Winners Awarded In District 5 COVID-19 Response Speech And Poetry Contest 

PR – The Presentation Brothers’ College made a good  showing at a COVID-19 Response Speech and Poetry Contest, which was held recently as part of  efforts to help manage the psycho-social challenges presented by the pandemic. 

In the 11 to 13 category for the speech component, PBC dominated with Zakar Cuffie placing first  and Johnathan Powell taking second place. In the 14 to 16 category, Parshawn Haynes, also of  PBC, placed first with Muneera Hamid and Princess Smith, both of Wesley College, placing  second and third respectively. 

In the 11 to 13 category for the poetry component, Elian Roberts of Boca Secondary School placed  first and PBC’s Amar’e Francis and Jahzarra Johnson of J.W. Fletcher Catholic Secondary School  tied for second place. In the 14 to 16-year-old category, Corey Boyd of PBC placed first, with J.W.  Fletcher Catholic Secondary School’s Ashanna Telesford placing second. 

Receiving honorable mentions were Rasheeda Patrice of Happy Hill Secondary School and Jael  Nedd of Boca Secondary School. 

The topics chosen for the competition were ‘COVID-19, the 21st Century Apocalypse,’ ‘Finding  Connection in Isolation’ and ‘Life Under the Mask’. Students submitted video recordings of 

their pieces and were judged in categories according to their ages. The winners were presented  with their awards at a ceremony at Norton Hall, in St. George. 

The competition was organised by Shawna Thomas- Cuffie, Clinical Supervisor for District 5  secondary schools at the Ministry of Education, Human Resource Development, Religious Affairs  and Information.  

The Ministry has extended its profound appreciation to all business entities that generously  contributed to the competition.