May 21, 2006 – V.I. high school students – and their teachers – took home nearly $20,000 worth of prizes over the weekend in the annual Laws of Life essay contest.
Winners basked in the spotlight during ceremonies Saturday at Government House, Christiansted, and Sunday at St. Peter Great House Estate and Gardens, St. Thomas.
It was the sixth year for the contest, which is a joint effort by the Peter Gruber Foundation and the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands. Globalvest Management Company funds the contest.
Essentially a character education program, the Laws of Life is designed to get students thinking about their life values and expressing their thoughts in writing. English teachers present the program as part of their class work.
Separate contests were held this year in three public high schools: St. Croix Central, Ivanna Eudora Kean and Charlotte Amalie. And for the first time, ninth-grade students at St. John's Julius Sprauve School participated in the contest.
First place in each grade is $500, second place, $250, and third place, $150. Additionally, three students in each grade at each school receive honorable mention prizes of $50. Teachers of first- to third-place students also received cash awards of $250, $150 and $100 respectively.
Some of the first-place winners will appear on "Face to Face" on WTJX at 8 p.m. June 7.
You can read the winning essays here.
The 2006 winners are:
Julius Sprauve School (9th grade only)
–1st Shakwana Albert
–Honorable Mention Shania Dawson, Dia Otto
Central High School
–1st Kia Griffith
–2nd Malik Graham
–3rd Richard Allen
–HM Stephanie Sanchez, Shemelle James, Karina Austin
–1st Zarai Quinones
–2nd Michelle Rivera
–3rd David Mohammed
HM Leshell Gumbs, Elba Mendoza, Brettanny Charles
–1st Elias Encarnacion
–2nd Christy Griffard
–3rd Cheraine Christian
–HM Jewelle Ible, Adeliah Nero, Jamila Mills
–1st Oonijah Thomas
–2nd Alicia Peterson
–3rd Mahalaya Milligan
–HM Margarita Velez, Clinton Parris, Michaela Ponce
Charlotte Amalie High School
–1st Shinnola Alexander – Gayle Benjamin
–2nd Akai Charleswell – Valarie Horsford
–3rd Lindeon Davis – Gayle Benjamin
–HM Kai Leader, Joette Melendez, Michele Carty
–1st Mario Efrain Stout – Lontine Jones
–2nd Peaches Ostalaza – Antis Birmingham
–3rd Dulani Hill – Antis Birmingham
–HM Bianca Moscia Harley, Cassandra Benjamin, Odari Thomas
–1st Anson Heskey – Nigenda Griffin
–2nd Nadora Bastien – Valarie Horsford
–3rd Andrew Brooks – Erma Skelton
–HM Melissah Berry, Shemura Bonelli, Khalil Al-Arefi
–1st Emily Burton
–2nd Camroy Liburd
–3rd Andrea Dorsey
–HM Teshelle Zamore, Lavin Hadley, Curice Paulus
Ivanna Eudora Kean
–1st Aletia Hodge
–2nd Shari Chryss Alfred
–3rd Jemica Gumbs
–HM Urbenna Joseph, Tiana Brown, Emmanuel Horsford
–1st Joshua Jno-Pierre
–2nd Angelica Claxton
–3rd Chantel Christopher
–HM Gerard Wiley, Shanique Frederick, Sandy Bellot
–1st Jenae Richardson
–2nd Celia Nurse
–3rd Lynae Fredericks
–HM Adrianne Crooke, Maive Jackson, Kamilah Johnson
–1st Latisha Ramsey
–2nd Ashton Thomas
–3rd Annella Hollsborough
–HM Abony James, Edward Polanco, Ahijah Wade
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