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Students Win Prizes for Essays on Values

May 22, 2005 – Dozens of public high school students walked away with hefty cash prizes from the Virgin Islands' fifth annual Laws of Life essay contest. Ceremonies for the winners were held this weekend on St. Thomas and St. Croix.
The character-education program is a joint effort by the Peter Gruber Foundation and the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands; it is funded entirely by Globalvest Management Company. It is designed to get students thinking about their life values and expressing their thoughts in writing.
Students at St. Croix Central High School, Ivanna Eudora Kean High School and Charlotte Amalie High School participated in the contest this year. English teachers guided the students through the process, grading the finished products as a writing assignment. The essays, minus the student's names, were then evaluated by a panel of judges comprised of distinguished members of the community.
Prizes were awarded in each grade level in each school, for a total of more than $12,000 worth of student prizes. First place in each grade is $500; second place, $250; third place, $150. Three students in each grade at each school also received honorable mention prizes of $50. Teachers of first- to third-place students also received cash awards of $250, $150 and $100 respectively.
Applauded by family, friends, teachers, and education officials, St. Thomas students received their prizes Saturday at a ceremony at St. Peter Greathouse, and Central High School students received their awards Sunday at St. George Village Botanical Gardens.
The 2005 winners are:
Central High School
9th grade
First: David Mohammed
Second: Marcos Figueroa
Third: Michelle Rivera
Honorable Mention: Martika Jarvis, Elva Mendoza, Sherlian Obeius
10th grade
First: Krystle Roach
Second: Priscilla James
Third: Gelina Green
Honorable Mention: Monique Xavier, Deidre DuBois, Mara Charles
11th grade
First: Nicole Christian
Second: Bianca Rivera
Third: Paquita Rosa
Honorable Mention: Xiomara Encarnicion, Maria Ramirez, Sherifa Petersen
12th grade
First: Shadonna Gumbs
Second: Earlein Peterson
Third: Nedra Fredericks
Honorable Mention: Noel Burnett, Claude Roberts III, Benita Randolph
Charlotte Amalie High School
9th grade
First: Anthony Nibbs
Second: Petesia Harley
Third: Jeveyne Caines
Honorable Mention: Odaria Thomas, Annette Collins, Adrihen Made
10th grade
First: Jamilya Christopher
Second: Mario Stout
Third: Kandice Herbert
Honorable Mention: Jessica Ramirez, Anson Heskey, John Bassler
11th grade
First: Shenise Edwards
Second: Elanda Petersen
Third: Chelsea Hansen
Honorable Mention: Renee Callwood, Rhashaunda Charles, Lavin Hadley
12th grade
First: Kamisha-Victoria Counts
Second: Dorothy Halliday
Third: Sherman Thomas
Honorable Mention: Amber Knight, Jonelle Brooks, Cadwell Turnbull
Ivanna Eudora Kean High School
9th grade
First: Odelmo Joseph
Second: Chamoi Frazer
Third: Larisha Lavinier
Honorable Mention: Blanche Letang, Kissian Benjamin, Kimberly Lake
10th grade
First: Renee Johnson
Second: Janae Richardson
Third: Claudia Verdant
Honorable Mention: Kristal Danet, Jedidah Morrell, Darren Maharaj
11th grade
First: Tangi James
Second: Aniecia Williams
Third: Kershen Bissette
Honorable Mention: Latisha Ramsey, Lakeesha Thomas, Nicole Mitchel
12th grade
First: Jeniece Hughes
(There was only a first-place winner)

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