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V.I. National Guard Association Announces 2021 Scholarship Award Winner

FREDERIKSTED — The Virgin Islands National Guard Association presented a $1,000 scholarship award to McKayla Collins recently.

The ceremony was held in a conference room named after the late Canegata.  Joined by her family, McKayla received the award from VINGA president Mr. Beresford Edwards and Mrs. Shenneth Canegata.

McKayla, daughter of Col. Jean Moving-Collins, is the second daughter to receive the LTC David C. Canegata III scholarship. The 2021 scholarship recipient will attend Mount Saint Mary’s University in Maryland in the fall. McKayla also received a coin from the Adjutant General of the Virgin Islands National Guard Maj. Gen. Kodjo Knox-Limbacker.

The late LTC David C. Canegata III spent more than 21 years as a member of the Virgin Islands Army National Guard. His desire to serve his community and country led to his deployment to the Middle East in 2006, culminating in his death on January 20, 2007, during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

This academic scholarship, given in his honor, is an amazing way to keep his memory alive. For more information about the scholarships, contact Beresford F. Edwards, president of the VINGA. The association encourages more V.I. high school seniors to apply each year for these scholarship awards.

VINGA Inc. is a non-profit corporation. The association’s purpose is to promote growth and development, foster friendship and corporation amongst officers of the VING, and provide services for its members and dependents.

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John McCarthy

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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