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Mar 19, 2014

E.P. Yorke student awarded Du Di Rait Ting Honor

Sixteen year old Zipporah Taylor, a fourth form student at Edward P. Yorke High School is the most recent winner of the Do Di Rait Ting Award.  During a brief ceremony this morning at the institution, Taylor was formally recognized by the Belize Police Department for turning her academic life around.  According to the honor roll student, she got off to a rocky start but managed to find solid ground in her third year.  Her devotion to her school work and improving her private life has paid off.  She was gifted a tablet PC, as well as other prizes by the Police Department this morning.

 

Zipporah Taylor, Awardee, Do the Right Thing

Zipporah Taylor

“I didn’t know I was nominated. My Vice Principal nominated me and the reason why I think she nominated me was because of my behavior in first and second. I had to go through so many struggles but our school has a system with support from our homeroom teacher, our counselor. And I got my support from there and I toldf my story about what I went through. And I adviose all students you know, don’t look at the negative, look at the positive, be optimistic.

 

Isani Cayetano

“Do you mind sharing part of that story with us?

 

Zipporah Taylor

“Well some of them are personal but I could say that in first form I had numerous demerits, in second form same thing. I use to answer back teachers, I almost got a suspension but in third I decided I had to change. All my friends are on honor roll and I am the only one that is left behind. So I decided that I want to be like that and when they called my name for honor roll I felt so proud of myself and I just want to continue down that road.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“What advice do you have for other high school students and by extension young people like yourself to do the right thing?”

 

Zipporah Taylor

“Well despite all the struggles and all the obstacles there is always a positive way to look at things. No matter how difficult it may seem there is always a positive way to look at it. And be strong; don’t let all the negatives bring you down, just look at the positive side of things. I’m very proud to be here standing and encouraging other youths to be positive and I just feel very proud of my achievement.”

 

The Do The Right Thing Program is an initiative of the Community Policing Department.

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