MBHSAA of NY Beacon Award


IMG_3986 (1a)About the MBHSAA of NY Beacon Award

MBHSAA of NY proudly celebrates and honor alumnae whose achievements shine as beacons in the community. The distinguished recipients of this award are representative of the rich diversity of our alma mater. Their stellar examples light the path for future graduates and their enduring commitment to integrity, diversity, and service are an inspiration to all.

Selections will be based on material submitted by a nominator, with consideration given to the following areas:

- Service to MBHS
- Service to the community
- Professional accomplishments

Nominations are reviewed by a committee comprised of members of the MBHSAA of NY Board of Directors. A completed formal nomination packet and all supporting materials must be received by September 5, 2018 and can be emailed to

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<2017 MBHSAA of NY Beacon Award Recipient


Methelina Scarlett-Jones was born and raised in Montego Bay. She attended Montego Bay High School from 1966 to1972. While at MBHS Methelina, also known as Metty, was actively involved in lawn tennis, representing the school in many inter school lawn tennis competitions. She was also a member of the Prefect Body. In the pretty, witty, and smart Metty won the coveted title of Miss St James.

A versatile, hands-on leader with wide experience developed in sales, service, marketing and technical areas mainly in the Hospitality industry, complemented by talents in leadership, negotiation, interpersonal skills and cross functional team building; Metty is a strategic problem-solver who envisions smart solutions and executes with urgency across all levels of the organization; a professional who leads organizations through change and challenge to profitable growth with delivery of objectives in a highly competitive business market and environment. She is skilled in negotiating partnerships and alliances with a keen ability to forecast industry trends and capture opportunities. She delights in coaching, training and developing staff for self-actualization and effective corporate objectives; passionate about success, team recognition, empowering team members to deliver expected results to both internal and external customers, in challenging environments.

Despite her busy professional life Metty makes time to give back through community involvement. She has volunteered her time to The Montego Bay Night Shelter since 2006, transporting clients from Shelter to church on Sundays and securing clothing, food and bed linen for the facility. She organizes and participates in annual Christmas treats facilitated through the Atlanta Montego Bay Sister Cities Committee including organizing structured activities for youths in the Flankers community. As the Charter Vice President of Kiwanis Club of Providence from1985 to 1987, Metty spearheaded the implementation of the breakfast feeding program for primary schools and participated in the Prison Ministry. She was the chief Organizer from 1989 to 1994 for the Miss City of Montego Bay Pageant which was part of the activities to commemorate Montego Bay’s City Status.

Metty’s ongoing projects include: conducting motivational training sessions, which involve professional ethics, deportment, career focus and preparation, for six form students in High School; participating in local planning of the St. James Festival Queen Competition; coordinating and monitoring the Annual Atlanta Montego Bay Sister Cities Scholarships for students in High Schools and Tertiary Institutions.

Metty keeps her fingers on the pulse of MBHS. She’s graduated and she stays connected. Metty participated in the Mentorship Program and coordinated several student exchange programs between her alma mater, Montego Bay High School and other International Cities that are twinned with the City of Atlanta. She Secured scholarships through the Atlanta Montego Bay Sister Cities Committee. She facilitated students’ participation in the Atlanta Montego Bay Sister Cities International Students Exchange Program in which MBHS students hosted Business Study students in their homes while these foreign students participated in classes at MBHS. Similarly, Atlanta students hosted MBHS students while they attended classes in Atlanta. MBHS students travelled to Eastern Europe with student representatives from 12 Sister Cities during participation in the International Student Exchange Program Youth Leadership Summit held in Norfolk Virginia in July 2017.

Metty was recently appointed the Chief Liaison Officer of the Jamaican Central Labor Organization in charge of the Jamaica Overseas work program. This program facilitates the farm and hospitality work programs in the United States. She is based in Washington DC.

Metty’s community involvement, citizenship, dedication and professionalism, has not gone un-noticed as she is the recipient of numerous awards and accolades. Some of the awards conferred on this noble jetsetter are: The Phoenix Award (2012), which was presented by the Mayor of the City of Atlanta in recognition of 20 years of leadership and commitment to advancing healthcare and education programs for the citizens of Montego Bay in collaboration with citizens of Atlanta via the joint Sister Cities programs. Sam Sharpe Award (2013) was presented by St, James Municipal Corporation for outstanding Community Service.  In October, Metty will receive the Order of Distinction for Outstanding Community Service from Jamaica.

Metty is a rare gem and a true Beacon of Montego Bay High School who lives her philosophy, “You can give without loving but you cannot love without giving. Volunteerism is Love”. She holds high the banner of her alma mater. Despite her professional accomplishments, accolades, and personal achievements Metty remains humble; smiling and shining brightly. It is with honor, admiration and pride that MBHSAA of NY celebrates Methelina Scarlett-Jones as the MBHSAA of NY Inc. 2017 Beacon.




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