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Jamaica 50 contest to aid schools

Published:Friday | June 29, 2012 | 12:00 AM

STUDENTS FROM secondary schools across the island have submitted designs for the Jamaica Independence T-Shirt-design competition.

The contest, which is a Jamaica 50-endorsed event and supported by the Ministry of Education, called on students from more than 250 secondary schools to illustrate what the 50th anniversary of Jamaica means to them.

The event, organised by clothing company Zedrin Limited, gives students the opportunity to showcase their talents and patriotism, while raising money for their schools.

Competition organiser Marc Morgan, founder and chief executive officer of Zedrin Limited, explained, "We wanted this initiative to be of value not just to young people, but to their communities as well, so the top designs from these talented young people will be sold in retail stores and part proceeds from those sales will go back to the schools."

Grace McLean, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Education, said the initiative seeks to strengthen and enhance the creative potentialities of our students. The competition targets secondary students and provides an opportunity for them to showcase their talents nationally.

Ten entries will be selected by a panel of local judges. Two of the 10 entries will be guaranteed to move into retail stores, whereas the remaining eight will be put to a public vote to select the third design, which will be placed in retail stores. According to Morgan, the initiative aims to raise $300,000 for the schools of the finalists.