Shanti Carey

Grade 7

I am originally from Tarpum Bay, Eleuthera, The Bahamas.

Why do you think you were chosen for Cacique at Deep Creek Middle School?

I think I was chosen as Cacique at Deep Creek Middle School because I am a leader. I may be quiet and a little shy, but I am a good leader. I am kind and helpful to those that need help, and I am a good problem solver.

What do you appreciate most about Deep Creek Middle School?

I appreciate the teachers at Deep Creek Middle School for their guidance and way of teaching us new things. I also like that we learn in different environments. My favorite thing about Deep Creek Middle School is the community because we are a small and loving community.

What are your hopes and dreams for the future?

My hope for the future is to become a math teacher. I want to be the type of math teacher that changes the way students view math. I have always loved math but until recently never had a teacher that also enjoyed it as much as me.

To what writer would you award a prize?

I would award a prize to Suzanne Collins & Rachel Renee.

 
 
You are never too old to set a new goal or to dream a new dream.
— C.S. Lewis
 
 

Christiano Knowles

Grade 8

I am originally from Nassau, New Providence, The Bahamas.

Why do you think you were chosen for Cacique at Deep Creek Middle School?

I think I was chosen to be Cacique because I am kind when I talk to teachers and friends. Also, I display leadership at school and in the community.

What do you appreciate most about Deep Creek Middle School?

I appreciate that DCMS is a very hands-on school. I also like how the teachers care about their students and are fun. Overall, DCMS is a very fun school, and I appreciate how it gives scholarships to its students.

What are your hopes and dreams for the future?

My hopes and dreams are to find a way to stop plastic population so that we have a cleaner Earth. I also hope to go to boarding school.

What advice would you give younger students about middle school?

My advice to younger students is to try their best, and if they fail, to try again. If they keep trying, they are going to get better. They will succeed.

 

 
 
A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.
— Jackie Robinson
 
 

Tiia McKinney

Grade 9

I am originally from Eleuthera, The Bahamas.

Why do you think you were chosen for Cacique at Deep Creek Middle School?

I think that I was chosen for Cacique at school because of my helpful demeanor. I am willing to assist in chores and wherever else is necessary. I have begun to step out of my comfort zone and to display, more openly, the expectations of our community.

What do you appreciate most about Deep Creek Middle School?

What I appreciate most about Deep Creek Middle School is the multitude of opportunities that are provided. At DCMS students get the opportunity to have a relationship with the water around us. This is presented through School Without Walls, Physical Education, and for the ninth graders, SCUBA. Not only that, but having the ability to travel internationally, and learn, not only about The Bahamas, but the vast regions all over the globe!

What are your hopes and dreams for the future?

In the future I want to attend a boarding school. This hasn't just become a dream of mine, but rather has always been something that I've hoped for. Looking farther into the future, I hope that I can become a lawyer, or in someway involved with law.

What advice would you give younger students about middle school?

The advice I'd give younger students about middle school is to make the best of it. Take advantage of any opportunities that come your way. Be outgoing, courageous and positive. This is only the beginning of the journey that lies ahead.

 
 
Impossible’ is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It is an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.
— Muhammad Ali
 
 

Jade Knowles

Grade 9

I am originally from Nassau, The Bahamas.

Why do you think you were chosen for Cacique at Deep Creek Middle School?

I think that I was chosen to be Cacique because I put all my effort into the work given to me, such as the proposal for the Plastic Ocean Pollution Solution Youth Summit. I also have grown A LOT since my first year at DCMS and my teachers have noticed.

What do you appreciate most about Deep Creek Middle School?

I appreciate that the staff goes above and beyond to assist us students. For example, in math today Ms. Parks refused to give up until I understood the "why" of our fraction problems.

What are your hopes and dreams for the future?

I really do hope and dream that someday, somebody, can say, that girl, Jade Knowles, she made a big difference in my life and others. All I want in life is to create a positive impact wherever I go and to keep people happy.

What would you risk your life for?

I would risk my life for a person, and to be honest, I know a lot of people who would say that's absurd, but doing good for others is more than just putting a smile on somebody's face. It's giving them something that this world lacks....love.

 
 
I have a dream...
— Martin Luther King Jr.
 
 

Summer Smith

Grade 7

I am originally from Nassau, The Bahamas.

Why do you think you were chosen for Cacique at Deep Creek Middle School?
I think I was chosen to be Cacique because I displayed all of the DCMS expectations of a nurturing community. I don’t believe I am better than anyone because I was chosen for Cacique. If I can make it to being Cacique, anyone can make it if they put their mind to it.

What do you appreciate most about Deep Creek Middle School?
I appreciate the outdoor activities. I like how we are allowed to have fun and learn at the same time. I also like how we get to travel and learn about other places.

What are your hopes and dreams for the future?
My hope and dream is to lead this country. I would want to be this country's prime minister because I think The Bahamas still has a chance to get things right. I think we have a chance to change our ways.

What would you risk your life for?
I would risk my life for Jesus Christ.

 
 
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
— Philippians 4:13

Darren Thompson Jr. 

Grade 8

I am originally from Eleuthera, The Bahamas.

Why do you think you were chosen for Cacique at Deep Creek Middle School?
I think I was chosen because of my leadership skills. I was a leader during most activities. I am just always putting myself out there to be a leader and a role model.

What do you appreciate most about Deep Creek Middle School?
I appreciate the teachers and staff. I appreciate them most because they're always pushing me to do my best. I also appreciate them for always being there for me when something goes wrong.

What are your hopes and dreams for the future?
My hopes and dreams are to become an engineer. This is my hope and dream because since I was little I have loved and admired the work done by engineers. I also have a lot of experience with engineering-related work.

What are you looking forward to this school year?
I am looking forward to Junkanoo.

Just be yourself, there is no one better.
— Taylor Swift
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Doniqua Nairn

Grade 8

I am originally from Nassau, The Bahamas.

Why do you think you were chosen for Cacique at Deep Creek Middle School?
I think I was chosen to be a Cacique because I’ve been displaying leadership. Specifically, I showed responsibility and was kind to my peers. In addition, I’ve accomplished my goals and my behavior is what my teachers is looking for.

What do you appreciate most about Deep Creek Middle School?
I appreciate that I get to experience lots of things that I have never thought of even doing before coming to DCMS. This school pushes me to attempt new things, like learning how to swim.

What are your hopes and dreams for the future?
My hopes and dreams are to get accepted into boarding school and to be one of the best scuba divers in next year’s ninth grade class.

How would you like to help our world?
I would like to change the world by putting an end to single-use plastic.

Every new day is a chance to change your life.
— Rick Goodman
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Forrest Schmitt

Grade 9

I am originally from Conway, MA, USA. 

Why do you think you were chosen for Cacique at Deep Creek Middle School?
I think I was chosen to be Cacique because I have been helping other people. I also have been showing responsibility, kindness and other core values of DCMS. Lastly, I have been helping some of the new grade 7s adjust to DCMS.

What do you appreciate most about Deep Creek Middle School?
Some things I like about DCMS is that we have School Without Walls (SWW), Community Outreach (CO), Island School Buddies, and a lot of other unique programs. I like SWW because we get to go out of the classroom and do activities. I like CO because we can help the community of DCMS, Deep Creek, or even Eleuthera.

What are your hopes and dreams for the future?
I want to be an environmental lawyer/scientist. I want to find new sources for renewable energy and help to save the environment.

What superpower do you wish you had?
I wish I had the power to change probability. I could then say, “Change the probability of me gaining the power of flight to 100%.”

Try and fail but never fail to try.
— Jared Leto
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Sheanna Hall

Grade 7

I am originally from Wemyss Bight, Eleuthera, The Bahamas.

Why do you think you were chosen for Cacique at Deep Creek Middle School?
A Cacique is a Leader. I think I was chosen to be a Cacique at the Deep Creek Middle School because of my leadership skills. I think my teachers saw this in me and decided to give me a chance at being a Cacique.

What do you appreciate most about Deep Creek Middle School?
I appreciate how the Principals and teachers of Deep Creek Middle School push ALL students to learn. They don't believe in students failing and instead want every child to succeed. They are dedicated to their jobs, offering after-school classes for students who may be having problems with their assignments or who just want extra help.

What are your hopes and dreams for the future?
My hopes and dreams for the future are for me to be the BEST at everything I set out to do and perform to the best of my ability at everything I attempt. I also want to pass all my exams with As and graduate at the top of my class. Lastly, I would like to be a role model for my classmates.

What advice would you give younger students about middle school?
I would advise the younger students to take advantage of the opportunity to attend the Deep Creek Middle School. The atmosphere for learning is exceptional and there are fun clubs for you to be a part of.

 

Success doesn’t just come and find you, you have to go and get it.
— Evan Carmichael

Tiara McKinney

Grade 9

I am originally from Eleuthera, The Bahamas.

Why do you think you were chosen for Cacique at Deep Creek Middle School? I think that I was chosen as Cacique because I constantly show kindness. I assist students in my grade and other students in my school. I've also occupied many roles on campus, which has helped me to enhance my leadership skills and become a well-rounded individual.

What do you appreciate most about Deep Creek Middle School?I appreciate that Deep Creek Middle School has many travel opportunities. Students of DCMS are able to travel and broaden their experiences. During travel, DCMS students also gain knowledge of various cultures through meeting new people.

What are your hopes and dreams for the future? In the future I hope to become an accountant, and most importantly a positive individual and influence on others. I would like to be remembered as someone who has made a positive impact on our community, and I feel as if having a positive attitude would aid this. I hold the belief that being a role model to others is the greatest accomplishment of life.

What are you looking forward to this school year? I am excited to learn how to Scuba dive later in the school year. This is a privilege awarded only to grade 9 students.

The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief.
— William Shakespeare