Faith Tops 2013 National Letter-Writing Competition
From among twenty-one entries, Faith Corbin, a fourteen year-old student of Harrison College, wrote an engaging letter to her “Aunty” to win this year’s national Letter-Writing Competition.
Faith and six other prize winners were congratulated during a prize-giving presentation in the Conference Room of the General Post Office, on Thursday, December 5th 2013. Postmaster General, Joel Brathwaite, in his remarks commended the efforts of all participants. Noting that many young people are distracted by technology, he expressed appreciation to those who took the time to use that technology for the purpose of researching this year’s topic and then sharing their thoughts and what they learnt about water as a natural resource.
The second prize was won by Shacora Boyce, of the Frederick Smith Secondary School. Shacora, seems to have a special interest in environmental topics for she was the third-placed winner in the national 2011 competition, when the topic focused on the preservation of trees.
The third prize was awarded to Ross Haynes, of the St. Michael School. Another student from St. Michael’s, Shaquone Toppin, placed fourth. Special presentations were made to three more students: Agape Foster of Combermere, Cianidi Thomas of Coleridge and Parry and last year’s winner, Cya Layne of Harrison College.
The National Letter-Writing Competition is organized annually to encourage school children to develop an appreciation for letter-writing and to hone critical research skills. Since first participating in the Universal Postal Union’s International Letter-Writing Competition in 2005, a Barbadian entry has received an Honourable Mention (2007), placed third (2010) and was a joint winner for the first prize in 2011.
This year, the entry from Trinidad received an Honourable mention and was the only Caribbean nation recognised in the International competition, which was won by a fifteen-year-old from the Czech Republic.
For the 2014 competition, the young letter-writers are asked to “Write a letter describing how music can touch lives.”
2005: Hasan Millar, Erdiston Primary School
2006: Ivanna Bascombe, Erdiston Primary School
2007: Justin Ward, Harrison College
2008: No Competition
2009: Anas Vanzaria, Alexandra School
2010: Crystal Hippolyte, Garrison Secondary School
2011: Charlée Gittens, Harrison College
2012: Cya Layne, Harrison College