CCSS hosts 4th An­nual Teen Splash

The Star (St. Lucia) - - ENTERTAINMENT - By Ker­wyn Cae­sar

For the fourth year run­ning, the Castries Com­pre­hen­sive Sec­ondary School (CCSS) pre­pares to host its an­nual teen DJ com­pe­ti­tion, Teen Splash. The show is very much an­tic­i­pated among the teens and this year’s show has been dubbed Teen Splash 2K14 - The DJ Spin-Off Colours Edi­tion.

The event is made pos­si­ble through the CCSS Ball Com­mit­tee (CBC Pro­mo­tions) in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Transworld En­ter­tain­ment, and is an op­por­tu­nity for teen DJs around Saint Lu­cia to showcase their tal­ent. We spoke to teacher at the CCSS, Michael Peterkin, on what can be ex­pected at the show which takes place on Fri­day De­cem­ber 12 at the Na­tional Cul­tural Cen­tre.

“The age range we are look­ing at is 13 to 19 and the event is open to all teens around the coun­try. In terms of cri­te­ria, we are try­ing to follow dee­jay­ing prin­ci­ples so out of 90 points we will be look­ing at gen­res of mu­sic, the abil­ity to mix, skills and tricks in­clud­ing scratch­ing and pull-ups, the use of mic to get ap­pro­pri­ate crowd re­sponse, and, of course, crowd re­sponse. So we have th­ese five cat­e­gories and this year we’ve added another el­e­ment called fan base. A DJ is not a DJ with­out a fan base. What we’ve done is we’ve placed the pho­tos of the dif­fer­ent DJs on the of­fi­cial event page on Face­book and we’re get­ting the DJs to en­cour­age their fans to “like” their pic­ture. The DJ who has the most “likes” on the event page will gain a bonus of ten points. So the DJs are now forced to pro­mote them­selves,” Peterkin ex­plained.

Peterkin, along with the other or­ga­niz­ers, hopes to raise as many funds as pos­si­ble to as­sist with dif­fer­ent school projects, one of which is the re­fur­bish­ment of the CCSS sick room as well as host­ing the an­nual grad­u­a­tion ball.

“We are even more ex­cited this year be­cause the reign­ing Heineken Green Syn­ergy Cham­pion, DJ Mad X, is also a two time cham­pion at Teen Splash and also the de­fend­ing cham­pion as he won the com­pe­ti­tion in 2011 and 2013. He has taken part in all of the first three edi­tions of the com­pe­ti­tion and has been very con­sis­tent by win­ning in 2011, grab­bing the first run­ner-up prize in 2012 and win­ning again in 2013. So this au­gurs very well for the com­pe­ti­tion and ob­vi­ously the show has helped DJ Mad X to get where he is right now. Mad X is now 19 so he will be look­ing to de­fend his ti­tle in his fi­nal year,” said Peterkin en­thu­si­as­ti­cally.

“I find my­self shar­ing two roles as the Chair­man of the CCSS Ball Com­mit­tee and also the gen­eral man­ager of Transworld En­ter­tain­ment, and what Transworld has done is to come on board and make this event a lot more mar­ketable and ex­cit­ing. We would like to thank our spon­sors for this year and over the years who have made this event a re­al­ity in­clud­ing The STAR.”

“For this year we have on board: Di­a­monds In­ter­na­tional, Blaz­ing 99.3 FM, The Cell, Wassup Mag­a­zine, Yo Mag­a­zine, May­ers Print­ing, and Blue Arc Con­struc­tion. Also DBS has al­ways been there for us, and The Cell will of­fer top-ups and door prizes and dif­fer­ent gifts as we are in the Christ­mas sea­son. The show starts at 3pm. It should be very com­pet­i­tive and we are en­cour­ag­ing all teens to come out to the Na­tional Cul­tural Cen­tre dressed in the colours of the na­tional flag in com­mem­o­ra­tion of Na­tional Day which is the day after. A lucky teen wear­ing the na­tional colours will win a prize.

En­ter­tain­ment will also be pro­vided by Bossla, Ch­ester, the two-time Green Syn­ergy Cham­pion, Se­lec­tor Twist and DJ Litchie. Tick­ets are on sale for $30 and will cost $35 at the gate.

De­fend­ing Teen Splash and reign­ing Green Syn­ergy champ:

DJ Mad X.

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