Excitement mounted and shouts of accomplishment engulfed the Grenada Trade Centre as the Presentation Brothers College was announced the winner of the 2012-2013 RBC/RBTT Young Leaders Award of Distinction.
The Grenada Trade Centre was packed to capacity with students and teachers who participated in the competition.
St Rose Modern Secondary School copped the Judges Award; Most Outstanding Young Leader – Alex Biessassar of Beacon Secondary; Award of Honour – St Joseph’s Convent St George; Award of Merit – St Mark’s Secondary; and Award of Excellence – Beacon High School.
Champa Rampersad-Barnes, Area Vice President, RBTT Bank Grenada Limited says the theme of this year’s project – “Be the Change” – urged students to take responsibility for their actions and to become the change they want to see in the world.
Rampersad-Barnes encouraged students to assume the responsibility of influencing the mindsets, attitudes and behaviour of their schoolmates and members of their communities.
She identified the students as winners in their own right.
According to Rampersad-Barnes, the projects submitted by the 17 schools and 571 students on the island surpassed their expectations.
“So I am so proud to say that in your projects we saw strength of mind and body,
strength of team work, strength of innovative thinking …. and most of all strength of commitment and courage. Young leaders you are truly amazing”, she told the students.
Rampersad-Barnes reminded the students that there are approximately one billion youths living in the world today, which means that approximately one person in five is between the ages of 15 and 24 years as she encouraged them to use this advantage to influence change.
“Eighteen percent of the world’s population is young people. Your large numbers give you a unique opportunity to influence the society in which you live. I urge you to use this opportunity in a positive way … You not only have the power to change behaviours, you can also influence economic growth”, she said.
The 2012-2013 Young leaders participants now join more than 150,000 RBC young leader ambassadors throughout the region who have taken part in this annual leadership programme.
“You have also joined a winning program that has over the years received many accolades with the most recent being the 2012 Community Social Excellence award from the Grenada Chamber of Industry and Commerce that was awarded to RBTT Bank Grenada Ltd for the young leaders program. So each and every participant has been a winner from day one”, said the female RBTT boss.
Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Andrea encouraged the students to “be the change they want to see”.
Judge Desmond La Touche of the T.A Marryshow Community College (TAMCC) also commended the students for the quality of their presentations this year.
Stating that the presentations were of a very high quality, and that the students exhibited proper organisational skills and implementation, he noted that there were improvements in the concepts and artistic designs developed by the students.
La Touche told the RBC/RBTT organizers that the Young Leaders project has definitely borne good results and the one this year has superceded those of the previous years.