Kareem LaTouche, Youthlink Coordinator

The Gleaner’s Youthlink hosted the 19th staging of its annual CSEC seminars on April 3, 2019. The event was established to highlight challenging topics students may face in the upcoming examination period and prepare students to tackle these topics as best as possible. Habitually, the five-segment seminar would commence in Savanna-la-Mar then on to Montego Bay. This year’s seminar saw over 400 students participating. Students also got the opportunity to compete in fun math and English competitions to win prizes, courtesy of Youthlink, and also showcase their talents as DJs. Andrea Hill,... read more

Limitless joy Student with disability finds fulfilment in culinary arts

Smiles galore as (from left) Shenelle Wise shares a photo op with her teacher, Jeanneail Shields, and classmate Keon Harris at Malta’s International Day of Happiness treat.

LIKE MANY other teenagers, Alishka Fletcher dreams of greatness. The 17-year-old student of the Randolph Lopez School of Hope is determined to become a culinary master despite her limitations. With a beam in her eyes and a broad grin, Fletcher shared the story of how she discovered her love for cooking. “My father is a chef and I want to be as good as him one day,” said the young dreamer.

Fletcher attributes her cooking skills to the time spent in the kitchen with her dad preparing meals for the family. “I love making dinner with my daddy. Most times we cook together, but sometimes... read more

Simply Sasha Project engineer shines at NFE

Dr Paul Aiken (right), dean of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, had the attention of Kevin Franz (left), senior VP at New Fortress Energy (NFE) during an LNG presentation at the campus during its recently held Research Day. Also in the photo (from second left) are Sasha Lewis, recent graduate of the UWI and now project engineer at NFE; Zoran Watkis, project engineer at NFE and recent graduate of UTech; Evan Hubbard, senior lecturer in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Technology at the Caribbean Maritime University; and Danar Royal, marine operations coordinator at NFE and a recent CMU graduate.

If the sky is truly the limit, then 24-year-old Sasha Lewis has one simple message – getting to the sky does not happen overnight. “It takes hard work, determination and believing in yourself,” she noted. “These are qualities I’ve had to apply throughout my life, to date, and especially while studying at UWI, majoring in electronic engineering, a field that would generally be dominated by males.”

It was the constant probe as to why things work the way they do that fuelled the Clarendon-born’s desire for all things invented. “I always had an interest in taking things apart to see how... read more

Young artists show off brushstrokes in World Bank painting competition

First place: ‘It’s Flora and Fauna’ by Jahiem Davis of Horace Clarke High School.

What do Jahiem Davis, Joshua Alleyne and Ryan McDonald have in common? Apart from being students of local high schools, they have an appreciation for art, an abiding love for painting, and an interest in the development of Jamaica.

The three recently secured top spots in the World Bank Group (WBG) Schools Painting Competition, held under the theme ‘55 Years of Partnership to end Extreme Poverty & Promote Shared Prosperity’. The young painters used their artistic skills to tell their story of World Bank support and resulting gains for Jamaica in various spheres over the past 55... read more

JC’s Fabian Morris tops Rita Marley Foundation Public Speaking Competition

From left: Dr K’adamawe K’nife (judge), Ms Sharayne Bennett (teacher/coach), Fabian Morris (winner), Rosemary Duncan (manager, Rita Marley Foundation).

The Rita Marley Foundation Public Speaking Competition marked its fifth anniversary with an impressive line-up of high-school orators vying for the incredible title, trophy and substantial cash.

Twelve semi-finalists met at the multifunctional room in The University of the West Indies, Mona main library for oratorical combat. The venue was bursting at its seams with a vibrant audience comprising local and international government representatives, students, parents and school officials. Master of ceremonies Dr Amina Blackwood Meeks introduced each speaker: Immaculate Conception’s... read more

PRESS RELEASE: Women’s Centre students empowered by technology tour

Bob, a humanoid robot, makes an engaging presentation to the fascination of students from the Women’s Centre Foundation of Jamaica during the International Day for Women and Girls in Science.

A GROUP of 25 students from the Women’s Centre Foundation of Jamaica (WCFJ) in Mandeville participated in a specially designed technology tour at the Northern Caribbean University (NCU) for the International Day for Girls and Women in Science.

The initiative was part of IGT Jamaica’s continued efforts to expose the students from its After-School Advantage Centres islandwide to new ideas and career opportunities in the dynamic technology industry. IGT Jamaica conceptualised the tour, seeking NCU’s partnership in the effort.

With the tour being specifically arranged on a day... read more

Student Investment Challenge to be launched

Representatives of the Mona School of Business and Management (MSBM) and National Commercial Bank (NCB) at the launch of the NCB/MSBM Student Investment Challenge. From left: Stephi-Ann Wray, administrative assistant, Mona School of Business and Management; Ruan Francis, president, UWI Mona Young Investor’s Club; Janice Henlin, director of marketing, MSBM; Tracy-Ann Spence, VP of investments, NCB Capital Markets; Dr Twila-Mae Logan, lecturer, MSBM; and Tanya Watson Francis, general manager, treasury and correspondent banking, NCB.

MONA SCHOOL of Business and Management (MSBM) has partnered with NCB Capital Markets Limited to launch the MSBM/NCB Student Investment Challenge. This is an innovative programme geared towards equipping university students with practical knowledge and experience in investment management.

The challenge, which was launched during a Young Investor’s Club meeting held last month at the Mona School of Business and Management, UWI, Mona campus, will see students participating in an equity challenge. Open to both undergraduate and graduate students of UWI, Mona, the challenge will include... read more

BDC Tour reaching youth for Christ

Students at Glenmuir High School show Kevin Downswell how to move to the music. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS

Tthe best Dressed Chicken 60 School Tour made its final stop at Denbigh High School on Tuesday, February 5, 2019. The tour landed at 20 stops, reaching more than 30,000 students from more than 25 schools across Kingston, St Ann, St James, Westmoreland, Manchester, Clarendon, St Catherine, and St Thomas.

Ultimately, young people have had the opportunity to have fun in a positive environment, while learning the values and attitudes exemplified in biblical teaching. Best Dressed Chicken Regional Marketing Manager Avadaugn Sinclair expressed that this is exactly what Jamaica Broilers... read more

‘Force Ripe’ launches high-school tour

HIGH-SCHOOLERS ACROSS Jamaica are in for a treat as Barracks Entertainment takes Force Ripe, its gripping comedy-drama, on a promotional tour to more than 12 schools.

Recently, the tour kicked off at The Queen’s School, where students were given a taste of the inspiring tale of Tiffany Palmer (played by Crystal Fletcher and alternated by Shauneca Wollery), a 15-year old who suffers abuse at the hands of her mother, Cherry (played by Belinda Reid and alternated by Jodian Findley) and stepfather (played by André Bennett and alternated by Rory Roberts). Thankfully, it is Tiffany’s... read more

Students craft futures at SVL Vision Board workshop

Students from five Corporate Area schools compose their vision boards in earnest at the first Supreme Ventures’ Vision Board Party workshop, held at the gaming company’s New Kingston office. The event was facilitated by popular motivational speaker and We Inspire Ltd CEO Cortia Bingham. The workshop was aimed at helping the teens envision the goals they wish to achieve in 2019.

Twelve students from various schools across the Corporate Area were hosted at the Supreme Ventures Limited (SVL) head office in New Kingston for the gaming company’s first-ever Vision Board workshop. The workshop, an integral part of the Supreme Ventures Vision Board Campaign, #mysupremevisionboard, is another unique outreach opportunity by SVL to expose students to creating motivational strategies that would bring them closer to their dreams in 2019.

Facilitated by We Inspire Ltd CEO and motivational speaker Cortia Bingham, the students explored their aspirations for 2019 by... read more


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