JIS News

Manchester High School has emerged victorious in the Heritage Debate Competition for schools in central Jamaica. The finals for the competition, which is sponsored by the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) and the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS), were held yesterday (Nov. 29) at the Golf View Hotel in Mandeville.
Manchester High amassed a total of 99 points out of a possible 120, defeating first time participants Holmwood Technical, which scored 88 points. Last year’s champion, Munro College and Hampton settled for third and fourth places, respectively.
The schools displayed excellent research and oratory skills as they debated the moot: “Be it resolved that the Rt. Excellent Norman Washington Manley’s vision for a new Jamaica and the wider Caribbean has to a large extent not been achieved”.
Guest speaker at the function Drum Manley-Drummond, who is an attorney-at-law and descendant of Norman Manley, urged the students not to give up on their dreams. “The journey that my great-grandfather embarked on was done at great sacrifice as it was never easy in the pre-colonial era, but that did not stop him from making the effort,” he stated.
Mr. Manley-Drummond high praises for the efforts made by the JIS and the JPSCo to promote better awareness about the contributions made by the founding fathers of Jamaica.
“I believe that this is an excellent competition I must say that I do not envy the judges as all the teams that participated obviously did quite a bit of research,” he said.
For her part, JPS Community Relations Officer for Region 3, Jasmin Wright, indicated that her company believed in the nurturing of young talents, hence the collaboration with JIS over the last three years in the staging of the competition.
“This is just one of the many programmes that we support island wide that is geared towards the proper development of our students. We look forward to the continuation of the event next year,” she said.
The highlight of the day’s activities was the mounting of a special display depicting the life of Norman Manley, by the Manchester Parish Library.Alumina Partners of Jamaica, Juici Patties, Golf View Hotel, the JCDC and the Northern Caribbean University (NCU), were among the sponsors of the competition in the central region.
The JIS/JPS Heritage Debate Competition, held annually, is being carried out in all regions covered by the JIS namely; Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, Mandeville, May Pen, Port Antonio and Kingston.