Karen Sudu, Gleaner Writer
SOUTHBORO, St Catherine:
IT WAS a kaleidoscope of colours which complemented some breathtaking performances in the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) St Catherine Evening of Excellence held recently at Southborough Primary School in Portmore.
The event, which showcased gold medal-winning pieces in music, dance, speech and drama, was compèred by Terry-Ann Virture, Miss St Catherine Festival Queen 2011 and first runner-up Miss Jamaica Festival Queen 2011.
The performances throughout the evening by schools, including Berwick Primary, Portmore Missionary Preparatory, Belmont Park Primary and Ascot High, were well received with the selected institutions demonstrating why they were invited to participate in the cultural expo.
The male quintet from Harrison's Preparatory School evoked continuous laughter throughout their presentation titled Miss Milly, the story of a woman whose animals were disturbing the community. Also, Cumberland High School's skilful delivery of a dance drama titled Lunch Time Entertainment received thunderous applause.
The artistic presentations were interspersed with announcements of top winners in the recently concluded parish competitions.
In the area of most outstanding items per category, Akaysha Henry, St Jago High Dance Hall Queen, copped the trophy for speech. Ascot High Black & White and A Family's Strength won for drama.
The Greater Portmore-based institution also pocketed the award for dance with Creative Folk Class five Jamdung Celebration. Adukie Bruce, Charlemont High Just A Prayer Away, topped the music section, while Orangefield Primary School won the trophy in the Traditional Folk section.
The winners in the most outstanding schools for each category were Ascot High School for drama, Belmont Park Primary School and Portmore Missionary with 10 gold medals each tied in dance, Charle-mont pocketed the award for music, while Trinity Preparatory School and St John's Primary School tied as top performers in Traditional Folk form.
Rehoboth Basic, Harrison's Preparatory, Ascot High, Little Angels Kreative Arts, Spring Gardens All-Age and Portmore Community College topped the category, Most
Outstanding School per level.
O'Neil Tobias of Ascot High copped the awards for the Most Outstanding Teacher in both speech and drama. Kerry-Ann Lawson, Belmont Park Primary and Robertha Daley of Portmore Missionary shared the award for the Most Outstanding Dance Teacher. Veronica Allen, Trinity Preparatory and Cynthia Dawkins, St John's Primary, shared the Most Outstanding Traditional Folk Teacher award.
The four zones winners were Tacius Golding High, in the Old Harbour division; Ascot High, in the Portmore division; St Jago High School, in the Spanish Town division and Charlemont High, in the Linstead division.
Ascot High School pocketed the Juici Patties trophy for the Most Outstanding School for 2012. The school's dance teacher, Nesta Murray, was pleased with his school's achievement.
"I am really, really happy knowing that we rehearsed real hard. I think we are one of the few schools that started rehearsing from the first Monday morning in September, we did our auditions, then we moved into rehearsal," Murray told The Gleaner.