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Adventist Church in Tom’s River to launch new chapter of Power of a Dream Awards Banquet


Published: 23-08-2018 |


The Tom’s River Seventh-day Adventist church will host its first Power of Dream (POAD) awards banquet on September 1, 2018.

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The Power of Dream (POAD) awards banquet is an avenue through which young people within the church and community are acknowledged, recognized and motivated for doing well academically, spiritually and vocationally.

This newest staging of The Power of Dream (POAD) awards banquet at Tom’s River SDA church, follows the second staging of that of the Old Harbour SDA church, to be held August 26, 2018.

Meanwhile, the Palm SDA church (innovators of this awards banquet), hosted their sixth staging of this initiative on Sunday August 19, 2018, under the patronage of Dr. Lincoln Edwards, NCU President.

During this momentous occasion, twenty- six (26) students (from the church & community) who sat the external examinations were highlighted and given special awards and scholarships.

Among those awarded was Alex Hutchinson, who received a 4-year scholarship from Northern Caribbean University presented by Dr. Lincoln Edwards.

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Dr. Lincoln Edwards, President (NCU) presents 4 year scholarship to Alex Hutchinson to attend Northern Caribbean University | Credits: Mahado Thomas

Alex will be pursuing studies in Mass Communication beginning September 2018.

Tavar Harriot, Cape awardee of the St. Catherine High School says that this encouragement sweetens labor.

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Marsha Lounds presenting Tavar Harriot, Cape awardee of the St. Catherine High School receiving his award at the Palm SDA Power of a Dream Awards Banquet | Credits: Mahado Thomas

“I think that this banquet put on by the Palm SDA Church is a great one because it gives students something to look forward to and motivates them to keep doing even better,” he said.

Meanwhile, Trudy- ann Robinson, declared this initiative to be a great one and expressed her gratitude to Palm SDA Church for choosing her as a Cape awardee.

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Tyrone Ramsay presenting Trudy- ann Robinson with a special award at the Palm SDA Power of a Dream awards banquet. | Credits: Mahado Thomas

“I am indeed elated to have been chosen as an awardee and I thank the church very much,” she said.

“It has given me the financial stability needed and to further my education and motivated me to do well, and to one day give back” she concluded.

Kimberly Salmon, second time awardee added that the banquet has brighten her life in more ways than one.

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Kimberly Salmon performing at the Palm Power of a dream awards banquet | Credits: Mahado Thomas

“This awards banquet is something that I look forward to every year, not just to showcase my talent but to also feel honored.

Mrs. Carol Morgan, main coordinator credits the success of the programme to members of her committee.

“We applaud our sponsors who have been partnering with us over the years and commend the members of the Youth Department who have dedicated their time and expertise so that the program was properly executed.

She shared that it is her joy to launch as many chapters of this Power of a dream awards banquet in as many churches as possible.

“Other churches in Central Jamaica Conference and West Jamaica Conference are showing great interest to start this initiative and we are eager to assist,” she concluded.

Click here to view more photos of this event.


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