Canada-Barbados Environmental Essay Contest Winners Announced

$4,000 Cash Awards Won by Barbados Students

Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary announced the six top winners of the 2011 national Canada-Barbados Environmental Essay Contest on Saturday, March 19, 2011. Nearly 60 essay competitors entered the contest. Awards were split into two age categories.

Students were invited nationwide to write a 300-500 word essay about “Why is the environment important to Barbados?” Entries were judged on originality, creativity, articulation and strength of expression in addition to usual composition requirements.

“It was inspiring to read the essays from students throughout Barbados,” said an official with the Sanctuary. “Under the guidance of their teachers we saw these students produce remarkable and passionate essays about why Barbados needs a healthy and diverse environment.

“We received many creative and thoughtful essays but these winners embraced the idea of personal responsibility when it came to preserving the environment. We are especially impressed with how young people in Barbados are acutely aware of how our quality of life and financial health are dependent on the environment.”

The Winners!

Barbados Free Press will be publishing each one of the winning essays over the next few weeks and we’ll link to the names when we do. We are tremendously enthused by what we’re reading. These students are the future, and the future leaders, of Barbados.

We’d also like to express our deep appreciation for the folks at the Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary who brought this contest to fruition with their ideas, hard work and, yes, money. We’re proud of all the students and teachers who participated – not just the winners. If we all work together we CAN change the consciousness of this nation.

Good for you, young people! You give us old folks hope for the future.

Age 9-13 Winners:

  • 1st Place and $1,250: Kiara Smith, Providence Elementary School
  • 2nd Place and $500: Jade Griffith, Wills Primary School
  • 3rd Place and $250: Phoebe Vieira, St. Winifred’s School

Age 14-18 Winners:

  • 1st Place and $1,250: Dudley Ellis, Harrison College
  • 2nd Place and $500: Shan Bovell, The Lodge School
  • 3rd Place and $250: Juwayriyah Nana, Harrison College

Honorable Mentions Ages 9-13:

  • Mohammed Nana, Wesley Hall Junior School
  • Rhea Campbell, The Ursuline Convent School
  • Rebecca Clarke, St. Winifred’s School

Honorable Mentions Ages 14-18:

  • Michaela Welch, The St. Michael School
  • Jade Forsberg, The Codrington School
  • Jakita J. Connell, Queen’s College

You can read all of the winning essays at the Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary website: CBEYA 2011 Essay Contest Winners


Filed under Barbados, Education, Environment, Wildlife

2 responses to “Canada-Barbados Environmental Essay Contest Winners Announced

  1. Public Primary School Graduate

    I find the allocation of the prizes for the essay competition rather biased. All of the 9-13 students originated from ‘private’ primary and secondary schools. Was this competition made available in the public schools? This reeks of colonial tampering to crown the ‘few priviledged’ the ‘pesudo-transition’ of Barbadian society is reflected in this ‘selection of winners’. I am aghast.

  2. GHNS

    Public Primary School Graduate: You are misinformed. ALL schools were sent written invitations, twice. Publicity and entry rules for the Essay Contest were directed to all students nationwide. It was in the news and on the web. We made sure we formally informed appropriate government officials about the contest as well.