Green Island High scores big in performing arts
Green Island High School and Esher Primary School were the toasts of evening at the recent Jamaica Cultural Development Commission's (JCDC) Hanover Rocks Awards Ceremony, which was held at the Bioprist Knowledge Park in Lucea.
Green Island, which has a long-standing history of excellence in the performing arts, copped the coveted Most Outstanding School Award, having taken home seven national awards in the national JCDC competition this year, as well as 14 gold, 11 silver and seven bronze medals at the parish level.
Veteran Green Island High School drama teacher, Shaurna Miller, was also honoured with the Hanover Rocks Special Award for her outstanding service to the development of culture in the parish.
"It is indeed an honour. I do this because I see this as a ministry; I see this as a way of reaching Hanoverians and I accept this, not just for me, but to the glory of God," Miller said in her acceptance speech.
"Green Island is the first school in the Caribbean to be doing the performing arts at the CAPE level. We take it very serious," said Miller. "Last year, for the first time, Green Island High school topped the Caribbean and was the most outstanding school in CAPE ANN the performing arts."
Aldith Stephens, a teacher at Esher Primary School, received the Most Outstanding Teacher Awards in the speech and music categories, while grade six student and national gold medallist Dontae Gordon, won the Most Outstanding Student in Music Award. Another teacher at the school, Lisa Blake, won the Most Outstanding Teacher Award in Dance.
Among the other special awardees were: Hanover JCDC chairman, Hyacinth Shakes-Warren; veteran music teacher at the Rusea's High School Celia Lewis-Reid, and Tamelia Hutchinson, a student of the Merlene Ottey High School.
The event sponsors included, Rhodes Hall Plantation, Global Photo Imaging; National Commercial Bank; Art Media Awards; Tan Tan Sweet Bite; City Optical; Lloyd Pops Garage and Auto Sales and the National Housing Trust.