The Elmore Stoutt High School walked away with the top prize of $10,000 and bragging rights after emerging the champions of the Recovery and Development Plan Competition.
The competition, which essentially provided a platform for students to give input in the governments proposed recovery plan for the territory, took place at the New Testament Church of God International Worship Centre in Baugher’s Bay yesterday.
Bregado Flax Educational Centre finished in second place in the competition and walked away with a $5,000 prize.
Importantly, the prize monies will be spent on a school project for the two top schools.
Other participants were the Seventh-Day Adventist School, Virgin Islands School of Technical Studies, Cedar International School, St Georges Secondary School, and Claudia Creque Educational Centre.
Young people must have their say
Minister for Education Myron Walwyn who addressed the function stressed the importance of the competition.
“We are very deliberate in what we are doing because we want to ensure that you the young people of the territory have a say in the recovery and development efforts that are being undertaken now,” he said.
The minister further noted that students will become the ones who will repay the territory’s recovery debts.
“Whatever loans we might get to help with the recovery, we are getting old [and] you all have to pay tax. So we want you to have a say in it and we want you to do well in school so that you can pay back that money when that time comes.”
Principal doesn’t have a say in prize money
While commenting on the prize monies given to the top schools, Walwyn said students should be the ones to decide how the funds should be spent on the schools.
He said the student body must be consulted on the best project they feel is needed at their school.
“The principal can’t tell you what to do with the money,” he said.
Perfect winning document
In the meantime, he urged the top school to pick out the best points from other schools’ presentations and use those points to perfect the winning plan.
The document will then be submitted to him and then to the government.
Premier Dr D Orlando Smith who also delivered remarks endorsed the competition, adding that he felt the competition was a ‘brilliant idea’.
The competition was judged based on several factors including innovation, creativity, feasibility, clarity among others.
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