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Mount St Joseph High shines at JCDC competition

Published:Monday | May 30, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Members of the Mount St Joseph High School drama club and their teacher, Ricardo McFarlane (stooping).

Having opened its doors for the first time less than two years ago in September 2014, Mount Saint Joseph High School has wasted no time in establishing its reputation as a school of excellence in all areas of school life.

Already, its students have been distinguishing themselves on the national stage in drama, public speaking, mathematics, modern languages, the visual arts, and environmental research.

The drama club brought home several medals at the recent Jamaica Cultural Development Commission Speech and Drama Festival held at Cecil Charlton Hall in Mandeville. This second round of competition (parish finals) saw the drama society entering seven items.

The girls' group performed a dub poetry piece titled 'Future', while the boys did 'Rise'. The students won gold medals for both items, which were written by their drama teacher, Ricardo McFarlane, who also trained them.

Anna-Kay Walters, who performed 'Cuss Cuss' by Louise Bennett, took home an individual gold. Daynia-Ann Holness won a silver medal in the public speaking category, while Shakera Williams won a silver medal for Miss Lou's 'Love Letter'. Giselle Henry also earned a silver medal for a Standard English poem while receiving a merit award in the public speaking category.

The students who participated in the public speaking component were prepared by Paul Russell and Ricardo McFarlane.