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St. Mary High School has emerged winners of the annual heritage debating competition for high schools in Portland and St. Mary, organised by the Jamaica Information Service (JIS).
St. Mary High and Titchfield High Schools took part in the final, which was held at the Portland Parish Library in Port Antonio on October 13.
The moot debated was: ‘Be it resolved that Gorge William Gordon as a magistrate and a Baptist preacher should not have participated in the Morant Bay Rebellion’.
The St. Mary High School team of Sandrene Dennis, Clovene Grant and Shameica Dennis opposed the moot, while the Titchfield team of Sashalee Hutchinson, Tenisha Carby and Preston Matthews supported the topic.
In addition to winning the competition, St. Mary High School also captured the best speaker award, which was awarded to Miss Dennis.
For winning the competition, St. Mary High received a major trophy, replicas of the trophy for each team member, book vouchers valued at $3,000 for each team member, and a prize of $4,000 to the teacher responsible for preparing the team. All the prizes were donated by the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPSCo), the major sponsor of the competition.
In addition, St. Mary High was also awarded a day pass by the Beaches Boscobel Resort in St. Mary for the team members and their teacher, to enjoy the facilities of the hotel on a day of their choice.
Among the prizes presented to Titchfield High School were dictionaries and mathematical sets donated by the JIS. The two best performers from St. Mary High, along with the best performer from Titchfield have been awarded scholarships by the A-Quest training organization, entitling them to 16 weeks of academic studies with that entity.
In making the announcement, Dr. Dennis Minott, Head of A-Quest and Chief Judge, said the offer would be renewable at the end of the period of study depending on the performance of the students.
Daffodil Bruce-Miller, Community Relations Officer for the JPSCo told JIS News that she was pleased with the smooth manner in which the event had been conducted, adding that she was impressed with the performances of the presenters.
The teachers and team members of both schools expressed pleasure at being able to participate in the event, and noted that their participation had been of invaluable assistance in their academic preparations, as well as in their quest to understand more about the roles that George William Gordon and other Heroes had played in shaping the history of the country.