Minister of Justice, Senator the Hon. Mark Golding, says every Jamaican must become involved in the work of the justice system, as this is essential in building a stable society.
“Justice is central to the goal of building a cohesive and civilized society (and)… essential to the goal of investment, economic growth, and development,” he stated.
Senator Golding was speaking at the Ministry’s Jamaica 50 Essay and Poster Competitions prize giving ceremony held on March 12 at his offices in New Kingston.
He stated that the essay and poster contest was held as part of efforts to get the public, especially the youths, to recognise the importance of the justice system and to get them involved in the Ministry’s activities. The contests were held under the theme: ‘One people, one spirit, one justice’.
A total of 28 entries, were received from students across the island, 21 for the essay competition and seven for the poster contest.
The poster competition was opened to students at the primary level, who were asked to create works of art reflective of the theme and to briefly explain the design in 500 words or less.
The essay component was held in two age categories – nine to 12 years old, and 13 to 18 years, with winners selected from each county in each age category. Students were required to briefly explain their understanding of the theme and discuss what can be done to help achieve or maintain ‘One people, one spirit, one justice’ in Jamaica.
The winner of the poster competition was Mount Alvernia High school student, Yanique Nation, who also received the top prize for the County of Cornwall, in the nine to 12-year-old category of the essay contest.
Corinaldi Avenue Primary school student, Nickallaye Gunn and Herbert Morrison High School student, Alyssa Wilks, tied for second place, with Ayssa also taking third in the essay contest.
With Yanique and Alyssa placing first and third, respectively for Cornwall, in the nine to 12 age category of the essay contest, second place went to Black River Primary school student, Lois Spencer.
St. George’s High School student, Shemar Williams, received the top prize for the county of Surrey. There were no second or third place finishers for this county.
For Middlesex, April Wilkinson and Janet Bassaragh of Effortville Primary School placed first and second, respectively, while Kendal All-age school student, Brittany Sergeant, placed third.
In the 13 to 18-year-old category, Brittany Lawrence was first for the county of Cornwall; while for Surrey, University of Technology (UTech) student, Chris-Ann Thomas placed first, with Campion College student, Khadijah Chin and St. Andrew High School student, Melissa Douglas, placing second and third, respectively.
There were no entrants for the county of Middlesex in this category.
By Athaliah Reynolds-Baker, JIS Reporter