Jael (pronounced Jayeeel) placed second in the 14-16 category of the regional competition while two students from the Charlestown Secondary School gained second and third in the 17-19 category (Clayticia Daniel and Uta Trish Taylor) respectively.
Advisor in the Corporate Relations Department of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (Sybil Welsh Martin) said at a ceremony to award Jael, that the mission of the essay competition is to inspire young people to reflect on issues and policies that affect the region’s survival in light of constant change, complexity and uncertainty of world events.
Ms. Martin said the 18 year old competition promotes growth of a learning and thinking culture among youth; serves as a spring board to the long term process of developing a more informed youth population and puts youth discussion and ideas at the forefront of deliberations in the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union.
A cheque in the amount of EC$1500 was awarded to Jael, while the Washington Archibald high School received a grant in the amount of EC$1000 for its role in Jael’s development.
Parents of Jael, Ms Jacqueline Flemming and Mr. Mitchel Gumbs who were present at the ceremony, expressed their gratitude both to the school and the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank for the opportunity afforded Jael.
Press Release from (SKNIS)