Young Lead­ers 2015: Choiseul Tops Again

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By

Gwyneth Hockey

The Royal Bank of Canada rec­og­nized the ef­fort of hun­dreds of sec­ondary school stu­dents for their prac­tice in lead­er­ship dur­ing the RBC Young Lead­ers Awards Cer­e­mony that took place on Thurs­day June 11, 2015 at San­dals Hal­cyon. To date, this flag­ship youth devel­op­ment pro­gramme of RBC Royal Bank has been run­ning for 32 years across the Caribbean.

The 2014/2015 ad­dressed theme was Dig­i­tal Cit­i­zen­ship - Re­spon­si­bly Nav­i­gat­ing Tech­nol­ogy. Schol­ars were chal­lenged to be­come ad­vo­cates for re­spon­si­ble dig­i­tal cit­i­zen­ship through the pro­mo­tion of tech­ni­cal/ and or so­cial skills that would en­able oth­ers to be suc­cess­ful and safe in the in­for­ma­tion age.

Pupils were asked to de­velop strate­gies that could pre­pare in­di­vid­u­als for living and learn­ing in a tech­nol­o­gyrich so­ci­ety. Their projects were to help oth­ers un­der­stand the need for per­sonal re­spon­si­bil­ity as it per­tains to their on­line uses and em­power mem­bers of their school and com­mu­nity to make ap­pro­pri­ate, eth­i­cal de­ci­sions in the on­line world.

Ex­am­ples of some of the ap­proaches un­der­taken were the cre­ation of an app named ‘Tem­pus’ by St Joseph’s Con­vent that pri­or­i­tized in­di­vid­u­als’ time on­line; posters and bill­board de­sign on the sub­ject by Plage Sec­ondary; Ge­orge Charles Sec­ondary pro­duc­ing a video; Ciceron Sec­ondary an edu-game CD; St Mary’s Col­lege a Face­book page, web­site and var­i­ous other me­dia; Gros Islet Sec­ondary in­vent­ing a Mas­cot; Choiseul Sec­ondary form­ing a work­shop, com­mu­nity drive, leaflets and chang­ing of school pol­icy; Soufriere Com­pre­hen­sive pro­duc­ing a mu­sic video and tech day; and En­trepôt Sec­ondary hold­ing talks and con­fer­ences for both schools and par­ents.

The stu­dent mem­bers of the young lead­ers group of their re­spec­tive schools all ex­uded con­fi­dence when speak­ing of their ex­pe­ri­ence with the task, all ad­mit­ting it was not an easy one.

This year’s guest speaker was Ra­dio St. Lu­cia jour­nal­ist/ host Shel­ton Daniel who shared his in­sight on lead­er­ship: “When I look at the projects you have un­der­taken, I tell my­self that lead­er­ship is some­thing; too of­ten we have too nar­row a fo­cus on lead­er­ship; we al­ways be­lieve that lead­er­ship is about the Prime Min­is­ter and about the min­is­ters and about the gover­nor and the pas­tor of the church and the manager, when there is a leader and should be a leader in each and ev­ery­one of us.” Daniel also gave en­cour­age­ment to stu­dents to con­tinue lead­er­ship out­side the pro­gramme and sug­gested the ju­niors use tech­nol­ogy for cit­i­zen jour­nal­ism to ex­pose wrong­do­ing via the cor­rect av­enues.

The most ab­stract piece was awarded to the boys of St Mary’s Col­lege and the most out­stand­ing young leader award went to Sher­vale James of Choiseul Sec­ondary School. The award of hon­our went to Ciceron Sec­ondary School. The award of ex­cel­lence was again given to Soufriere Sec­ondary which has been in re­ceipt of this award for two con­sec­u­tive years. The award of distinc­tion pre­sented by Gover­nor Gen­eral Dame Pear­lette Louisy went to Choiseul Sec­ondary who have im­pres­sively won first place for four con­sec­u­tive years.

With the teach­ers’ awards, first place went to Ciceron Sec­ondary, sec­ond place to Soufriere Com­pre­hen­sive and third place to Choiseul Sec­ondary.

The Judge award went to Nurse Pa­tri­cia James.

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