Ardenne Takes Home JCDC’s Top Honour for Sixth Straight Year

Photo: Mark Bell Co-curriculum Coordinator at the Ardenne High School, St. Andrew, Marsha Lawrence-Davids (left), receives the Marcus Garvey Award for Excellence in the Performing Arts from Public Relations and Administrative Manager for the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund, Hillary Coulton (right). Sharing the moment at centre is Interim Executive Director of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), Orville Hill. Occasion was the JCDC’s National Performing Arts Excellence Awards Ceremony held on June 14 at the Little Theatre in Kingston.

Story Highlights

  • Ardenne High School in St. Andrew has copped the prestigious Marcus Garvey Award for Excellence in the Performing Arts for a sixth consecutive year.
  • Co-curriculum Coordinator at Ardenne High School, Marsha Lawrence-Davids, attributed the winning streak, since 2012, to the students’ commitment to excellence.
  • “We are elated. The students have worked so hard over the years, and we are so proud of our students, and it is a testament that hard work pays off,” she told JIS News.

Ardenne High School in St. Andrew has copped the prestigious Marcus Garvey Award for Excellence in the Performing Arts for a sixth consecutive year.

The school took home the top honour ahead of four other nominees at the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s (JCDC) National Performing Arts Excellence Awards Ceremony held on June 14 at the Little Theatre, Tom Redcam Drive, Kingston.

Co-curriculum Coordinator at Ardenne High School, Marsha Lawrence-Davids, attributed the winning streak, since 2012, to the students’ commitment to excellence.

“We are elated. The students have worked so hard over the years, and we are so proud of our students, and it is a testament that hard work pays off,” she told JIS News.

In his remarks at the awards ceremony, Interim Executive Director of the JCDC, Orville Hill, commended the coaches and teachers for their role in preparing the students for the annual festival competition.

There were some 10,000 entries this year from basic, primary, secondary and tertiary schools as well as community groups.

Mr. Hill said the Festival of the Performing Arts is one of the JCDC’s core programmes aimed at preserving the country’s cultural heritage by nurturing young talent, attracting hundreds of participants from across the island each year.

“The JCDC arts development programme provides the platform for training, honouring and exposing the creative talent of the Jamaican people, and it is from this programme that the talents of Jamaican people are exposed at the national level and will go forward to represent Jamaica in the future. This programme is, therefore, critical for the preservation of our rich cultural legacy and heritage,” Mr. Hill noted.

The National Performing Arts Excellence Awards Ceremony recognises top performances in the JCDC festival of the arts, presenting trophies and certificates in the areas of dance, drama, music, speech and traditional folk forms.

Instituted by the JCDC in 1994, the Marcus Garvey Award for Excellence is the most celebrated award in the Festival of Performing Arts competition.

It is presented to the most outstanding group or school, and is based on the tally of points earned for medals and other awards received at the parish and national finals of the competition.

The other shortlisted schools were Charlemont and Tacius Golding High in St. Catherine; and Green Island and Herbert Morrison High, St. James.

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