by Carpet Media
February 16, 2010
Saint Lucian Student Cops First Prize in OECS Essay Contest
February 24, 2012 09:40 AM ESTviews: 8
Marknyl Thomas of St Mary's College has made Saint Lucia proud by capturing first prize in the 11th Annual Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Essay Competition, hosted and sponsored by the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB).
For his achievement, Marknyl was awarded a $2,500 cash prize and a grant of $1,500 will be awarded to his school. He was also rewarded by the Caribbean's leading communications company, a sponsor of the competition. LIME visited the Vigie school last Thursday to present Marknyl with a brand new ThinkPad Edge E420 laptop.
The OECS Essay Competition is aimed at encouraging critical thinking and raising Caribbean secondary school students' awareness of issues of economic development. It is part of the ECCB Community Outreach Programme and is open to secondary schools in the eight Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) member states.
The 2011 competition attracted 215 entries from schools across the ECCU.Students were presented with six topics from which to choose and write an essay. The essays were assessed for "content, soundness of points, logical development, knowledge of the subject, command of language and presentation." The topics were selected from submissions by representatives from the public and private sectors within the ECCU.
The contestants were judged in two categories, ages 14-16 and 17-19. St Lucia's Thomas emerged as winner of the 14-16 category. He wrote on the topic "The role of entrepreneurship and private sector development in the growth of the region's economies: What is being done and what more can be done to facilitate the growth of entrepreneurship and private sector development in the region?"
Vanessa Williams of the Grenada Seventh Day Adventist Comprehensive School won the second prize in that division. Ezbai Francis of the Vieux Fort Comprehensive School took second place in the 17-19 section, making it double success for Saint Lucia. Jhovan Daniel and Azrudee Lindsey, both of Montserrat Secondary School, captured the third place in both categories.
LIME Managing Director for Saint Lucia and the Eastern Caribbean, Lawrence McNaughton congratulated all the winners in the competition. Commending the ECCB for its efforts at raising awareness on issues of economic development among Caribbean students, he cited LIME's support for education over the years, as well as its recent introduction of the low-cost FLIPtop computer as proof of the company's commitment to making affordable learning technology more accessible to children.
"It represents our determination to remove the barriers to internet access and education by giving the region's youths the opportunity to learn how to access educational resourses that will help boost their academic performance and make their school life much easier. We believe it's important to do our bit to help create a knowledge-based, information and technology oriented workforce that will in turn lead to better GDP results for the region and a better way of life for our people."
The deadline for the 2012 ECCB essay competition is Thursday, 30 March. Details of this year's competition are available from the ECCB website, http://www.eccb-centralbank.org or your local ECCB office.END AKISMET -->
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