The Nassau GuardianJackson Maxtaggart
A couple of youth tennis players here in The Bahamas have been selected as Student of the Year nominees by their respective schools – Jackson Mactaggart by the Lyford Cay International School (LCIS) and Sarai Clarke by T.G. Glover Primary.
Mactaggart is an honor roll student at LCIS and is the number one ranked tennis player in the country in Boys 12s. He has won numerous trophies and national tournaments, and has represented The Bahamas in tennis internationally. He also plays soccer and is a competitive golfer in his age group.
Outside of sports, Mactaggart plays the steel pans for the LCIS Steel Orchestra and is a parishioner at Saint Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Lyford Cay.
Clarke is the head girl at T.G. Glover. She is a regular honoree on both the Principal and Honor Roll lists.
Competitively, Clarke is one of the country’s top players in Girls 10s, winning numerous trophies. Additionally, she is active in soccer and track and field, winning awards in those sporting disciplines as well.
Clarke is a member of the Bells and Choir Chimes Ensemble, her school choir, and Spelling Bee and Discovery Club at her school. She passed the Royal School of Music Exam Grade 1, is a member of the Peer Meditation Group and a parishioner at Grants Town Seventh Day Adventist Church. Clarke was also recently selected as Student of the Week at her school.
These two juniors are known to be well disciplined and possess pleasant attitudes and excellent spirit.
“They go beyond the regular and set new boundaries to reach new heights, exhibiting a willingness to serve and to share,” as stated in a release from the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association (BLTA). “Jackson and Sarai have volunteered their time to assist the BLTA with the Ranfurly Homes for Children free tennis clinics.”
The release further stated that Mactaggart and Clarke are worthy candidates for the 2020 national primary school student of the year award, and congratulated both of them.
“As nominees of this prestigious award we wish them both well in their journey and know this is just the beginning of many future opportunities and achievements,” the release continued.
Mactaggart and Clarke have promising futures, and are expected to be a part of the resurgence of tennis in the country, leading a strong youth movement.