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  • Manager for the Social Development Commission (SDC), in St. James, Randy Hayle, says the agency’s recently concluded essay and poster competitions between 11 of the parish’s high schools, were successful.
  • “St. James was chosen as a pilot, with the hope being that the essay and poster competitions can be duplicated in other parishes,” Mr. Hayle said.
  • Mr. Hayle said the SDC is very grateful to all the sponsors for their support, adding that the attractive cash prizes were enticing enough to attract a lot of participants in both competitions.

Manager for the Social Development Commission (SDC), in St. James, Randy Hayle, says the agency’s recently concluded essay and poster competitions between 11 of the parish’s high schools, were successful.

In an interview with JIS News, Mr. Hayle said the competitions were geared toward the advancement of youth development in business and the strengthening of the nation’s economy, “one community at a time.”

He said that both competitions were created as avenues for students to express themselves on matters that would affect the economic policies of the nation, and for them to highlight their talents.

“St. James was chosen as a pilot,  with the hope being that the essay and poster competitions can be duplicated in other parishes,” Mr. Hayle said.

Savannah Somers of Montego Bay High School won the overall essay competition, receiving a cash prize of $20,000, while Britanny Salmon of Spot Valley High School took second place, receiving $15,000. Montego Bay High School’s Nickera Samuels finished third and received $10,000.

In the poster competition, Curtis Glennon of Cornwall College took the first prize of $30,000, while Pascale Davis of Irwin High School finished second, taking home $15,000. Rohan Sirjue of Cornwall College finished third and received $10,000.

Mr. Hayle said the SDC is very grateful to all the sponsors for their support, adding that the attractive cash prizes were enticing enough to attract a lot of participants in both competitions.

“The creative talents were simply amazing. As far as I am concerned they (the students) were all winners. They followed the guidelines to perfection and delivered big time,” he noted.

Sponsors included the National Commercial Bank (NCB), Jamaica Public Service (JPS), Sandals Resort, Caribbean Producers, J and J Pharmacy and Cars to Go Auto.