STAR Cel­e­brates 30 With Stu­dents

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De­spite in­clement weather, slip­pery roads and snail-like traf­fic, Star Pub­lish­ing Com­pany opened its doors to wel­come the top three per­form­ers in the STAR 30th An­niver­sary Es­say Com­pe­ti­tion. On Wed­nes­day 14 June, 2017 the top per­form­ing stu­dents ar­rived with par­ents and other fam­ily mem­bers in tow to find out how they’d fared in the com­pe­ti­tion.

Af­ter weeks of ac­cept­ing ex­em­plary work from stu­dents all over the is­land, in­clud­ing Corinth Se­condary School, Bocage Se­condary School, Vieux Fort Com­pre­hen­sive, Anse Ger Se­condary and Leon Hess Com­pre­hen­sive, and con­duct­ing a thor­ough judg­ing process, the STAR team was fi­nally able to award the best of the best.

The top prize was awarded to Khadi­jah Hal­l­i­day, a fourth form stu­dent of St. Joseph’s Con­vent. She re­ceived a lap­top from Courts St. Lu­cia and $500 cash from First Caribbean Bank. In sec­ond place was Ariel Al­bert, also a stu­dent of St. Joseph’s Con­vent, who was pre­sented with an elec­tronic tablet from Courts St. Lu­cia and $250 cash from Na­ture’s Best. At thir­teen years old, Ariel was among the youngest of the com­peti­tors. Third place was earned by Omar Com­bie of Sir Arthur Lewis Com­mu­nity Col­lege who won him­self a smart­phone from Courts St. Lu­cia and $100 gift voucher from Na­ture’s Best.

Dur­ing the cer­e­mony the names David Dil­suk and Mya Symis­ter were also high­lighted for out­stand­ing pieces, namely Most Cre­ative Es­say and Best Re­searched Es­say, re­spec­tively.

Smiles came not only from the de­lighted and ac­com­plished stu­dents but from their ex­cited par­ents. Join­ing the cel­e­bra­tions were the Courts Se­nior Mar­ket­ing Su­per­vi­sor, Melissa Mar­ius, First Caribbean Bank rep­re­sen­ta­tive Smerna Pom­pelis and Na­ture’s Best rep­re­sen­ta­tive Jonathan Al­lain who all helped with af­ford­ing an en­joy­able prize-giv­ing cer­e­mony. A warm dis­cus­sion about the topics cho­sen by stu­dents and their rea­sons for par­tic­i­pat­ing in the com­pe­ti­tion sparked, af­ter which Omar was com­mended for be­ing one of the fair num­ber of boys who com­peted.

Co­or­di­na­tor of the es­say com­pe­ti­tion, Clau­dia Elei­box, noted that STAR Pub­lish­ing hosted the com­pe­ti­tion to en­cour­age stu­dents to read and write, which was ac­com­plished. “We are thank­ful to all the stu­dents who par­tic­i­pated. It is im­por­tant to us at STAR Pub­lish­ing that the skill of writ­ing is con­tin­ued. It takes a lot of hard to work to get ink on pa­per in the news­stands and we hope to help stu­dents un­der­stand that too.”

Spon­sors were thanked for en­cour­ag­ing the en­deav­our and do­ing their part in sup­port­ing our lo­cal youth. Kayra Wil­liams, ed­i­tor of the STAR and a judge of the com­pe­ti­tion, also com­mented on the ex­cep­tional vo­cab­u­lary of some of the stu­dents and en­cour­aged them to con­tinue to work hard, es­pe­cially in their writ­ing.

STAR Pub­lish­ing Com­pany Lim­ited will pub­lish the best essays from the com­pe­ti­tion in its 30th An­niver­sary news­pa­per sup­ple­ment at the end of June. Look out for th­ese stu­dents’ im­pres­sive work and a fea­tured in­ter­view.

From left: Star Copy Ed­i­tor Doretta Fran­cois (judge), Khadi­jah Hal­l­i­day (win­ner), Ariel Al­bert (2nd Place), Star Ed­i­tor Kayra Wil­liams (judge), Omar Com­bie (3rd Place), Star Es­say Com­pe­ti­tion Co­or­di­na­tor Clau­dia Elei­box.

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