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Seaforth High cops second YGT title

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Mickella Anderson: Youthlink Writer
Following an epic first year in 2016, Kurtis Myrie’s Youth Got Talents (YGT) did not disappoint in its second staging held recently at Colonel Cove in Morant Bay. And it seems two is the lucky number as last year’s champion school, Seaforth High took the win for a second time.

First place winner, Seaforth High’s Saja Smith

Fifth form student Saja Smith whose deejay skills won the top award for his school told Youthlink, “I was going there to win but I knew it would be tough. At one point, I really got nervous.” He continued, “I performed three pieces; the crowd support was great. Winning was overwhelming.”
For first place, Saja was awarded with a cash prize of $300,000, from which $50,000 was allocated to his school. About his plans for the prize money he said, “Right now I gave my mother, grandmother, father, grandfather and I support my little brother and sister to school because my mother really has it hard so I’m just glad I can help her out.” Saja was also third place in last year’s inaugural staging of the competition. As this year’s winner, he is not allowed to enter again.
But for seventeen year old tenth grade student at Yallahs High, Valisa Miller, next year’s YGT title is ripe for the taking as her second place finish this year has put her one step closer to the win. She says “I can surely win next year…this year I won twenty thousand dollars and school supplies, it feels very good.”
Vanissa Walker and company, students at Camperdown High, walked away with the third place prize of ten thousand dollars cash and school supplies.
A total of thirteen schools entered the challenge. According to YGT Manager, Trudi-Ann Cole, “The performances were great; we went to Kingston, St Andrew and Portland this term and to see that the youths came out and did their best it was wonderful.”
Added to the masterful performances by the youngsters, the show also featured a star studded line-up including the likes of Tifa, Vanessa Bling, Zigma, Clymax and others.

Second place winner, Valisa Miller of Yallahs High

The decision to continue staging the event in the parish of St Thomas, which is the birthplace of CEO Myrie, is something Cole says is strategic. “What we’re trying to do is to get St Thomas more involved because it’s the ‘forgotten parish’ so we’re trying to put St Thomas back on the map. When we went to most of the schools in Kingston to introduce YGT, they’re like ‘where is that’, ‘where is Morant Bay’ and eventually they came here for the show and brought their supporters as well.”
Going forward, Cole says, “We’re trying to involve other counties as well. This year we’ve completed Surrey so we have Cornwall and Middlesex to go. We’re seeking sponsors; last year we didn’t get any sponsors and this year it was the same.”
To get in touch with Team Youth Got Talents, contact 319-0706 or follow them on social media
@youthgottalents. You can also email kurtismyrie@ymail.com to find out more.

Third place winner, Vanissa Walker of Camperdown High

Manager Trudi-Ann Cole (left) shares lens time with the winners