July 2012 Volume 9

Chairman's Message

Author: Professor Stephen Vasciannie

Stephen Vasciannie

Allocation of Funds for School Activities

At the May meeting of the Kingston College Board of Management, the members of the Board undertook a detailed review of the income and expenditure of Kingston College for the current Academic Year, with a view to formulating plans in   read more

A True “Gift” from Above – Gifton Wright

Author: Wayne O. Robertson

Gifton Wright

The Fortis Pavilion salutes our very "gifted," Gifton Samuel Wright, for finishing 4th in the recently concluded 85th annual Scripps Howard Spelling Bee Competition.  He has not only brought honour and glory to himself, but to his family, community (Spanish Town), school (Kingston College), and by extension, Jamaica.

The competition began with   read more

Omar Morrison Receives George Thompson Award

Author: Dr. Glen Laman

Omar Morrison

In February of this year, the George Thompson Memorial Scholarship Fund in Atlanta was contacted by teacher, Sheryl Capper who attended the same church as KCOB Omar Morrison.  Omar had been awarded a partial scholarship to La Sierra University in California but was having difficulty making up the difference plus   read more

The KCOBA Atlanta Annual Report 2011-2012

Author: Anthony Williams

KCOBA Atlanta

This year has been a productive year for the Atlanta chapter as we were able to meet our usual commitments as well as fund several new requests.


The following is a recap of what the Chapter funded either fully or partially for the 2011 – 2012 year:

Behind the Scenes of the Choir’s Washington, DC Trip

Author: Noel Spencer, MBA, LUTCF, EA

Noel Spencer

Noel Spencer led the fundraising effort to help cover the choir's expenses

I have patched together as best as possible my notes. I kept notes as to who gave contributions over the period of March 19th, 2012 to May 2nd, 2012. Mr. Norman Scott was kind enough   read more

Orlando Patterson at Calabash Literary Festival

Author: Excerpted from Tallawah Magazine

Orlando Patterson at Jake's in Treasure Beach

A razor-sharp intellect, a jovial spirit
Excerpted from Tallawah Magazine

It all started at Kingston College. But to hear living legend (Horace) Orlando Patterson recount his trajectory from boy wonder to groundbreaking Jamaican novelist to acclaimed academic and cultural historian is to follow the great man on   read more

Fortis Pavilion Announces New Initiatives

Author: Wayne O. Robertson

President of the Fortis Pavilion, Wayne Robertson, presenting gears to Kingston College Under 14 Football Team

The Fortis Pavilion is resolute in its quest to facilitate the holistic development of the students of Kingston College.  Against this background, the organization will be introducing the following scholarship and awards:

1. The Fortis Pavilion/Ivan “Wally” Johnson Scholarship

The contribution of the late Ivan “Wally” Johnson to the   read more

Gifton's Return

Author: Shakazani Karenga

Welcome Home Gifton Wright

Gifton Wright’s participation at the Scripps National Spelling Bee competition was highly anticipated by the Kingston College community and for good reason.  He was already the champion speller for Jamaica and displayed the talent and dedication that always lead to success.  After competing over two days, he once again   read more

Gifton Featured on ESPN’s SportsCenter

Author: Dr. Glen Laman

Gifton Wright with Sage Steele of ESPN

KC Student Gifton Wright was mentioned by ESPN anchor Sage Steele on SportCenter’s Top 10 segment June 2, 2012. Gifton won many hearts with his 4th place finish in the Scripps National Spelling Bee competition in Washington, DC that week.

SportsCenter is a daily sports news television show and   read more

The Atlanta Summer Reunion Session 2012

Author: Dr. Glen Laman

KCOBA Atlanta Summer Session 2012

The Atlanta chapter's second edition of the Summer Reunion Session was held on June 16th at the GT Lofts in Dunwoody.  We are happy to report an increase in attendance over the first session.

Dancing music was provided by one of Atlanta's most popular and ubiquitous entertainers, DJ Migraine   read more

The 2012 Inter-Form Quiz (North Street Campus)

Author: KC Academic Vice Principal - Juliet Wilson

Excited members of the audience display their goodies donated by Yellow Pages.

The 2012 Inter-Form Quiz Final was held on Friday, June 8. This was the culmination of two months of competition among twelve teams consisting of all four Grade 9 classes on the North Street Campus and eight Grade 10 classes. The Grade 11 students were not involved this year as   read more

The 2012 Bishop Gibson Lecture

Author: Dr. Patrick Dallas

Prof Basil Wilson at KC Lecture

By Dr. Patrick Dallas

This year’s Annual Bishop Gibson Lecture was delivered by prominent KC old boy, Professor Basil “Bagga” Wilson, in the St. Augustine Chapel on the North Street Campus of Kingston College on Wednesday, April 18, 2012.  Prof. Wilson, retired Provost of John Jay College of Criminal   read more

Profile: David Batts, QC

Author: Everton Bailey

Batts (right) and classmate Basil Higgins at 1978 KC Graduation

On Monday, June 11, 2012, David George Batts, distinguished member of the Class of 1978, received the designation of Queen’s Counsel from the Chief Justice of Jamaica, the Honorable Zaila McCalla. The “taking of the silk” is a rare honor that is bestowed on attorneys who have been acknowledged by   read more

David “Wagga” Hunt Classic 2012

Author: Robert Taylor

Trophy Presentation

The Second Inaugural Year for The David "Wagga" Hunt Classic was Saturday, June 2, 2012 in New York. Though we are not at the point where we can sit on our laurels, we have nevertheless, seen an increase in attendance over last year. Many have put in hard work to   read more

Leighton Spencer Captures 5k and 10K Titles at Olympic Trials

Author: Noel Spencer, MBA, LUTCF, EA

Leighton receiving medal at Douglas Forrest Invitational 2012

Chester, NY: Leighton Spencer journeyed to Kingston, Jamaica to showcase his talent in the 5000M and 10000M at the Supreme Ventures- Jamaica Senior Championships -- the hosts for the Jamaica Olympic Trials and the NACAC U-23 trials (North America, Central America and Caribbean Championships) for athletes under 23 years of   read more

Eulogy of Barrington “Barry” Wintrose Huie

Author: Kimberly Huie

Barry Huie

Quite a name for quite a man. But to most he was simply Barry. Mr. Huie to a few. And "Dad" to two.

No man is just one thing, and my father was no different. He was a provider, a protector, a playmate, a disciplinarian,... and my first crush. Yes,   read more

A Few Words from the Editor

Author: Dr. Glen Laman

Glen laman

Kingston College has been taking Washington, DC by storm this year. 

First, the KC Chapel Choir travelled there and mesmerized audiences at Washington National Cathedral’s Annual Flower Mart Festival which this  year featured Jamaican history, cuisine, artists and performers.

This was followed a few weeks later by   read more

Stephen Vasciannie named new Jamaican Ambassador to The United States

Author: Staff reporter KC Times

Dr. Stephen Vasciannie

Senator the Hon. A.J. Nicholson, Q.C., Minister of Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade, announces the appointment of Professor Stephen Vasciannie, D.Phil. as Jamaica's new Ambassador to Washington DC.

Professor Vasciannie, who is currently the Principal at the Norman Manley Law School, a position he has held since 2008, is expected   read more

Gifton Wright was the Overwhelming Crowd Favorite

Author: Dr. Glen Laman

Christopher Hunt, Gifton Wright and Rev Glen Archer

According to KCOB Christopher Hunt, “Not only was Gifton an awesome speller, but the way he handled himself, his demeanor and his mannerism touched a lot of hearts.  After the initial disappointment of coming 4th, he was bombarded with requests for his autograph, posing for numerous pictures and individuals, I mean everyone,   read more

Celebration of the life of Barry Huie

Author: R. Wayne Stephens

Barry Huie

First one chair, then two, three... added to the hallways and on and on until the church was overflowing with mourners and well-wishers as people arrived to pay their last respects to Barry Huie.

As was expected, the celebration of life service for our friend and former president of the   read more

Jamaican Independence Day Message

Author: Anthony Williams

Anthony Williams

As a small nation we have made tremendous strides that place us in the hearts of many people at home and abroad. We are a unique set of people. Our presence pervades every region of the globe.

While we embrace who we are, let us use this moment   read more

Stephen Vasciannie - Ready For The Next Challenge

Author: Reprinted from Jamaica Gleaner

Stephen Vasciannie proudly displays portrait of himself by son Sean

By Robert Lalah, Assistant Editor – Features   

These are hectic times in the Vasciannie household, as the family of four prepares for a major transition. Professor Stephen Vasciannie was recently appointed Jamaica's new ambassador to the United States and he, his wife Lisa and sons Sean, nine, and Dominic,   read more

Raymond Mair Launches 'Shards Of Remembering'

Author: Staff reporter KC Times

Raymond Mair book launch

Reprinted from the Gleaner

By Mel Cooke, Gleaner Writer

There was a strong turnout for poet Raymond Mair's launch of his second collection, Shards of Remembering, at the Faculty of Law, University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, on Sunday. His first book, These Days I Remember,   read more

A Note of Thanks to All who Gave Support to the Choir’s Tour of Washington, DC.

Author: Professor Stephen Vasciannie

KC Choir at Washington National Cathedral

A Note of Thanks to All who Gave Support to the Choir’s Tour of Washington, DC.
Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I am taking this opportunity to thank each of you for your kind contribution to the historic visit by the Kingston College Choir to Washington D.C. last month. I offer my   read more