Mont des Accords Collège student Jennique Gibbs poses with the trophy and cheque awarded to her by the Soroptimist International Club of Saint-Martin.
MARIGOT–Based on its motto: “Comprendre, Defendre et Entreprendre”, the Soroptimist International Club of Saint-Martin has undertaken for the past three years to annually award the “Elcie Claire Prize” to the best third grade student of scientific disciplines; a sustainable action set up with the Mont des Accords Collège in 2017.
“The Elcie Claire Prize is very dear to our hearts, because we want our sponsor’s memory to be revived by concrete action to promote girls, especially in the field of education and more specifically in science subjects,” said Soroptimist Club President Annette Philips.
“The third presentation of this award took place recently in the Chamber of Commerce. Myself and members of the club would like to thank the Principal of the Collège, Ms. Karam, and her educational team for their cooperation and the realisation of this wonderful event.
“After careful research work, a nominee came out in the person of Jennique Gibbs to whom we had the honour of awarding the ‘Elcie Claire Prize’ trophy, as well as a cheque for 500 euros. An undeniably serious student who has never stopped improving during her high school years, she has been involved in several fields: class representative, super-delegate, commemoration of the Concordia Treaty and her Science Po project,” Philips concluded.
Elcie Claire was born in Rambaud, Saint-Martin, on June 16, 1933. She was a woman of heart, a visionary, and very committed. A woman of many skills, she put her time, kindness, know-how and willingness to change women’s lives for the better at the service of others.
She was the founding member and President of the Soroptimist International Club of Pointe-à-Pitre and is the patron of the Soroptimist International Club of Saint-Martin (created on May 26, 1994). Elcie passed away on April 28, 1998.