Convent High School students shine in regional ECCB creative competition

(L-r) Sienna Andrew and Beata Vidal

Two students from the Convent High School (CHS) topped their category in a competition that saw them going against their peers from across the region.

The 2024 Eastern Caribbean Central Bank/Regional Security System-Asset Recovery Unit (ECCB/RSS-ARU) Creative Youth Competition focused on songwriting and required students to pen an original musical composition and submit a video of themselves performing their songs.

Sienna Andrew, a student of the CHS, captured first place in the 13-16 age category when she impressed the judges with her song that focused on the topic: Mental Health in Teens and Young Adults.

Her schoolmate, Beata Vidal, grabbed the second place position, while Faith Gibson of the Antigua Girls’ High School in Antigua and Barbuda took the third place. According to the judges, all of the students demonstrated their songwriting and performance talent with their respective songs on the same topic.

Head Judge of the 13-16 age category, Herman Francis of Montserrat said, “If the lyrics of these songs are an insight into the mindset of our youth, then this augurs well for the future of the OECS. The use of the different genres including reggae, rap, gospel, and soca, provided great variety.”

Meanwhile, in the 17 –19 age category, the judges selected a piece by Kamron Paul of the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College in Saint Lucia as the winning entry. Dawson Billingy and Joshua Browne of the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Community College were adjudged second and third respectively. The judges said they were utterly impressed with Kamron’s lyrics and captivating vocals in his piece about mental health in teens and young adults.

“This song passionately spells out the pain and discomfort that young boys and girls experience when a father leaves the home, leaving children behind to grieve and suffer the loss of a father-figure in the house”, said James Harrigan of Anguilla, the head judge of the 17-19 age category.

The ECCB/RSS-ARU Creative Youth Competition forms part of the ECCB’s community outreach programme.

The initiative aims to promote critical and innovative thinking and raise awareness on issues of economic and social development amongst secondary school and community college students in the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union.

The first-place winners in each of the categories will be awarded a $3,000 cash prize and a grant of $2,000 will be awarded to their respective schools.

The students who placed second will each receive $2,500 and their schools will be presented with a grant of $1,500.

The third-place winners will each receive $1,500 and their schools will be awarded a grant of $1,000.

See video of Sienna Andrew’s winning entry below.

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