Several children were on Tuesday last presented with prizes that included books and trophies, for outstanding performances in the Linden Town Week’s essay, art and reading competitions. The venue for the simple ceremony was the Region Ten Education Department on Republic Avenue.
Primarily sponsored by Digicel, the competitions involved children from both the primary and secondary schools in Linden.
During the presentation the children were commended for their efforts, and exhorted to continue the “good work” exhibited, by officials of the Region Ten Education Department.
They were also encouraged to read more since reading was cited as the most important way to develop both comprehension and writing skills.
Winning the reading competition was Kevon Claxton, of Mackenzie High, with Jaleel James of Wismar Christianburg Secondary (Multi) in second and Shevon Cobis, of Wisburg Annexe, in third.
Two Mackenzie High School students, Raphael Hinds and Savita Kum, copped the first and third spots respectively, in the essay competition, while Julie Bacchus, of Wisburg Secondary, was awarded second.
Hinds and Bacchus chose the same topic for their essay, ‘The vision for Linden in ten years’, while Savita Kum selected the topic, ‘The resources found within Region Ten, have contributed to the development of the town.’
In the primary division, Althea Scott won with her essay, “An important person I admire in my town”, while Oriande Fraser, of St Aidan’s Primary, placed second for her piece on the “Life and work of Egbert Benjamin, Linden’s first mayor.”
The third place winner, Ornissa Gordon, of Watooka Day School, chose the same topic as the runner-up.
The Under Nine category of the art competition saw Raul Joaquin, of Christianburg Primary, and Lydia Durga, of Watooka Day School, tying for the top spot, with Isaiah Chapman, of Linden Academy, third.
Dorielle Retemyer and Niles Trotman, both of One Mile Primary, copped the first and second positions respectively in the Over Nine category of the same competition, while Joanna Fields, of the Linden Academy, was third.
In the under-15 category of the art competition, Kiethiesha Peters, of Mackenzie High School, had the winning entry, while Kevin Da Silva, of Wisburg Secondary, copped the second spot and Kevin James, of Multi, got third.
Devon Pearson, of Wisburg Annexe, gained first place in the over-15 category of the art competition, with Karen Harris, of Wisburg Secondary, in the second spot, and Raedawn Randolph, of the Linden Foundation Secondary, in third.
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