Providenciales, 05 Mar 2015 – The Department of Mental Health and Substance Dependence (DMHSD) hosted its first annual Youth Expression: Essay, Rap and Poster competition under the theme, “Help for today, hope for tomorrow”. The event was held on Monday, March 02, 2015 at the Gustavus Lightbourne Auditorium, Providenciales.
Dr. Alicia Malcolm, Director, DMHSD stated “The event was aimed at creating awareness about the important public health issue of underage drinking and to encourage individuals and families to get help for alcohol or drug related problems.
“All in attendance were fortunate enough to witness an array of talented performers who showcased not only their artistic ability, but also demonstrated their leadership in the fight against alcohol and drug abuse.”
Winners for the various categories were a follows:
Category 1 (Grades 2 & 3)
1st Place- Jonathan Hosey (Shinning Stars)
2nd Place – Xavier Malcolm (Ona Glinton Primary)
3rd Place – Samarii Missick (Ona Glinton Primary)
Category 2 (Grades 4-6)
1st Place- Daveon Durham (Enid Capron Primary School)
2nd Place- Fredline Morency (Enid Capron Primary School)
3rd Place- Raheem Hall (Iris Stubbs Primary School)
1st Place- Rashaundra Cooke (Marjorie Basden High)
2nd Place- Claudenise Jean (Marjorie Basden High)
3rd Place- Htenneb Williams ( Wesley Methodist School)
1st Place- Luywine Francis (H J Robninson High)
2nd Place- Joel Occius (Marjorie Basden High)
3rd Place- Natalia Rigby (Marjorie Basden High)
Judges included: Bennett Williams, Charlotte Chapman and Dwight Outten- Art Competition,
Lynette Higgs, Tatianna McTaire and Edwin Taylor-Essay Competition
and Romaine Pinnock, Twiston Forbes and Sophia Thomas- Rap Competition.
Contestants were judged in general for creativity, originality, interpretation of the theme and overall presentation.
The Department wishes to thank all the schools that participated and everyone who helped to make the event a success.
Special thanks also goes out to the following sponsors:
Do It Center, Caribbean Management, Islandcom, Provo Water, Lew 1 Shipping, First Caribbean, K K & T Rentals, and Royal Jewels
For highlights of this event, visit the Department’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TCIDMHSD. Or should you wish to contact us via telephone we can be reached on the following numbers: 338-3613-Grand Turk, 338-4737- Providenciales, 338-6301 South Caicos.