Jodi-Ann Gilpin, Gleaner Writer
Jamaica has not only been shining through Usain Bolt and the rest of the team at the IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Moscow, Russia.
The country has also been carrying the flag high at the World Olympics of Performing Arts in Los Angeles, California, United States, where the Lightning Drummers earned two gold medals, making them the world champions.
The drummers, consisting of seven students from Ardenne Preparatory School in St Andrew, competed against 53 countries at the competition which took place from July 12-27.
Principal the Reverend Myrtle Clarke said it was a proud moment, especially for the fact that the students were competing on that platform for the first time.
"We are absolutely delighted because I believe that students should not only be strong in academics, but they must also be given a platform where they can show off their skills, and gain exposure," Clarke said.
"We were even asked to participate in the opening ceremony and normally only the more established bands are allowed to do that, so it was a proud moment for us from beginning to end."
Team remained positive
Music instructor Karen Davis, pointed out that it was a rough journey. However, the team remained positive.
"There were many times I didn't want to go through with it because the cost was close to $4 million to cover everything, so that was a major challenge," she told The Gleaner. "The students displayed a good attitude throughout and even times when I felt down, just seeing how enthused they were kept me going and in the end we came out on top," Davis said.
Twelve-year-old team member Dominic McFarlene, who was a member of the team, said it felt good to be a winner.
"When I went out there I felt like a cat," he said with a chuckle. "When I saw all those people, I was really scared and nervous but we remained consistent, we did our best and now we are the champions."
Nine-year-old Joshua Billings said he went there with one goal in mind.
"I have always loved the drums, and I gave it everything and I knew we were winners," he said with confidence.