10-y-o Shanae shines at Minard
Carl Gilchrist, Gleaner Writer
BROWN'S TOWN, St Ann:
AMONG A crowd estimated at 7,000 and with more than 100 schools being represented at Minard Beef and Cattle Festival in Brown's Town, St Ann, last week Thursday, it was never going to be easy for a 10-year-old female student to be noticeable, just like that.
But for Shanae Dougal, a grade-six student at Priory Primary and Infant School in Priory in the parish, it was her time to shine no matter what.
While some were busy paying attention to the animals, the numerous stalls, a bonfire roasting a cattle, among other attractions, little Shanae was declared winner of the 4H sponsored essay competition, defeating dozens of entrants in the same age group.
The quiet and seemingly shy student won the main prize of a gift certificate redeemable at Kingston Bookshop, after she penned the winning text for the essay 'The Importance of Livestock Production to Food Security'.
"I feel excited," Shanae told Rural Xpress, when asked about how she felt being declared the winner.
A member of the 4H movement at her school, Shanae will sit the Grade Six Achievement Test next March and has her mind set firmly on attending Westwood High in Trelawny, and on becoming a doctor.
Hyacinth Williams-Cole, 4H leader and grade-three teacher at the school, and who accompanied the 19 students from the school who attended the festival, was naturally pleased.
"Yes, I am very happy," Williams-Cole stated.
The return of the festival, after a two-year break, drew a bumper crowd and saw the launch of the National Animal Identification and Traceability System.
PHOTOS BY CARL GILCHRIST