Prizes Presented in the 2021 Jamaica Information Service Heritage Competition

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Students were required to submit an essay, using the theme: “Triumphant, Proud & Free”, to explain Jamaica’s heritage & achievements.

By Alecia Smith for Jamaica Information Service
© 2021 Jamaica Information Service – All Rights Reserved

Prizes Presented In JIS Heritage Competition

Top performers in the 2021 Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Heritage Competition, not only came away with increased knowledge of the nation’s rich heritage, but also walked away with exciting yet meaningful prizes.

The annual competition which is in its 11th year, invited students at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels to submit entries in the essay, poster and photography categories, depicting the theme: “Triumphant, Proud and Free.”

The top entrants in each category of the competition were presented with their prizes during an awards ceremony at the Knutsford Court Hotel in St. Andrew on Wednesday (Dec. 15).

Topping the entries this year were: Okaejah Stephens of Chetwood Memorial Primary School in St. James who won 1st place in the essay competition. She won for herself a tablet courtesy of Innovative Corporate Solutions; a cash prize of $15,000 from Guardian Life; a weekend for four at FDR Resorts; and a trophy.

Curtis Clennon of Cornwall College in St. James copped 1st place in the poster competition in the Grades 10-13 category. He won $20,000 in cash courtesy of JIS; a Graphics Course from Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts; and a trophy.

For the Grades 7-9 category in the poster competition, Mikayla Brown of Immaculate Conception High School in Kingston, won 1st place. She received $10,000 worth of book vouchers courtesy of Sangster’s Bookstore; $15,000 in cash from JIS; and a trophy.

Copping 1st place in the photo competition was Olivia Gordon of The Mico University College in Kingston. She was presented with $30,000 in cash from the JIS; one undergraduate course courtesy at Caribbean School of Media and Communication (CARIMAC); a weekend for two at Sandals; and a trophy.

According to Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the JIS Donna-Marie Rowe, the JIS Heritage Competition is not just a corporate social responsibility activity or merely a brand building exercise, “we are seeking to do more by our young people.

“Our young people, we believe that you have a voice and our heritage competition gives you that opportunity to amplify your voice.  We are giving you an opportunity to become a part of the discussion. We are allowing you to take a seat at the table,” she said.

Mrs. Rowe said she is pleased that the students rose to the challenge and worked hard on their entries.

“The quality of the entries, especially the essays, that was very high. Congratulations to all the top performers here with us today. You have all done well.  We recognise the parents and teachers who supported the students, as well as the judges who applied their expertise in grading and selecting the winners,” she said.

Deputy Chief Education Officer, Core Curriculum and Support Services Dr. Clover Hamilton-Flowers who was the guest speaker at the event, said the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information was happy to be celebrating with the JIS at the awards ceremony.

“We see this as the culmination of all the efforts to help students collaborate with others…set standards for themselves and engage in critical reflexive thinking (and) to inspire them to meet or exceed these standards,” she said.

She added that the competition served to further develop students’ research skills and helped them to gain knowledge about the gifts and talents of Jamaicans.

“The essay, heritage poster, photographic presentations, all provide our students with the opportunity to draw on their creativity in depicting aspects of Jamaican life from the primary to the tertiary levels,” she said.

The competition forms part of the JIS’ thrust to engage students in national discussions and to widen their knowledge about Jamaica’s heritage.

Primary-level students were required to submit an essay, using the theme: “Triumphant, Proud and Free”, to explain Jamaica’s heritage and achievements; students at the secondary level were required to submit poster entries highlighting the theme in one of two categories – Graphic Design or Illustration; and tertiary students were required to submit a photographic interpretation of the theme.

Second and third place in the essay competition went to students of Chetwood Memorial Primary School, Abigail Mundle, and Shadair Green respectively.

Second place in the poster competition in the Grades 7-9 category, went to Khimoi Stone of Ardenne Prep and Extension High School; while Tamir Williams of Cornwall College in St. James got third place.

John-Michael Ramsay, formerly of Cornwall College and now Herbert Morrison Technical High School in St. James, copped 2nd place in the poster competition in the Grades 10-13 category.

In addition, Rochelle Powell of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona Campus, took 2nd place in the photo competition. There was no third place in this category.

Contestants were also presented with category certificate awards for the essay, poster and photography entries.

Mrs. Rowe also made a special presentation of a gift to teacher at Chetwood Primary School, Ms. Vinnette Webb, who assisted all the students from that school who participated in the competition to send in their entries.

By Alecia Smith for Jamaica Information Service
© 2021 Jamaica Information Service – All Rights Reserved

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