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'I Love My Light' Dance Competition Powers Up Jamaica

Published:Monday | February 23, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaviot Kelly

High-school students are this month showing off their dancing skills in the 'I Love My Light' High-School Dance Competition endorsed by the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) Foundation.

The inaugural staging of the competition is open to the 15 high schools that are a part of the islandwide JPS Foundation's Energy Clubs. These are St Jago, Innswood, Cumberland, Merl Grove, Tarrant, Clan Carthy, Morant Bay, Oracabessa, Ferncourt, William Knibb, Muschett, Herbert Morrison, Rhodes Hall, St Elizabeth Technical, and Garvey Maceo high schools.

The teams from each school will attempt to dance their way to the grand prize of J$100,000 in cash and prizes, along with a performance on a national TV show.

Second- and third-place winners of the competition will also receive $50,000 and $25,000 in cash and prizes, respectively. The students will perform a dance routine to the I Love My Light song, which was produced by Trevor Off-Key, also known as DJ Bambino. As of February 27, persons can catch the dances online and vote for their favourite at the JPS Foundation Facebook page ( until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, March 1. The catchy tune forms part of JPS' national energy-conservation campaign as it speaks to managing one's energy consumption and promoting energy efficiency. The combined points of online voting and judges' scores will determine the winners.

JPS Foundation's Energy Clubs programme was launched last November, as part of its focus on energy education and innovation. The programme also aims to assist the participating schools to manage their energy consumption.