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Corinaldi Primary sparkle in int'l poster competition

Published:Friday | May 27, 2016 | 12:00 AMOkoye Henry
The winners of the2016 World Plumbing Council International Poster Contest proudly show off their winning posters in company of their teachers. From left are art teacher Dane Julius, Vice-Principal Barbara Scarlett, third-place winner Prudent Salmon, second-place winner Neil Graham, first-place winner Adrianna Allen and assistant art teacher Donette Salmon.

Corinaldi Avenue Primary School in Montego Bay, St James, is beaming with excitement after being recently crowned the winner of the top three prizes in the 2016 World Plumbing Council International Poster Contest.

The posters of Adrianna Allen and Neil Graham, both of grade four, and Prudent Salmon of grade three beat more than 300 entries from nations across the world to cop first, second and third place, respectively, in the annual online contest.

"It was all about depicting the importance of plumbing and water, as well as the fact that millions of people worldwide do not have access to clean water or proper sanitation," Donette Salmon, assistant art teacher, outlined.

The Western Bureau understood that the posters submitted were numbered with no indication as to which country they originated or who submitted them. However, only two people, non-judges, had the key to the names.

After a preliminary round, ten finalists were then presented to attendees at the World Plumbing Council meeting in Warsaw, Poland. The attendees were from various nations such as Australia, China, England, Poland, India, USA, among others, who voted for the three winners.

"I feel glad and happy because I did not think I could draw so well and I notice that when you try your best, you will always be successful," said Allen.

Graham and Salmon, on the other hand, stated that he was overjoyed to know that his poster was raising awareness on the worldwide problem.

Last year, Corinaldi took home second place, while in 2014, the institution won the top prize. However, the 2013 competition saw the school scoring first and second places.

"Over the years, we have always been doing well in the competition. So when you have the dedication and support both from parents and school, we can achieve," noted art teacher Dane Julius.

Vice-Principal Barbara Scarlett noted that, throughout the years, the clubs at the school have all done well and has significantly contributed in bringing honour and respect to the institution, both on the local and international stage.

"We wish these successful students well and we hope they will continue to do us proud," said Scarlett.