Gingerland Secondary wins young leaders competition

By Anastasha Elliott

The young leaders of the Gingerland Secondary School last Friday were judged the winners of the RBTT Young Leaders Competition.

For the past 25 years the RBTT Bank has sponsored the young leaders competition for secondary students, within the countries it operates.

This year’s theme was “Shaping the future – Changing Life – Embracing family members – Respecting one another.”

Each participating secondary school within the Federation was asked to complete community projects based on the theme.

Also as part of the project a debating competition was held, which the Washington Archibald High School won. Washington Archibald has won the competition for the second consecutive year.

In the overall competition the Basseterre High School placed second and Washington Archibald placed third.

Other schools that competed were the Cayon High School, Charlestown Secondary School, Sandy Point High School and Verchilds High School.

Present at the ceremony was Premier Vance Amory and other educational officials.

During the ceremony, Stevenson Manners, a former teacher, asked the females students to stand and challenged them to lead a life of abstinence.

Sasha Godet, a past young leader, and Ventour Corbie, a representative of the RBTT bank Nevis, also spoke at the event.

The ceremony was held in St. Kitts at the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank. Zanelle Claxton, one of the teachers of the Gingerland Secondary School, outlined the school’s project and its components.

She said that the competition was launched last October. However, the students did not begin working on their project until the second term of the school year.

One idea the students implemented was that of a mentoring program, for grade 5 and 6 students of the Gingerland Primary and St. John Primary schools.

The students also produced a magazine “Unlocking the Future,” and hosted a talk show based on topics — drugs, violence, domestic abuse and health — associated with the theme.

The talk show was called ‘But seriously … Our Future Starts Now.”

They also held a week of activities.