High Schoolers Take Advantage Of Soccer Stars Programme

THE Ministry of Education, Science and Technology’s Student-Athlete Resources & Support (STARS) Programme provides Bahamian high school student-athletes with the tools they need to extend their educational and athletic experience beyond high school, to the collegiate level and beyond while empowering them to become strong leaders in and out of the classroom and on and off the playing field, and helping them successfully integrate into society as responsible citizens.

“We are pleased to provide an update about a few of our members that are currently in their freshman year of college,” said Jurelle Mullings, the chairperson of the programme. 

“In 2019, 14 high school student-athletes from our programme that participated in various sporting genres from schools throughout Nassau and Grand Bahama, were recipients of a combination of athletic, academic, and Ministry of Education awards,” she explained.

Mullings noted that these students now serve as mentors of the STARS programme and are excelling both in the classroom and on the playing field, averaging a cumulative GPA of 3.54.

“Notably, all six of our college soccer student-athletes attended the Ministry’s first annual STARS College Soccer Showcase in February 2019 and were beneficiaries of athletic scholarships as a result,” she stated.

“Over the Christmas holidays, a few of them stopped by our office to share their college experiences with us through a brief interview.

• Devonta Newbold

C.I. Gibson, Benedict College

Men’s Track and Field

Major: Environmental Science

GPA: 3.44

• Laurann Brown

St Anne’s School

Dodge City College

Women’s Soccer

Major: Sports Management

GPA: 3.67

• Mckell Yallop

Bishop Michael Eldon High

Arizona Western College

Women’s Soccer

Major: Computer Science

GPA: 3.52

• Lavano Sands

C.V. Bethel High School

Central State University

Men’s Track and Field

Major: Chemistry

GPA: 4.0

• Malachi McCoy

Doris Johnson High School

Benedict College

Men’s Basketball

Major: Criminal

Justice Administration

GPA: 3.80

• Kunal Bain

Kingsway Academy

Colby Community College

Men’s Track and Field

Major: Kinesiology


• Aniqua Darville

St. Anne’s School

Life University

Women’s Track and Field

Major: Biology


• Kirklyn Farrington

Anatol Rodgers

University of the Bahamas 

Men’s Basketball

Major: Law and

Criminal Justice

• Tevin Lewis

St. Augustine’s College

Mount Allison University

Men’s Soccer

Major: Marketing

• Karon Dean

C.I. Gibson High School

Barton Community Collage

Men’s Track & Field

Major: Sports Management

GPA: 3.40

• Rashawn Hamilton

Charles W. Saunders

St. Andrews University

Men’s Soccer

Major: Business

GPA: 3.8

• Derryn Johnson

St. Anne’s School

Trinity Valley CC

Men’s Basketball

Major: Liberal Arts

GPA: 3.77

• Tyra Mckenzie

Arizona Western College

Women’s Soccer

Major: Social work

• Savannah Rolle

Nassau Christian Schools

Allen University

Women’s Soccer

Major: Biology

w/ Pre-Med


GPA: 3.27


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