Mountainside are debate champs
Mountainside Primary School in St Elizabeth took top honours in the inaugural staging of the South West Primary School Debate Competition.
The finals of the contest, organised by the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries and the Social Development Commission (SDC), took place at the Black River Parish Library on February 13, where Mountainside Primary faced off against Pedro Plains Primary to emerge the champion.
The school was awarded $50,000 and the first place trophy, with teachers Sameika Forbes and Phylicia Ebanks named best coaches.
Pedro Plains Primary, the runner-up, received $35,000 and a trophy, with third place team Black River Preparatory walking away with $20,000 and a trophy. Parotee Primary School placed fourth.
All 12 schools that took part in the four-week competition received certificates of participation with Pedro Plains Primary sixth-grader, Maurice Rowe, awarded the prize for best speaker.
Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Floyd Green, said that the competition exceeded expectations.
"I want to tell them congratulations, you are all winners. I have seen the growth. Some were timid, they took their little time but by the time they reached the finals, they were tremendous speakers," said Green, who is also the Member of Parliament for South West St Elizabeth.