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They made us proud

Published:Sunday | April 12, 2015 | 4:00 AM
Ricardo Harrison
Jodi-Ann Lewis
Marteka Jones
Mathew Finnikin
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More than 350 youth leaders from Jamaica and around the region were given a rare opportunity last Thursday to go up close and personal with United States President Barack Obama. Some of the youth leaders even had the opportunity to question Obama during the town hall meeting at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus.

Around the campus and across the island, scores of other youngsters watched while their colleagues questioned the US president, and last Friday we asked some students of the University of the West Indies and the University of Technology who did not get into the meeting to rate the performance of those who represented.

Marteka Jones - Human resource

management major, UWI

They were appropriate questions for that setting. Even before the event, reporters were giving these as topics for discussion, so yeah, they did ask and I think he answered them appropriately, given that they were on the spot. I thought that he dealt with them to the best of his ability.

Adrianna Miller - Communications, arts and technology major, UTech

Based on what I saw, I thought they handled themselves well and they represented us well as the youths of Jamaica. The questions were well articulated, the questions were ready, and they were questions that were of value. It was pretty good. And then, the president was very articulate in his speech - he was excellent.

Jodi-Ann Lewis - Culinary arts major, UTech

I felt that they really showcased what Jamaica has to offer in terms of where the youths are heading and what they think. I realise that most persons who were talking, they were looking at the long-term effects and what could be done to improve Jamaica's culture altogether, and not just Jamaica's culture, but also the CARICOM. I was actually proud, because you could hear that, even though the economy is not how we want it to be, they were looking long term on how they can make an impact from now, so that the economy can grow and become better in the future.