in 1994, I attended the Church Teachers' College in Mandeville where I pursued the Diploma in Teaching majoring Mathematics and Computer Studies. I taught Information Technology and Computer Science at the Ordinary and Advanced Levels at the deCarteret College for 6 years post College. Between 1998 and 2001, I pursued my Bachelor's Degree in Computing partly by Distance Education and in August I left Jamaica to take up a teaching position in the Cayman Islands. In addition to teaching Information Technology, I am now teaching Mathematics at all grade levels at a junior/senior high school.

The influence my schooling at Knox had on me keeps pushing me further and further into education and I am now enrolled in a Masters of Adult Learning and Distance Education degree with the University of Phoenix.

I have been married for 4 years now and have been blessed with a 1-year-old boy.

I salute Knox and do wish for the school, many more years of solid educational achievements. Without a solid foundation, the house we build is easily susceptible to a great fall. Thanks Knox for that solid foundation.

K. A. Roberts
Submitted on January 12th, 2004

 SPOTLIGHT ON CAROL MUSCHETTE-KIRK

One woman - many missions
By Roland Brammer,
contributor

New York:

Jamaicans are known all over the world as trend-setters and are always creating some historical firsts. Picture this - a Jamaican working in an international ballet school as the dean, a ballet school with world-renowned Russian ballet stars and prima donnas as teachers; a school comprised of many international students from Canada, Europe, Japan, Korea, Mexico and Turkey, about 90 per cent white.

Carol Muschette-Kirk broke the mould when she joined the Kirov Academy of Ballet as Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs on July 1, 2000 and two weeks later became interim Dean of the school.

This year, the school was conferred with the prestigious title of Outstanding School for 2002 by the Youth America Grand Prix Board.

Mrs. Muschette-Kirk said that many of the graduates are with world-renowned ballet companies, such as the Kirov Ballet in St. Petersburg, the Royal Ballet in London, the American Ballet Theater in New York and the Washington Ballet in Washington, DC.

Life at the Kirov

The only dancing Mrs. Muschette-Kirk knows is what she did (creative) with Sabrina Williams and Gabrielle Harban (of NDTC fame) from the Knox College connection and that was not Russian ballet and certainly not the classical vaganova technique (court ballet) that the Kirov is known for. To hear her tell how she landed the job is truly amazing.

The story goes something like this.

Mrs. Muschette-Kirk was looking for a job in the education section of the newspaper and read where this 'KAB' wanted an assistant dean, she answered the advertisement, was called and told to report for an interview.

When she arrived, it turned out to be the Kirov Academy of Ballet.

"The building was so beautiful and the place felt so peaceful that I fell in love with the school," said Mrs. Muschette-Kirk.

Luckily for her they offered her the position. At the Kirov Academy she supervises the academic faculty, planning the annual academic curriculum, hiring staff, creating good relationships with parents, keeping track of the students' academic programme, assisting with SAT and college preparatory programmes. "I truly enjoy it," she said.

She is not foreign to the field of academia or living in that environment, having been raised in a home of parents who were strict school administrators.

She is the daughter of Kathleen Bryan Muschette and the late Clinton Muschette, renowned educators and luminaries in the arts in Manchester. Mrs. Muschette-Kirk's father was a gifted tenor, choral director, organist, composer, college instructor, and piano teacher of his private studio. He was former chairman of the Manchester Cultural Committee which he served for many years.

"I can't forget the dramatic skits written by my mother for school and the dramatic roles played by both parents in church plays and musicals, such as 'Pirates of Penzance' she said.

Mrs. Muschette-Kirk also recalled the Christmas cantatas and the Sunday evening concerts at which her father performed for free at churches throughout the entire island. In the over 40 years of his musical career, he must have missed only 50 Sunday evening concerts.

"It was a passion, absolutely incredible," she said. Mrs. Muschette-Kirk has arranged two of her father's many musical compositions into choral orchestral pieces depicting the life of Marcus Garvey. "Even today, I am in awe of my mother's literary brilliance, her personal letters are mini essays on abstract thought and life, her oral presentations are a work of art", she states.

Mrs. Muschette-Kirk is the first and only recipient of the Jamaica Anglican Church scholarship to Bishop's High School in Mandeville where she received several music awards. She attended Knox College for her advanced high school programme then received an Education diploma in Junior Secondary Education from the Shortwood Teachers' College.

She graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A. degree in Journalism, Mass Communication and Music. She will complete her M.S. degree from Harvard Law School, John's Hopkins University and Faith Bible University this year.

Mrs. Muschette-Kirk has taught at all educational levels, in public and private school systems at the elementary and high school levels in the District of Columbia and Montgomery County in Maryland. She interned at Pembroke Hall Secondary in Jamaica during her Shortwood College years and also at Calabar High for a year, then returned to Knox College to teach.

In September 1977, with only US$50 that was allowed at the time, she left Knox College to the United States to study music, radio and television production at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. She studied classical music and jazz arranging and composition with jazz greats Kenny Barron and Larry Ridley.

"I survived off scholarships from Rutgers, I was the recipient of several foreign students' scholarships," she said.

A former researcher and assistant to Associate Professor Ivan VanSertima in the Department of African Studies at Rutgers University, Mrs. Muschette-Kirk also performed administrative duties in the Office of the Dean of Students, supervising over 1,000 undergraduate women in residence and advisor to several student organisations for four years. She managed the whole gamut of residence life as she so aptly put it, "managing three large dorms with over a dozen resident assistants responsible to me," she said. She was in charge of security and the psychological and health management of students in residence.

Creating more 'firsts'

Mrs. Muschette-Kirk described working as community relations officer at the Jamaican Embassy and information attache at the Consulate General as periods in her life that were very fulfilling.

"I enjoyed reaching out to the Jamaican communities throughout the U.S. and enjoyed even more the response from these communities," she said.

In 1997, she received an award from the National Association of Jamaican and Supportive Organisations (NAJASO) for her contributions to the community.

Life was not always easy for Mrs. Muschette-Kirk as she has held many jobs "to put bread on the table and pay the mortgage, I had a job at Jordan Kitts Music in Maryland where I sold Steinway and Bosendorfer grand concert pianos, huge computerised organs, electronic keyboards and equipment related to these instruments, I not only had to sell them but play them as well in order to bring a crowd of mall shoppers into the store," said the accomplished musician, church organist and piano player.

Mrs. Muschette-Kirk is now a producer and host of her own talk show Does It Matter on WIAV TV, Channel 58 in Washington, D.C. Except for Rutgers University, this is her first time in television production and finds it hectic and energising. She is also the founder and president of the Caribbean American Women's Organisation (CAWO).
Submitted by Douglas Clarke, September, 2002



                                                                                         SPOTLIGHT ON PATRIECE CAMPBELL

    Well I graduated from Knox College in June 1999, from 11k Layne. I went to the Community College for a year before leaving for the United States to continue my studies. I went to Olivet College in Michigan and I am currently at the University of Michigan where I study communications and international studies. For Fall 2002 I was given the chancellors scholarship for Community Service, and also an award for University contribution. I became the president of the University's International Student Organization. 
Submitted, September 2002.

                                                                                            SPOTLIGHT ON INGRID SALMON

    Hi my name is Ingrid Salmon I attended Knox from 1992-1997.  I then went on to Excelsior Community College in Kingston for a year, I  eventually left for
the United Kingdom.  I did two years in Sixth form doing my access  to nursing. I then went on to Coventry university were I am currently perusing my
Nursing Degree. I am in my second year so I will be Qualified in February 2004. 
    My best school years at Knox was meeting a lot of friends who I  still correspond with people like Sherol Saunchez we grew up together, her brother Bevon
Saunchez. Kacia Watson, Keisha Hill, Lori-ann Ebanks, Simone Harket, Sally Bernard, Annwyn Williams, Dubzy, Daxie,Ricardo Carter, and many more. I keep in
contact with most of the gang. People we "need" to have a reunion soon. Knox is a good school I keep all  my memories dearly.  I had some hard times but it all paid off. Mrs. Baker were so hard but see I made it and that made a tough person today.  Thank You. If anyone wants to link up my email address is
ingrid_salmon@hotmail.com  and calvenis@yahoo.co.uk if u haven't already got it.

Submitted by Ingrid Salmon, August 7th, 2002,
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Life is precious enjoy it to the fullest.


SPOTLIGHT ON "SHABBA" SHANE WILLIAMS

Hi,

I am "Shabba" Shane Williams. I attended Knox Junior and High Schools from 1989 to 1994. I then transferred to St. Jago my fourth year at Knox High. I have much love for Knox and all my fellow Knoxites- Bruce, Kirk, Pepsi, Stenght, Tamiko, Grilly, and the list gets longer. Anyway, Knox was truly a melting pot for learning both inside and out of the classroom.
 Currently I have just completed an AA in Grand Cayman and hope to get into UWI this fall... keep your fingers crossed for me!
 

Anyone that wants to contact me can hit me up at willy_jm@yahoo.com .


SPOTLIGHT ON CICILYN BALFOUR

HI, 
I'M CICILYN BALFOUR. I ATTENDED KNOX FROM 1985 TO 1991. I THEN ATTENDED KNOX COMMUNITY COLLEGE FOR A YEAR AND THEN TAUGHT AT CHRISTIANA LEASED PRIMARY SCHOOL FOR SIX YEARS.  I THEN WENT ON TO WORK AT SUPER PLUS FOOD STORES CHRISTIANA AS SUPERVISOR. I AM CURRENTLY IN NEW JERSEY AND TRYING TO GET IN TOUCH WITH ALL MY FELLOW KNOXITES. HIT ME AT jacurves4u@aol.com
April 23rd, 2002                                                                                             


SPOTLIGHT ON ARTIA SCARLETT

Hey Everybody,
 I am Artia Scarlett. I attended both Knox High School ('90-'95) and Community College ('95-'98), where I did studies at the Advanced Level.
I was Head Girl Prefect '94-'95, Vice-President of UNESCO Club, member of the Rangers' Club and was a cheerleader for the danger house, Webster. I was the  valedictorian for the graduating class of 1995 and received the Highest Award of Excellence along with Audrey Thompson and Dionne Hamilton.
I took a year off from studying and was employed to Bank of Nova Scotia in Lucea, Hanover (where I was born). I am currently in my final year at the University of the West Indies' campus in the Bahamas, pursuing my Bsc in  Hotel Management.
I will always remember my time at Knox because it has been a contributor to my personal development and it has allowed to meet some very good  people. Hope to hear from some old friends. My email address is newspaper79@hotmail.com. Long live all Knoxites!!!!!!!! 
 

Submitted December 2001


SPOTLIGHT ON MYERS ERROL (A friend to Knox during 1970):

I DID NOT ATTENDED  KNOX COLLEGE , BUT WAS  CLOSELY ATTACHED TO THIS FINE  INSTITUTION IN 1970 . WHEN KNOX  HOSTED A SIX WEEK INTER NATIONAL CAMP ; WHERE SOME 150 STUDENTS FROM DIFFERENT COUNTRIES  AROUND THE GLOBE  INCLUDING KNOX COLLEGE,  CAME TOGETHER AND JUST RAP ; HAVE  AND SHARE CULTURALLY THEIR LIFE EXPERIENCE TO PUT IT MILDLY. AT THAT TIME I WAS  A SENIOR ATTENDING HOLMWOOD TECH. HIGH WHEN FOUR OF US WERE INVITED TO ATTEND . DURING THAT SIX WEEKS ; WE BUILT A PRE - K SCHOOL IN SPAULDING , WE TOURED JAMAICA ON THE WEEK ENDS ; WE HAD DINNER IN SELECTED HOMES IN CHRISTIANA , SPAULDING AT SPECIAL GUEST HOMES ; AT NIGHTS WE HAD RAP SESSIONSAND SOME TIMES PARTIES ;  THE JAMAICAN INDEPENDENT WEEK END WE WENT TO KINGSTON AND STAYED IN SELECTED  HOMES THAT PLAYED HOST TO US AND ENJOYED THE  FESTIVAL AND INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATION . TO MAKE THIS SHORT WHEN ALL WAS DONE WE CRIED WHEN IT WAS TIME TO DEPART . KNOX HAD PLAYED A BIG PART IN BEING AN AMBASSADOR FOR JAMAICA . FOR THIS  I AM PROUD . IM AM INTERESTED IN GETTING IN TOUCH WITH THAT GROUP. ESPECIALLY "PEST' I DO NOT REMEMBER HIS REAL NAME AND MANY OTHERS AND ALSO  '' JULIE " & DONNAVAN SENIOR . THANKS KNOX. 

 
E - MAIL      DJMEME.NY@NETZERO.NET

Myers Errol
Submitted Dec., 2001


SPOTLIGHT ON GERRON JOHNSON


Hi my name is GERRON JOHNSON. I attended Knox from 1995 through 2000. I am presently in Brooklyn, New York. I am presently attending a Cunny College now. BIG UP ALL 11H MASSIVE.
November 5th, 2001


SPOTLIGHT ON LUDLOW BALL

Hello Everyone,

I will always remember my time at Knox High School and Knox Community College. The high academic standards established by Knox had and is still having a positive impact on my life. The importance of setting priorities and striving to do the best I can started with my parents and received SIGNIFICANT encouragement from all the teachers at Knox, especially Mrs. Barbara Jones and Mrs. Valda Bailey Walker.  I attribute my current and future successes to my parents influence and the support and quality teaching I received at KCHS and KCC.  Knox holds a special place in my heart and I will always remember the empowering experience of my years at KCHS AND KCC.  I am sure my fellow alumni share the same sentiments so let's pledge as a group to help keep the beacon (Knox) of top of the hill shining brightly forever.

It appears that our alma mater is experiencing significant financial problems, and is at risk of seeing its role and status in the education community significantly reduced .  Knox has played a major role in our lives and started many of us on the path to success, so lets band together and support current fund raising efforts to restore the physical and academic vibrancy of all three campuses.  Fundraising information can be found in the Knox Alumni website. Look under "Newsflash", then "General Information" and then "The Latest Knox Related Information".
Peace and wishes for continued success to old classmates and friends such as Joan Davidson, Glenworth Myles, Joan Lawrence, Debayo Adedipe, Neil Cuff, Gregory McGann, Barrington Payne and all my classmates during my high school
years.  Special wishes to my former 6th form classmates - we were a small and cohesive bunch.  It would be great to hear from you all.  Feel free to e-mail me at the address below.

Ludlow Ball, MBA, MHA
ludlowball@prodigy.net
October 28th, '01



SPOTLIGHT ON GEOFF DREVER   (''75-'77)

I taught PE at Knox from Sept 1975 to July 1977.( Jon Jones 400m National Champ) I used to love going to the champs. Is the pool still there? Has the school grown much?

I'm now Assistant Headteacher at a large school in Leeds. www.rhsleeds.demon.uk and have been shamed into finding out some up-to-date news on Knox because I've got a young teacher living with me who has just joined our school from Clarendon Jamaica. Yes English schools really are searching the world for good teachers.
I used to play rugby for Mandeville and also represented Jamaica. Is rugby still being played on the Island?
I looked through some of the names in the Alumni but age has taken it's toll and my memories although very good of my time at Knox do not include too many ex students names.
Hope all is well with the school
Best wishes to any one who remembers me but to the school in particular

Geoff Drever gadrever@portables2.ngfl.gov.uk


SPOTLIGHT ON MICHAEL JONES ('78)

Hi I am Michael Jones (aka Ikun). I attended Knox High from 1973-1978 and Knox CC from 1979-1980.  I am a Knox man from start to finish. The experience was of tremendous benefit to me. My perspectives on many things were significantly shaped by it, and the friends represent invaluable and lifelong connections. The mentoring benefit of interaction with older students cannot be overstated.  Many thanks to Mrs. Jones (spankings and all), Mrs. Stills, Mrs. Hanson, Mr. Barnett, Bull J, Mrs. Roberts, Mr. Lawson, Mr. Murray,  Charmaine Duncan etc.  Leary Mullings was my early "confederate"  in grade 7, and we influenced each other up to grade 12. Jon Jones (one of the four Jones in the class), Glen Laville and Mico McCarthy were also valuable friends and motivators . While at Knox, I served as Forbes Dennis House captain, KCC Sudents Council President, and 1980 Schools Challenge team captain. I also represented the school in the 4X100 relay, and was the 1980 awardee of the Lewis Davidson award for excellence. All these experiences have contributed in no small way to my development.

 
I left Knox CC in 1980, and taught O-level Physics for the better part of 1 year at Holmwood. I then worked at BNS for just over a year, then resigned to study. I attended CAST to pursue banking (complete switch) , completed an Associateship with the London Institute of  Bankers, (AIB) then went on to qualify as a Chartered Secretary (ACIS) .  I later completed an MBA in finance with the University of  Wales.   (In Wales, I saw where Mrs. Jones got these strange names for her sons ).  I currently work with Scotiabank Jamaica as Asst. General  Manager for Operations. 
 
I am married to Joan Davis, a Knox graduate from the grade 11 class of 1980.
 
Class of 78, I would like to hear from you.

Michael Jones
(August, 2001)


SPOTLIGHT ON GARTH HAMILTON:

Knoxites webwide!  I am Garth Hamilton. I attended Knox 1979 -1984 and my form teacher for the five years was Miss L. Golding. Many teachers have had a real positive impact on my life and even today I am living by the ideals and standards that were imparted by these God blessed people. They include Mrs. B Jones, Mrs. Able my Spanish teacher (I don't recall a word of Spanish) Mrs. McNamee my English teacher, Mrs. Elliott my music teacher (if she could only hear me croaking now) and Mrs. Williams my beautiful biology teacher. I would love to hear from anyone who was in 7 to 11 Golding. One Luv.
July, 2001




SPOTLIGHT ON GAVIN BAILEY

My Name is Gavin Bailey .....I am a past Student of Knox College and Knox Community College....I am presently a Reservations Agent at Air Jamaica in Montego Bay Jamaica.

I was the Head Boy of Knox College 1997-1998 and also the Students' Council President of Knox Community College 1999-2000. I graduated from Knox College 1998 and Knox Com. College 2000.
My email address is gavinbailey19@cwjamaica.com
Submitted, May 2001

SPOTLIGHT ON KEVIN SPEARE  ('85-'89)

My name is Kevin Speare a.k.a ELF. I attended Knox from 85' to 89'. I left Knox to York Castle  for a year, then Left to Miami, Florida. I am currently in the Navy as an Aircraft System Administrator.  I would like to be put on the list for anyone who would like to contact me. My e-mail address is "eldiablososa@yahoo.com" or eldiablososa@aol.com. I also would like to find some people like Carlene and Veronica Hall, Allison Reeri, Stephan Silvester and Sheldon, Andre Toyloy. Mostly borders from 85' to 90'. I would love to say thanks to Mrs. Swaby, Mrs. Chamberlin for keeping me in check Mrs. Abel, my
Spanish teacher Miss Lewis and Mrs. Bernard my 6th grade teacher (won't forget her ruler ouch!).
Submitted April '01


SPOTLIGHT ON TRAVIA STEWART  ('88-'93)

Hi! My name is Travia Stewart and I attended and boarded at Knox from 1988-1993. My sister Tamikco (Pepsi) and brother Jermaine (Shorty) also attended.
My entire experience at Knox has helped to shape my life, moving from a quiet, unassuming, shy girl to a fiercely independent extrovert. I had a lot of fun at Knox especially in my final year with friends like Patrice, Delena, Sanchia, Damion, Cadine, Chevanese, Tina, Sachia, Nikki, just to name a few. Miss Cousins (now Stewart) sparked my interest in Spanish in 1st
form and Mrs. Graham further helped me to get a 1 (yay!!) You'd think that now I would be doing something with spanish, n-e-way, I'm still young. Mrs. Jones, Mrs. Abel, Addy, Miss Crawford, Mrs. Salmon, Doc, Mrs. Ferron, Mr. Leslie (who fought with me thru Math) all helped me significantly to become a better person and to have strong moral principles. I'm currently pursuing qualifications in Human Resource Management and working with a very dynamic firm in Customer Care (history making company that challenged C & W's monopoly in Jamaica). I'm in touch with a few friends from that era but would love to get in touch with others. My e-mail is posted on the listing.
I'd just love to say a special thought for Curt who passed away last year, I still can't believe it and it's been a year already. Such a  lovely, kind person, a real deep loss. Curt, mi bredren, I'll see you when I get there!
Much luv for everyone! Peace!
Submitted April, 2001


SPOTLIGHT ON NEKISHA BALFOUR ('94-'99)

Hi! My name is Nekisha Balfour and I attended Knox from 1994-1999.  Some of my most memorable experiences took place at Knox and I am thankful to all the teachers who were there for us.  I am attending college in NJ, majoring in
Psychology and if there are any fellow Knoxites out there who want to contact me, my e-mail address is nekishab@yahoo.com
Submitted April 22, 2001

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                                                              SPOTLIGHT ON SUSAN JACOBS ('61)


My name is Susan Jacobs-Williams. I attended Knox as a boarder for 10 years, so it played a big part in my
life! I left Knox at the end of 1961. My  3 brothers, Ian, Tony & Peter, and my sister Heather also went to Knox. We all live in Perth, Western Australia now. My e-mail address is <susan@longtable.org>.
Submitted, March 2001

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SPOTLIGHT ON CAROL SIMPSON  ('77-'85)

Hello fellow Knoxites,Just found your web page and it was a pleasant surprise. I attended Knox from 1977-85, from high through to com.c., doing O and A'levels. I was president of the student council at com.c. I worked in tourism for a while and then left for London where I graduated with honours in law, trained and now practice as a barrister. The discipline at Knox and the dedication of all the staff has been the foundation of all that I have achieved. I must say a special thanks to Mrs. Baker and Mrs. Jones for all their time and effort. Special love and best wishes to Myrna Roberts, Sharon Powell, Veda Hamilton and Pamella Jones who were good friends for a long time. Would love to hear from anyone who share the memories. 
My e-mail address is <monique2@valentine24.fsnet.co.uk>.

Submitted Jan 23rd, 2001

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SPOTLIGHT ON ANNETTE RATTIGAN (AUGUSTIN)  ('80-'86)

Greetings to all Knoxites especially those who attended school during 1980- 1986.
This Annette Rattigan (Augustin) from Spaldings now living in St. Lucia.
 All I have are beautiful memories of campus and the wonderful and dedicated teachers who nurtured my growth.  The crazy friends who got me in and out of trouble everyday:-)!  The orange trees that Mr. Astley Kirby and his crew carefully protected until reaping time.  Sports day traditionally every valentines day, of course the ever valiant Forbes Dennis massive...big up. There was plenty exercise climbing the forty plus steps (did you ever count them?) to the auditorium for Monday morning devotion and subsequent home-room and quadrangle worship during the rest of the week.  Buying the forbidden pineapple on a Friday morning knowing fully well that the lovable "Jonsey" was watching from her window.  Teachers like Mrs. Baker, Mrs Abel, Mr. Gouldbourne, Mrs. McNamee, Ms. Golding, Mr. Powell, Mrs. Chaimberlain, Mr. Lawson, Mr. Wesney and all the others who were not really in the class room but played a great part (Mrs. Stills, rest in peace and Mrs. Swaby).
 
All of this helped to shape the individual I am today and the pride I feel to have been a part of this wonderful school.  After leaving high school I spent a year Knox Com Col after which I attended CAST for four years, where I earned first a diploma (hons) in physical planning and then a B. Sc.(hons) in physical planning and environmental resource development.  I migrated to St. Lucia in 1994 and have been back to Ja.a few times, but never got the opportunity to visit campus...that I plan to do this year, Gods willing.
 
I miss communicating with people like Sharon Hamilton (her dad was the principal at Holmwood), Cherylle Brown (she migrated to the US after graduation).  I have been able to locate a few friends through www.ackee.com, a great site for locating friends etc.
 
To ORVILLE DAVIS who passed away, you were a great friend, and even though we were all young, you showed us the way to Christ.  I know I will always miss you.
 
Later
Ratty
KNOX...thanks for the memories
Submitted January 20th, 2001

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SPOTLIGHT ON MICHELLE THOMAS  ('81-'86)


MY NAME IS MICHELLE THOMAS, I ATTENDED KNOX COLLEGE FROM 1981-86, ( MY SISTER, NADINE ALSO ATTENDEE FROM 1987- 1989 ) THEN ATTENDED CHURCH TEACHERS COLLEGE IN MANDEVILLE. AFTER COMPLETING ON YEAR I MIGRATED TO FLORIDA. WHILE IN FLORIDA I ATTENDED NORTH TECHNICAL EDUCATION CENTER, WHERE I EARNED A LICENSE AS A PRACTICAL NURSE. DECEMBER 2000 I GRADUATED FROM PALM BEACH COMMUNITY COLLEGE WITH AN ASSOCIATES OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN NURSING, AFTER WHICH I SAT THE FLORIDA STATE BOARD OF NURSING EXAM AND EARNED A LICENSE AS A REGISTERED NURSE. I HOPE TO WORK IN ONE OF THE MAJOR HOSPITALS MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN OTHER PEOPLES LIVES.
WHILE ATTENDING KNOX I WAS CLASS MONITOR, PREFECT AND A MEMBER OF THE GIRLS GUIDE ASSOCIATION. MR. BLAIR, MRS.  MCNAMEE AND MRS. BAKER WERE A FEW OF MY ROLE MODELS AND MENTORS. I ENJOYED MY YEARS AT THIS HIGH SCHOOL AND OFTEN CONTRIBUTE MY SUCCESS TO THE DISCIPLINE WE WERE TAUGHT AND THE RESPONSIBILITIES WE HAD TO LIVE UP TO.
THANKS FOR THE OPPORTUNITIES I WAS AFFORDED.
LOTS OF LOVE.  

Latest update on Michelle Thomas:

I am now a registered nurse (graduated dec 2000), woking in hospice and palliative care nursing and I am certified in this area of nursing as of April 2006 (my title now is RNCHPN ) and most recently (May 2006) voted nurse of the year by the palm beach county chapter of the National Black Nurses' Association for outstanding contribution to the chapter... thanks,  Michelle Thomas (hope to see you guys in  jamaica in 2007)

Jan 2nd, 2001, New update May 28th, 2006
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SPOTLIGHT ON MELODY WATSON   

Hello Ms. I. White and thanks for your continued encouragement. I remember my days at Knox  very well and I will not forget them. I would also like to say hello to Ms. Baker. I have kept in contact with most of my friends from Knox and we reminiscent about our days on the Grant house cheering team.
 
I just earned my Master's degree in Labor and Employment Relations from Rutgers University in New Jersey. I also earned my Bachelor's degree in history from Rutgers a year and a half ago. Knox College  sparked my early interest in history and after earning an A.A. in Business Administration and deciding that I was not really interested in that field, I changed to a history major. I remember the days when Ms. White told me to follow my heart and that's what I have done all these years.

I am presently working for a law firm and it has been good so far and I look forward to law school. For now it's bye from Melody in New Jersey. Stephanie Forbes (London), Desarie Manor (Graveny) (USA) and Tonya Walker (Canada) also send hello.

Melody Watson
Dec 28th, 2000

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SPOTLIGHT ON JOHN DAVIES  ('62-'65 & '75)

I was in charge of P.E. and Games and, with my wife Margaret who helped run the San, also ran junior (1 year) and senior (2 years) boarding houses, from 1962 - 65.  My daughter, Terri (now a vice-president of Columbia Pictures and living in L.A.), was born at Knox and we returned there, briefly in 1975.  Now divorced and re-married to Fran (for 20 years) I'm planning to re-visit Knox at the end of next year, after a 26 year absence.  I can't wait!

I much hope to meet up with some who were at Knox and might remember me, so that, over a glass or 2 of something, I can relive old memories which are all good and happy ones.  I recall so many pupils and staff that it would be invidious to list them - although I'm still much in touch with Leo Jones and the Schlobohms.

Memories?  So many:  the opening of the pool,  Cobla boys building the adjacent assault course, soccer success winning the Swaby Cup, captaining a combined Manchester/Clarendon v. Chelsea at Alligator Pond, sensational dancing at the Saturday hops, island and country netball champions, introducing a fitness scheme with "K"'s on tee-shirts for success with a range of tests, taking a group to Mexico, staff relay teams on sports day, inter-house rivalry.................

Perhaps someone remembers me from my Knox Days??   jhd101@hotmail.com  (England)
Submitted Dec 20th, 2000

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SPOTLIGHT ON ANTONETTE KONG-Gorman  ('79-'90)

I did the complex of schools from 1979 in prep school through to 1990 at the community college. Since Knox I started a degree at the University of the West Indies and dropped out to join the Jamaica Defense Force. I am currently a Lieutenant in the Coast Guard and married with no children. I cherish my days at Knox and spent a lot of my boarding days at the Abel's house. 

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SPOTLIGHT ON JERMAINE DONALDSON  ('90-'92)

Jermaine Donaldson...attended Knox 1990-1992
 My brothers Chrisroy and Gregory attended Knox one or two years before me.
 
I lived in Bronx, New York for four years.... 1992-1996, served 3 years in the US Army Chemical Corps... 1996-1999. I am currently a junior at the University of South Florida... 2000, and am majoring in Mechanical Engineering.
tekkin' it easy .....
e-mail.... jerrydon1@hotmail.com
 
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                                                                 SPOTLIGHT ON KEISHA THOMAS   ('93-'96)

Hi, my name is Keisha Thomas and I attended Knox 1993-96, then I migrated to Chicago in September 1996. I REALLY REALLY do miss my high school there and I can't wait to visit there again. I am presently a freshman at DePaul University,
majoring in Early Childhood Education. Just want to say hi to my past and still remember my homeroom teachers, Mrs. Louden and Mrs. Josephs. I miss you all a lot and it you ever want to contact me, my e-mail address is krazik@collegeclub.com and
my website is at www.hotyellow98.com/krazik. God bless you all as I continue to strive for excellence. 
One love.

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                                                               SPOTLIGHT ON FRANKLYN W. CUFFE  ('77-'82)

    This is Franklyn W. Cuffe, the younger brother of Neil Cuffe. I was at Knox between 1977 and 1982. While at Knox I ran track for Grant's House and represented Knox at the Central and Boys' Champs. 
    I later went to CAST which I also represented at the Intercollegiate Games, at CAST I was two time winner in the middle distance event. I was then awarded a track scholarship to New York Institute of Technology where I ran track,  and did a BS in Chemistry. It has been almost ten years since I have been working as a cosmetic/pharmaceutical chemist and gaining a lot of experience from reputable companies such as Estee Lauder Co. I shall be graduating on May 21st. with a MS degree with distinction (3.98 GPA) in Environmental Engineering. My thesis presentation was on the environmental impacts on land, air and water by the bauxite/alumina industry in Jamaica for which I got an A grade. 
    I would like to convey special thanks to Mrs. Barbara Jones, now retired principal who was very encouraging and supportive. Also thanks to Mrs. Abel, Spanish teacher, and all those who have positively impacted me.
Thanks a Million everyone.

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SPOTLIGHT ON SIMONE HARKET  ('92-'96)

Hi, My name is Simone Harket and I attended Knox from 1992-1996. I left for the United States in 1996, where I did 2 years of high school and graduated with class of 1998. I then went onto to business school to do Compucomputer business administration. My best school years was at Know where I met some wonderful people such as Kasia Watson, Sally Bernard, Annwyn Williams,
Camella Mullings, Sherol Saunchez, Maurice Bryan, Keisha Hill, and many others . The two years of high school that I did in New Jersey was just revision for some of the things I learned in Knox. I guess Knox is okay in a lot of ways. I am proud to say I am a knox student. Love you guys. Mrs. Baker if you ever read this "you were hard, but that is okay , I learned my lesson".
Thank you.

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SPOTLIGHT ON KARL O. GRAHAM

Washington DC......April 7,2000

Company Overview

Liquidation.com is the first global e-commerce marketplace for buying and selling surplus business-to-business goods. The Company operates a trusted and reliable global trading network in which thousands of buyers and sellers from 66 countries transact bulk quantity consumer merchandise, business equipment and industrial goods in 20 product categories.

Liquidation.com is headquartered in Washington, D.C. with its European operations based in Paris, France. The Company has established relationships with thousands of manufacturers, liquidators, import/export firms, discount retail chains and small and middle-market businesses.

Liquidation.com has forged strategic business alliances with more than 200 partners including Yahoo!, iLink Global, and Private Business, Inc.

Management Team

The Company's senior management team consists of a highly motivated group of professionals with significant experience in the areas of e-commerce, direct marketing, international business and corporate finance.

Our most recent appointment:-

Karl O. Graham
Executive Vice President of Customer Services and Quality Assurance

Mr. Graham serves as the Company's EVP of Customer Care and Quality Assurance and is responsible for designing and implementing the Company's customer care and quality control systems and procedures. Mr. Graham brings to the Company over ten years of experience designing, launching and managing large-scale customer care and quality assurance operations for Fortune 500 companies, including MCI International, Bell Atlantic, and Sprint. Mr. Graham is a Past Student of Knox College, in Jamaica, West Indies.


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SPOTLIGHT ON LEKHRAJ MERANI  ('51--57)

Greetings!!!

My name is Lekhraj Merani. I attended Knox College from 1951 to 1957.  I was in Forbes Dennis House.  I was born in St. Kitts.  My travels after leaving Knox took me to Barbados where I resided until 1989 when I moved to Canada.   I would be most delighted to renew old friendships and hear from any Knoxonians who attended the school during my time period and who might remember me.

My address in Canada is:  
L2.C7. Beckwith Township RR2
Carleton Place Ontario K7C 3P2 , Canada.

My telephone & fax number : (613) 253-7587 & 6132537587 respectively.
My e-mail addresses:   lekhrajmerani@accglobal.net or luckilecki@yahoo.com

Thanks,
Lekhraj


IAN AND PAT IISAACS FROM AUSTRALIA   ('55-'67)

Pat taught general science at Knox from 1960-67 and I (Ian)  taught maths & physics from 1955-67. Pat subsequently taught at Excelsior Sec. & Community College then went on to work at UWI (Mona) as a Research Fellow developing Intelligence tests for Jamaican children. She also served as a Curriculum Officer from the Cave Hill campus training primary teachers in the E. Caribbean & Belize to teach science. I taught at JC after leaving Knox then joined the Faculty of Education at Mona as a lecturer in maths ed. Whilst there I served as chairman of the CXC CURRICULUM COMM. which developed the CXC maths syllabus and exams (what a horrible man!). We left Jamaica in 1985 to work in Darwin. Pat at ST. Johns College and I at the Darwin Institute of Technology (now the Northern Territory University). Our daughter Jennifer who attended the Knox Prep School (1965-67) came with us to Darwin. She married a Jamaican (who followed her here). They have a daughter (3.5y.o.) and Jennifer is at present librarian to the armed forces in Darwin.

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PROFILE- PAT BOOTHE   ('67-'69)

I attended Knox from July 1967 to July 1969 as part of a group of students from Williamsfield/Hope Village, Manchester. I left Knox, prior to graduating, when my family emigrated to the US in October 1969. On arriving in New York, a bout of rheumatic fever -- a recurrent childhood illness in Jamaica (not before diagnosed) --caused me to be bedridden for a year. It led to open heart surgery (because of damaged heart valves) in 1971. I was sixteen years old. I managed to return to school a few months after surgery, graduating high school in 1972. I went on to college (Kingsborough Community (CUNY) and Hunter College (CUNY) where I majored in English Literature, Communications, Education and graduated in 1980 with a NYS Certification to teach High School English. (Further damage to my heart, brought surgery in 1991 to replace three valves - thanks to modern technology I am still "ticking" - yes, if you stand close enough you can hear it.) Instead of the stress of teaching in the New York school system, I opted, instead, to enter the field of Journalism and for the last 17 years, I have been affiliated with EVERYBODY'S Magazine, one of the - if not the - oldest Caribbean American publications. I am currently its Editor at Large/Production Editor responsible for putting all its editorial content together. I also freelance for the Jamaica Weekly Gleaner, NA and copy edit/proof read their and other newspapers and magazines in New York and Florida. Additionally, I am Special Projects Editor/Consultant at Caribbean Pulse Magazine, operate a public relations/editorial service business under the name PBOO WORKS and edit novels for budding writers. In 1997, I was named Journalist of the Year by the Caribbean Media Association, Inc., a media organization in New York. This year, 1998, I am being honored by Caribbean American Program for Empowerment (CAPE), a New York based not-profit -organization for my contributions to the Community by way of Journalism. I attribute all of my successes, to date, to the discipline, guidance and fertile ground Knox provided for my educational growth. Indeed, the Language and Reading labs were my favorite haunts - not to mention the excellent tutelage Knox provided by way of its English Language/Literature classes.

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      PROFILE - KEVIN SMITH  ('81-'89)

Hello My name is Kevin A. Smith. I am a former student of Knox College. I attended Knox from 1981 through to 1989, I even attended the basic school on the hill near what was then the Com-C cafeteria. I transferred to Bethesda Chevy Chase High School in Bethesda Maryland. After graduating from B.C.C in 1992 I made an attempt at college, but because of a lack of interest in the fields of study available to me I dropped out of college and started working full time. As some who knew me while I was at Knox will tell you, towards my last few years there I had fostered a love of music. It is this love that after many years much soul searching has
lead me to the decision that I have made concerning my field of study. I studied Vocal performance at Montgomery Community College in Rockville Maryland and after a year of study there I was accepted into the vocal performance program at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I have just finished my second year of the program, and I find it quite exciting. It is my dream to someday move back to Jamaica and it would be icing on the cake if I could return as an accomplished opera singer.

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                                                            PROFILE - CYLIA LOWE  ('85-'87)

I was at Knox for 2 years (85/86 & 86/87 school year)  I lived on campus in Mrs. Decosta's dorm. I was from New York , and returned after September of '87, I attended Jr. High School in the Bronx. Shortly
after I moved to Westchester County, and graduated High School (Woodlands). I attended John Jay College in Manhattan for 2 years then transferred to the Univ. of Maryland at College Park. I graduated last September '98 with a B.A. in Government & Politics minor in English. I will soon attend Law School. I wouldn't mind getting in touch with some of my old classmates. Those I remember are Sophia, the twins Racquel and Reick, the Rerries (Allison and Windsor). Natalie, Rory, Nneka, Richmond Carter and his two sisters. Anyhow email me... ;-)  I have many pictures from Knox!!!! (1987 school pictures and 'everyday' shots).
Cylia Lowe
MissCL22@aol.com

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PROFILE - NADRAE  REID  ('90-95)

Hello I am Nadrae Reid, and I am all 'Jamaican'. I attended Knox College High School from 1990 to 1995 and I was in Webster House [YAH!].  After Knox I went to the Enda Manley College for the Visual and Performing Arts, where I did two years of  Theatre Arts and Dance.  I am currently living in Brooklyn and I am majoring in  film and television at the School for Film and Television at the Three of Us Studios in Manhattan. I am working full-time at an off theatre. I am currently on the tech-crew, I do lights, sound or back-stage for plays. 

I will be transferring to Aldefi University in the fall of next year where I will do my BA in education. I plan to teach theatre history, dance and drama, and at the same time do some work in the theatre. 
I am thinking of going back to Edna Manley to teach theatre history for a year or so and then come back here to continue doing theatre work.
Well I welcome e-mail messages from past students. I love learning more about people, even if  rekindling an old friendship. My e-mail address is: <k.rhoomes@worldnet.att.net>   

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PROFILE - KAMALA SALMON - Daughter of MICHAEL and WRITA SALMON 

    Heartiest congratulations to young Kamala Salmon, daughter of Michael Salmon and his wife Writa. Kamala was the valedictorian at her schools' recent graduation exercises. She was the first in her the class, and was accepted to Yale and Harvard University respectively, based on her outstanding academic and all round performance.
    She is not just a gifted girl, but she is works extremely hard and has the constant support and encouragement of both her parents. Michael, her father, graduated from Knox College, and is a foundation member of KAPS (NY) More of this in the upcoming NY Chapter newsletter.
Contributed by:
Douglas Clarke
(PR Officer - KAPS (NY)

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PROFILE - CARL WHYTE   ('90-'95)

My name is Carl Whyte I recently graduated from the Knox Community College where I completed my Advance level studies. I attended Knox College from 1990-1995. While at Knox I aspired to becoming the Deputy head Boy of my Senior class, I was also the Captain of both the Track and Cricket team and in my fifth year I became the Captain of GRANT HOUSE. At Graduation I received the Best Male Prefect Award and the John Jones Sports award for Sport Man of the year.            
   
  I took a term of from school and in February of 1996 I enrolled in the KCC. It was from here that I miraculously received a Track Scholarship to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) where I am now majoring in both Electrical Engineering and Computer Science . I am currently employed by the Universities Information Technology Department. Running track has had its ups and downs but I was recently, at the 99 Sport Banquet awarded  for the highest GPA and Most Valuable Player (OUTDOORS) so I am happy.
Knoxite Forever. One LOVE

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                                                                              PROFILE - GARY WILLIAMS   ('92)

My name is Gary Williams I left Knox in 1992, and then went to Knox Community College for two years. I ran track for grant at both institutions. After leaving Knox I went to G.C.Foster College in Spanish Town where I also Ran Track. While at Knox Community College I got 2 bronze medals at the intercollegiate champs in 1993/1994. In 1996 I won the 1500m at the intercollegiate champs for G.C. Foster College. I took up a track scholarship to attend Hampton University in Virginia in 1996, that same year I finished third in the conference cross country championships, I got injured and started running again in 1998. In 1999 I won the mile and set a conference record and finished second at the outdoor championships where I set the school record. I am working out and hope to be the top miler in JA in the near future. Hi Michele Toyloy.

 
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                                                                        MESSAGE FROM NAOMI SMITH  ('95-'99)

Hi! My name is Naomi Smith and I attended Knox College High from 1995-1999. Since leaving Knox, I have moved to Boston and enrolled in a new High School. I miss going to Knox, and I miss all of my friends. I was in 10k when I left in June '99. If any current Knoxites see this, I want to give you all a big shout-out, especially to the 11k kru and my favorite teachers.
                          ONE-LOVE!!
                                                                   -Naomi

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                                     SPOTLIGHT ON GAYLE KIRBY McLEAN AND ROGER McLEAN

This article appeared in The Gleaner - November 2, 1999.

 
Origin and growth of a family station

Noel Thompson, Freelance Writer

Gayle and Roger McLean...offering more than petrol to Kirby's customers.

WESTERN BUREAU: ONE YEAR ago, following an influx of motor vehicles in the town of Christiana, Manchester, Kirmac Enterprises Limited thought it prudent to go into the service station business as there was only one other at the time.

The decision to establish Kirby's Petcom proved sound, and the business was almost guaranteed not to fail because of the people behind it. The new service station is operated by Kirmac Enterprises Limited, the same company that manages Kirby's Hardware and Furniture Store which has its headquarters in Christiana and a branch operation in May Pen, Clarendon.

Kirmac also operates another service station at Portside Villas in St. Ann. The name Kirby, now a household name in central Jamaica, has a 41 year business history in Christiana, starting when George Kirby first founded his hardware business.

Mr. Kirby is also the head of Kirmac, a family business involving his wife and two daughters. Prior to the start up of his business, he traveled to Trelawny to buy pimento, banana, ginger and other produce for the late Percy Junor who was an exporter. The company still deals in produce. Roger McLean, director of Kirmac and son-in-law to Mr. Kirby, said the service station was introduced after the company had assessed the vast increase in automobile population, the sometimes chaotic moments at the single station and having considered the request of customers.

"We were already dealers in Petcom cooking gas, so we approached the company to set up a station. We had the land and it was ideally located. We started out small but things have grown since. We have been providing a service to the community which was well needed," said Mr. McLean. Kirby's Petcom, as is the trend with service stations nationally, also provides a mini-mart for grocery shoppers, and a mini restaurant where chicken and chips is served six days a week. Petcom itself has plans to introduce the Smart Mart (mini supermarkets) at all its locations island wide.

Kirby's Petcom is also about to install an ATM machine, offering access to banking services on a 24 hour basis. This is expected to come on stream for the Christmas Season said Mr. McLean.

"We will be the first in Christiana to operate a 24 hour service station. We pride ourselves in having one of the best delivery services around. We hardly ever run out of fuel, even in times of crisis," he noted.

He continued: "Both Kirby's Hardware and Petcom have given tremendous support to the community at large. We have sponsored two football teams on two consecutive occasions. We have a name to stand by. Whenever we give our word it is our honor."

Kirby's Petcom Service centre is operated by Mr. McLean and his wife, Gayle Kirby McLean.

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PROFILE - GRACE ANNE SMITH-ALLETTE  ('78-'84)

Hello to all,
My name is Grace Anne Smith-Allette.  I attended Knox from 1978-1984.  It was the best years of my life.  I am a former Websterite and everytime I wear a red blouse I reminisce of the many sport days I had and of course the
laryngitis I had following all the sports days. I moved to South Florida after graduation, where I pursued a life long dream of becoming a special education teacher.  It is rough and nothing like the little trouble we use to give in our old days.  Students were angels then.  My students all know about Knox College and how school was back then.  A special greeting to the class of 1983 and a moment of silence for three special friends (classmates) of mine who passed on tragically.  Thomas Johnson, Carlton Messam and my close friend Sandra Bernard. You will be forever in my thoughts.
I give God Thanks for Mrs. Barbara Jones who was a positive role model for me.  She was also a part of the reason why I chose education as my major in college. I have not seen her since I left but next time I visit Jamaica, I am
sure to visit her.  Mrs. Jones you are constantly in my prayers.  Special hello to all the math teachers who had patience with me.  Mr. Blaire and Mr. Goldbourne who did their best to drill CXC and O Level Math.  It paid off in the end.  Mr. Lawson who was a great Biology teacher. My homeroom teacher Mr. Wesney.  And all the many teachers who had to deal with me.  Jackie Goldsmith if you are out there and have read this give me a buzz. God Bless Knox
College and it will forever be the best high school in the world. My address is smitall@aol.com.

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PROFILE - AVA TOMLINSON  ('87-'92)

Fellow Knoxites! I am Ava Tomlinson. Knox has been in my family (Campbell) since its inception. One of the first eight students Cicelyn Campbell is my grand aunt (1947), My mother  Aseneth Madge Campbell (1954- now deceased), my uncle Garth Campbell (1973) My sister Cheryl Campbell (1984) and myself (1987-1992).

I attended Knox College between 1987-1992. Knox molded me for my career path. I was the President of the Student Council 1991-1992, Murray House (we came second that year), UNESCO Club, Debating Society and Valedictorian of the Graduating Class of 92,  (The year my dearest Dr. Barbara Buckley-Jones left Knox) and a prefect amongst other things.

I then went on to Knox Community College which mentor me in objectivity. I was Clarendon Farm Queen and Second Runner up to the National Farm Queen 1994. I also brought back one gold and two bronze medals to Jamaica from the Caricom Regional Science, Mathematics and Environmental Fair held in Guyana in 1994.

I am currently completing my BA in History and Archaeology at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, and a Diploma in Cultural Conservation from the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

I am also an Artifacts Officer employed to the Jamaica National Heritage Trust Archaeology Division. In addition, I am the Vice President of the Archaeology Society of  Jamaica, and Board Member of Museums Association
of the Caribbean.

Finally, thanks to my alma mater KNOX for providing the environment which nurtured me in my formative years, and friends who have remained with me until this day. I am honored to be a graduate of Knox!

Ava Tomlinson, Class of 1992.


   
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                                                                   SPOTLIGHT ON NICOLA PITT  ('76)
    
     Hi! My name is Nicola Pitt, and strictly speaking, I'm not a Knoxite, since I only attended the Junior School, and left in 1976 to go to Scotland in class four. I do feel a special connection to Knox however, as my grandfather is David Bent,and my mother Audrey was one of Knox's very first students along with her brother and sister, and the Davidsons.
    Since leaving Knox, I completed my education in Scotland, specializing in French language and literature. I then spent several years teaching English in Spain, most of that time in the beautiful Basque region. I have since returned to Scotland, completed a Master of Science in Information Technology, and now work as an application developer in Glasgow. I left Knox when I was very young, but I have many memories of my time there. I would love to hear from any contemporaries ( Erica Levi, Rachel Scott, Christopher Foot, Ingrid Wiltshire where are you ! ) Also, if anyone remembers my mother, Audrey Bent, when they attended Knox, I would love to hear from you!

Thanks,
Nicola

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                                                                      PROFILE - JAIME DENNIS  ('94)

    Hey, my name is Jaime Dennis and I left Knox in 1994 for the US.  Although I only spend two years at Knox, I have a lot of great memories.  My sister Heather and Brother Kirk also left Knox in 94.  I graduated high school in
1998 and am now on my second year of college at Babson College in Massachusetts.  I am just missing a lot of people from the "good old days." I live in New York, but I am on campus during the school year.  I just want to hail up everybody from Knox especially Saundrene, Heather, Kirk, Anissa, Tawna, Keisha G, Ed, Spencer, Andrea, Sherol, Simone......I could go on and on but listen if you guys get the chance just drop a line. 
    I am studying accounting up here at Babson, living on a deserted campus, but everything is on track.  I am going to do my study abroad next year, I am still not sure if I want to go to England or Italy or Monaco, but I am going. I just want to know what's the deal with all my girls from Grant Hostel (especially the second dormers of '93). As said if you guys have email drop me a line at jayde47@aol.com or jdennis@babson.edu.  Of course I wont forget my boys Renniel, Dean, where yawl at!!  And of course Mitzie G. Lorrianne, Kenisha what's going on??

Later,
Jaime

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