The CARICOM Energy Unit has presented prizes to two Guyanese students, Sasha Woodroffe and Siddharth Lakshan Ramessar, who entered competitions that were held in observance of CARICOM Energy Month (CEM) 2017. The simple presentation ceremony was held at the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana on 7 May, 2018.
Sasha, currently a student at the University of the West Indies, won the Tertiary Award as well as the Golden Pen Award for the Best Overall Entry in the Youth Essay Competition. Her prizes are a laptop and a golden engraved pen. Her father, Mr. Brian Woodroffe, collected the prizes on her behalf.
Secondary and tertiary students were invited to express their vision through written essays or letters justifying the need to advance the Region’s sustainable energy transition, and their vision for how their country could support this transition.
Kiziah Soverall, of Bishop’s High School in Tobago, won the first prize in the 10-12 category of the competition, while Ariel Albert of Saint Lucia’s St. Joseph’s Convent, won in the Grade 7-9 category. They won laptops for themselves, and laptops and multi-media projectors for their schools.
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Siddharth, of Ermsville Primary School in Guyana, placed third in the Young Energy Artist Competition and he won a Wacom Tablet.
That competition was open to students 12 years old and under and they were asked to show their creativity by responding to the topic: ‘Energy, for the planet and for my community’.
Naomi Allard of Grenada’s St. Andrew’s Methodist School, won the first prize – an ipad – in the Competition, while the first prize phone for parent or teacher went to Kenson Baptiste, also of Grenada. Second place winner is Alyssa Blanco of Compassion, in Belize, who won a Samsung Tablet.
CARICOM Energy Month is observed every November and aims to raise awareness about the Community’s pursuit of sustainable energy. Last year, the theme was RE-Thinking Energy. The Youth Essay and the Young Energy Artist Competitions were two of the activities held to mark the Month.