Happy Hill Secondary School is the overall winner of the 2014 Dutch Lady Milk Competition held under the slogan, “From Grass to Glass”.
The competition, which was launched on the island in 2011 with essay writing and later spiraled into culinary and poetry, is aimed at developing students health and their intellectual capacity.
The closing ceremony for the competition was held last week at the National Stadium where prizes were handed out to the first, second and third place winners.
The overall winner of the Culinary Competition went to Happy Hill Secondary School while the first place for the Essay competition was taken by Jasmin Cummings of the Happy Hill RC School, followed by Shirlan Pierre of the St Andrew’s Anglican Secondary School.
First place in the poem competition was awarded to Aureon Andrews of the Woburn Methodist School.
During the ceremony a message from Friesland Campina was delivered by Lessa Peters, an Assistant Manager at Hubbards.
“We were really surprised by the amazing essays and poems you have written. Every story in its own way tells the natural goodness of the Dutch Lady Milk products. For this reason you all are ambassadors of the Dutch Lady Milk brand. You have inspired us in doing our jobs even better,” she told the gathering.
In giving an overview of the four-year competition, Manager at Hubbard’s Agency Department, Margaret Roberts said her company has demonstrated that it is interested in the development of both body and mind of the nation’s children.
“The competition has provided the opportunity for students to use their creative skills, develop good penmanship and foster good relationships among themselves”, she said.
“…Our support was encouraged with the simulating writing from the students and the delights prepared during the culinary competition. Ventures like these can produce teachers, lawyers, doctors, chefs – all of these professions can help shape the nation’s tomorrow and Hubbards is grateful to be part of this,” she added.
Curriculum Development Officer at the Ministry of Education, Pamela Courtney, gave a brief review of what transpired after the readings, essays and poems.
“The competition continues to build students’ confidence in themselves, and awaken hidden talents, talents that they didn’t know they have. Most of us who read the poems and the scripts for the essays we were left in awe. I remember vividly one of the lines from one of the poem; “Dutch lady cows graze on fresh green grass,” – that tells you their imaginative sense that they were able to use,” she remarked.
Managing Director of Hubbards, Allan Bierzynski used the occasion to officially open the 2015 competition and touched briefly on some of his own observations about the finals of the competition.
He warned that the skills learnt by the students “must not be allowed to disappear”.
“The Chefs who did the judging, the Chef who did the report are all of one gender… I would like to see some ladies wearing the Chef’s coat and the Chef’s hat, and conversely in the 2015 competition (and) I would like to see more males taking part,” he said.