Golden Girl Charlée Gittens Writes Her Way To The Top
Barbadian student, Charlée Gittens, penned her way to a gold award in the 40th International Letter Writing Competition for Young People. Making an impassioned plea to mankind to protect forests by highlighting the many ecological and environmental problems that result from deforestation, the student of Harrison College, tied with Wang Sa of China to win the 2011 contest.
This is the third time in four (4) years that an entry from Barbados has been recognized in this global competition organized by the Universal Postal Union. Last year, Chrystal Hippolyte placed third and in 2007, Justin Ward, received a Special Mention and placed fifth.
On World Post Day, October 9th 2011, Attorney General and Minister of Home Affairs, the Honourable Adriel Brathwaite presented Miss Gittens with her gold medal and other gifts from the Universal Postal Union in a short presentation ceremony at the General Post Office. While on Monday, October 10th 2011, at a prize-giving ceremony in the Post Office’s Conference Room, Postmaster General, Mr. Joel Brathwaite, presented the student with a trophy from the Barbados Postal Service (B.P.S.); the winner’s prize of a Dell Laptop Computer, sponsored by the Insurance Corporation of Barbados Ltd. was presented by Mr. Hayden Downes, the company’s Commercial Lines Manager.
Placing second was Tiffany Belle of Combermere and third was Shacora Boyce of St. James Secondary School. Shawaana Harris of Harrison College and Cheryse Greenidge of Christ Church Foundation School placed fourth and fifth respectively.
Chief Education Officer (Ag.), Mr. Laurie King, was the guest speaker. He was joined by Mrs. Lucene Wharton-Isaac, Permanent Secretary – Ministry of Home Affairs, to present the runners-up with their trophies and Cave Shepherd gift vouchers sponsored by the Barbados Postal Service.
For the 41st International Letter Writing Competition, participants are asked to: “Write a letter to an athlete or sports figure you admire to explain what the Olympic Games mean to you.”
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