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PINEHILL Awards Students for their Creative Skills

December 14, 2016

PINEHILL RECENTLY celebrated World School Milk Day by awarding five primary school students for their writing and drawing prowess.

The annual initiative is celebrated globally in conjunction with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). For the past four years, Barbados’ lone dairy processor has been creatively educating students on milk’s benefits by challenging them to write on a variety of topics. This year also represents the second year that a design component has been added to the competition. PINEHILL’s Category Manager Shari Boyce travelled the length and breadth of Barbados personally to ensure that each of the winners received their prizes of one tablet and one thousand dollars for their schools.

Since the competition’s inception, students from the St. Peter-based school All Saints’ have been submitting winning essays. This year was no exception and the school was able to produce not only one but two winners in Danika Antoine and Danielle Broome of Class 1 and 3 respectively.

Teacher at the school, Gregston Vaughan notes that it is a pleasure to assist the students in perfecting their essays year after year.

“Daniella and Danika’s win is not just for them. At All Saints, we celebrate as a team; this is a win for the entire student body. I was quietly confident as many of the students looked beyond the nutritional benefits of milk and used their creativity,” he said.

He also stressed the importance of parental involvement to student success.

“Gone are the days when a parent drops off a child, only to pick them up in the evening. The teacher-parent relationship at All Saints’ is very good. As teachers, we play our part and encourage parents to lend their support at home as well. Our teachers and parents work on shift.”

Over at St. Stephen’s Primary, Head Girl Juelle Roach took home the top prize in the Class 4 Category. The avid reader of Hardy Boys books and the Nancy Drew series said her essay was inspired by her love for sports.

“My essay was about being an athlete and having forgotten my water bottle, used milk to fuel me throughout the race,” she said.

Class 2 essay winner Shakayla Edwards hailed from the Gordon Walters Primary. The eight year old intends to use her new tablet for homework.

In a lane by herself, the lone design winner Soleil Walcott-Corbin represented West Terrace Primary well. Citing her win as a feeling of both nervousness and excitement, she advised prospective competitors to consistently give of their best.

“I would tell other students to give of their best at all times. Winning is great but it is even more important to do your best.”

CAP. 1 (from left) PINEHILL’s Shari Boyce presents to Class 2 winner Shakayla Edwards of Gordon Walters Primary. They are joined by Principal of the School Tyrone Marshall.