Feb 22, 2009 News
The 2009 Children’s Mashramani Competitions concluded on Friday at the National Cultural Centre with the costume segment described as very impressive by many who attended.
As stated by Mash convener Desiree Wyles-Ogle, however, in the overall presentations there is need for ‘tightening up’ the dance pieces that were presented for competition this year.
She added that schools will have to be contacted next year to probably stage their internal competitions and send the best performers to the finals, since there were too many entries for one school in a specific dance segment.
Ogle noted that there is need for a separate location to stage the Mash festivities for the nursery schools to avoid the stress of having them come into contact with the confusion that can be generated around these activities.
She noted that a bigger venue is also needed to accommodate some of the extra large costumes that are submitted by some regions.
Some schools yesterday sadly cheated themselves out of winning by entering in the wrong categories, said Wyles-Ogle. Yesterday there were two segments — fantasy and topical — which saw many schools entering one segment when their costumes were better suited for the other.
Ms Wyles-Ogle added that Friday’s costume presentation was rated as ‘extraordinary’ and very eye-catching in terms of creativity. She remarked on the small viewing audience, noting that they may have grown tired of the rigours they faced to gain entry to the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall during the Georgetown Competitions.
Yesterday saw the culmination of the Children’s Mash activities which took the form of a massive costume parade through the streets of Georgetown.
However, on Friday St. Anthony’s Primary placed first in the five to seven Topical category, with Malali and Aurora Primary Schools placing second and third respectively.
The five to seven Fantasy Costume segment saw Winfer Gardens Primary taking the first spot, followed by St. John Baptist Primary in second while Port Mourant Primary placed third.
The eight to ten Topical Costume segment was won by Saraswat Primary, while Ketley Primary and Howell Wilson Community High School took the second and third positions.
In the eight to ten Fantasy Costume segment it was Winfer Gardens Primary that took the judge’s nod for first place, followed by Regma and CV Nunes Primary at second and third respectively.
Community Academy, Tutorial Academy and Malali Primary placed first, second and third respectively in the 11 to 13 Topical Costume segment.
It was Tutorial Academy that took the top honours in the 11 to 13 Fantasy categories with Winfer Gardens and Mabaruma Primary following at second and third respectively.
The 14 to 17 Topical Costume segment saw Dolphin Secondary emerging winners, followed by Charity Secondary and Enterprise Primary in the second and third spots.
Dolphin Secondary emerged the winners in the 14 to 17 Fantasy Costume segment, with Cotton Field Secondary in second place, followed by Port Kaituma at third. (Alex Wayne)
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