A number of young people on the island, who received top places in the National Co-operative Credit Union (NCCU) Youth Week Creative competitions, were awarded at a special ceremony held on Wednesday.
In April the NCCU celebrated Youth Week under the theme: ‘Wild about Savings’ which was aimed at promoting the company through young people and encouraging youth saving and financial literacy.
Three creative competitions formed part of Youth Week 2015. They were the Primary School Art Competition, the NCCU Youth Account Branding Competition for Secondary Schools and a Photo and Video Competition which was opened to youth ages 16 to 25.
“Youth Week is part of a program which is aimed at attracting more persons to join the NCCU for increasing our share of the youth market,” Marketing Officer of the NCCU, Marie-Louise Julien-Grell said while addressing the award ceremony at the company’s board room in Roseau.
According to Grell the objectives of those competitions were, “to engage young persons’ so that they could creatively express themselves on the theme and we wanted them to use medium that they enjoy, such as art, music, photography and videography.”
She revealed that the NCCU was pleased with the response of the primary schools.
“We receive 25 entries from primary school students and they came from the NCCU communities and future communities,” Grell stated. “The submissions were imaginative, they were colourful and some of the dialogue was very interesting and entertaining.”
She added, “The young persons who participated in the branding competition and the secondary schools competition they kept us on our toes.”
Reshaun Younis of the Grand Fond Primary won the Primary School Art Competition and received a cash prize of $400.
Samara Stephen of the Convent Preparatory School secured the second spot and won $250, while and Javon Azore of the Ebenezer Seventh Day Adventist Primary School placed third and received $150.
Meantime, consolation prizes were awarded to Nya St Ville of the Campbell Primary School, Roger Rolle of the Trafalgar Primary School and Abigail Fontaine of the Jones Beaupierre Primary School.
In the Secondary School Youth Account Branding Competition, Form 3-4 of the Convent High School won the first prize, while Shermya Dover of the Convent High School place second.
Nadelle George of the Castle Bruce Secondary School, secured the third place.
Consolation prizes were awarded to Janae Jackson and Jade Roberts of the Convent High School for the said category.
In the Amateur Photography and Video Competition, Jordan Jerome emerged winner, Tamika Balson placed second while Dwight Lugay secured the third position.
Consolation prizes were awarded to Aarmani Augustine, Medisha Augustine and Kervin George in the Amateur Photography & Video Competition.
In the Secondary School Youth Account Branding Competition and Amateur Photography & Video Competition the first place winners received $500, second place winners received $250, while the third place received $150.
See photos below.