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  • Director of Production at the JIS, Enthrose Campbell, is delighted for the increased sponsorship this year.
  • The JIS has invited students between nine and 12 years of age to enter the competition.
  • In addition to the weekend for four, the students will be vying for cash prizes, trophies, gift baskets, a printer and book vouchers.

As the October 25 deadline nears for entries to be submitted for the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Heritage Essay Competition, several sponsors have come on board to participate in the event.

Director of Production at the JIS, Enthrose Campbell, is delighted for the increased sponsorship this year, noting that without the sponsors, the competition would not be happening.

“We value the contribution of all our sponsors. We are delighted to have our long time partners back with us and we welcome the new ones. It is a partnership that will definitely redound to the benefit of all,” she said.

The JIS, which is this year celebrating its 50th anniversary as the information arm of the government, has invited students between nine and 12 years of age to enter the competition and have a go at the question,  ‘What makes our Jamaican heritage special?’ in 400 to 500 words.

They have just over a week to finish up their essays and submit them to the agency. The entries will be judged on relevance to the topic, originality, accuracy, analysis of researched data, neatness, presentation style and language skills.

The Franklyn D. Resort (FDR) is once again the main sponsor for the third straight year, offering a fun filled weekend for four at the St. Ann-based family resort.

“The hotel has always benefited from the exposure which came from the JIS Essay competition and the participation by the competitors was far beyond what we expected. Our experience over the years has been very gratifying and the competition has been very well handled and promoted by the JIS,” said Assistant Sales Manager, Trishawana Davidson.

Other returning sponsors are Sangster’s Book Store; Royale Computers and Accessories; Lasco Distributors; and W.B. Trophies. In the meantime, the NCB Foundation and Grace Foods and Services are coming on board for the first time.

Programmes Administrator, NCB Foundation, Jascinth Morgan Collie, is pleased to be part of the competition. “One of our major areas of focus at the Foundation is education. We try to help build the communities we serve and encourage the youth through our education programmes,” she said.

“We are happy to be aligned with the JIS Heritage Essay Competition, because in addition to getting the students to research and learn about their past, it allows them to practise their writing skills which will serve them well throughout their studies as they do their numerous exams. We expect these outstanding students to continue the valuable trend of contributing to nation building,” Mrs. Collie added.

In addition to the weekend for four, the students will be vying for cash prizes, trophies, gift baskets, a printer and book vouchers.

Now in its third year, the competition has been opened since August 5. The application form and guidelines are to be found on the JIS website at: www.jis.gov.jm. Essays must be submitted using this application form. Students may email: heritageessay@jis.gov.jm,for further details.

The essay competition is one of several events that will mark the agency’s golden jubilee milestone this year.