Students rewarded for literary skills
Desiré Bowen of All Saints Primary, Meagan Cyrus of St Angela’s, Hailey Brathwaite of Trinity Academy and Robyn Delice of Luther Thorne Memorial were each rewarded for their winning essays after having entered Pine Hill’s World School Milk Day (WSMD) Essay Competition launched in September.
Expounding on the topic From Glass To Grass! How Did My Milk Get Here?, the lucky four each received a Samsung Galaxy tablet, a Fortress Caribbean Growth Fund Account with a $250 starting balance and $1,000 for their respective schools.
Category manager for juice and dairy Henry Yearwood and Fortress chief investment officer Peter Arender personally made the trip to surprise each of the lucky students. Stopping first at All Saints Primary, the team met an excited Desiré Bowen who shared her joy on learning of her win.
“I knew I would win! When we received the activity sheets, I immediately made the decision to enter and knew I would be successful!”
In addition to the financial investment, sponsor Fortress Fund Managers presented each of the winners with a branded notebook and pen to continue their writing efforts. Arender, in making the presentation at All Saints Primary, observed that “every writer needs a notebook”.
This was the second win for All Saints Primary, last year’s winner being Rafael Hoad of the St Peter school.
Over at St Angela’s, a shy but articulate Meagan Cyrus gratefully accepted her prize and expressed her passion for the written word.
“Writing is fun for me. I will use the tablet to read and play games.”
A member of the cross-country and swimming teams, Meagan noted that she was keen on entering the competition again next year.
Trinity Academy was the third stop for the Pine Hill/Fortress team and a pleasure for top prize winner Hailey Brathwaite. Driven by the need to inspire others, she used the competition to encourage her peers to try.
“Nobody is really getting out there any more,” she said. “Nobody is really inspired any more. I wanted to get out and show that it is okay to try. You don’t have to be afraid to try; and this is why I entered.”
Last Thursday was the final day of presentations and saw Luther Thorne student Robyn Delice completely taken by surprise. The only female at the school to have entered the competition, she was greeted by the media, and recited her essay during general assembly.
“I am proud to be the only female to have entered,” she said. “I had no idea I would win. I am glad that my mother encouraged me to enter.”
Hundreds of entries were received for this year’s competition from a wide cross section of both public and private schools. Commenting on the competition, Pine Hill rep Yearwood noted that it was important for the English Language to be preserved.
“With the advent of social and other forms of digital and mobile media, the English language is under threat. Pine Hill’s audience is young, and by initiating competitions of this nature, we are encouraging students to assist in the preservation of the English language. I was heartened by the number and calibre of this year’s entries.”
The schools also benefited from donations of milk.
This is the second year Pine Hill has hosted the WSMD Essay Competition.