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Columbus Prep wins elocution competition

Published:Friday | May 20, 2016 | 11:02 PM
The winners: Columbus Prep School students (from left) Ariane Bignall, Ajanae Boswell (the presenter), Kathryn Boswell, Antonique Beckford and principal Suzanne Ritchie-Brown.

St Ann

Columbus Preparatory School in St Ann's Bay, quite fittingly won the inaugural St Ann Schools Eisteddfod Marcus Garvey Elocution Competition, held at the St Ann Parish Library on May 16, defeating five schools in the process.

Columbus emerged ahead of Steer Town Primary and Junior High, presenting on the topic: 'A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots'.

All-age and secondary schools from the central region of the parish were invited to attend, with Lime Hall primary, Priory Primary and Infant, Discovery Bay All-Age, and Ferncourt High also participated. Each participant presented for three minutes.

Patron of the St Ann Homecoming and Heritage Foundation and Custos Emeritus of St Ann, Radcliffe Walters, says that the competition is modelled off the Marcus Garvey Speech Eisteddfods staged at Edelweiss Park and across the island in the 1930's.

Judges included Franklin McKnight, editor North Coast Times, and James Walsh, past principal of Brown's Town Community College.

The competition is put on by the St Ann Homecoming and Heritage Foundation, in association with St Ann Parish Library and Jamaica National Building Society.

Carl Gilchrist