STETHS plays host to former athlete
André Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter
A host of top local entertainers, such as Timberlee, Duane Stephenson, the Shady Squad dancers and Daseca's first lady, Raine Seville, made waves as The Gleaner Champs 100 tour made its most recent stop on the grounds of the St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) on Friday.
Eighth-grade songbird Aiyesha Edwards thrilled her schoolmates with a controlled performance that included Beyoncé's
, Queen Ifrica's
Round a Corner
and an originally penned song entitled
Love Each Other
which went over well with the audience.
Past student and fast-rising University of Technology Jamaica (UTech)/MVP Track Club athlete Nicholas Maitland provided inspiration for the youngsters, who covered every inch of space in the school's courtyard.
Maitland recently led the UTech mile-relay team to a world-leading time in the event at the recently staged Gibson Relays at the National Stadium, staving off the challenge of a fast-closing Usain Bolt.
The former STETHS standout encouraged the students to remain committed to their schoolwork and to respecting each other. He also took the opportunity to reflect on his time as a student at the institution and his experiences in pursuit of his first degree at the UTech.
Maitland's presentation was just one of the many engaging features that unfolded during the highly successful tour, as sponsors GraceKennedy, Victoria Mutual Building Society (VMBS) and LIME used the opportunity to interact with what was a receptive audience.
As has been the case at other stops on the tour, the Grace Foods booth, which offered a mixture of tasty delights for those on hand, was particularly popular with the STETHS crowd.
VMBS transformed its booth to an on-the-spot bank and information centre as students sought details on its many products, while LIME struck a positive chord with its teacher dance-off.
The mini-concert that closed out the activities was, however, the clear highlight of the afternoon, as the artistes who made the two-hour trek from Kingston could do no wrong, delivering the best offerings from their musical catalogues in tandem with Cutty and the Coppershot sound-system family.
The Champs 100 tour is being staged in partnership with GraceKennedy, VMBS and LIME in celebration of 100 years of the local high-school athletics competition and will move to the Second City next Friday, where Herbert Morrison Technical High will play host.
Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer
Daseca's first lady, Raine Seville, performs during The Gleaner Champs 100 tour held at the St Jago High School in February.