Graduation ceremony for Junior Achievement

Governor General Dame Cecile La Grenade presents trophy to champion school

Governor General Dame Cecile La Grenade presents trophy to champion school

The eagerly awaited graduation and awards ceremony of the Junior Achievers 2014 took place on May 29t at the Charter Hall, St. George’s University.

The graduation and awards ceremony was the climax of an intense period of competition as twelve schools throughout Grenada created their own businesses and competed against each other to earn the coveted title of Junior Achiever, Company of the Year 2014.

Among the attendees were Governor General, Dame Cecile La Grenade, Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation & Culture, Alexandria Otway-Noel, Minister for Sports, Youth and Religious Affairs, Emmalin Pierre and Guest Speaker, Afi Ventour.

Chairman of the Junior Achievement (JA) Committee, Bernard Antoine, congratulated the students who took part and underscored the significance of the undertaking.

“These young people are the reason why everyone has made the time and commitment to be at this year’s award ceremony. Your presence is testimony that all participating in the JA program have completed something significant and which deserves to be recognized by their peers and others in the business community”, he told the gathering.

Champion St Rose Modern Secondary school with awards

Champion St Rose Modern Secondary school with awards

Antoine also made special mention of the consultants whose expert guidance was pivotal in facilitating the outstanding accomplishments of each participating company.

Minister Otway-Noel, representing the Prime Minister said, “I share with you the thoughts and sentiments of the Prime Minister that our youth are the country’s most valuable resource”.

“There is no other option but to assist them to succeed. Neither they or us should dim the light in our nation’s youth but should rather provide a sustainable environment and prospects that allow for realisation of the vision, whereby we create entrepreneurs one child at a time”, she added.

She further stated that the JA provides an invaluable partnership to Government in forging a path for the future of the nation and that all should be proud that participants have embraced the opportunity to move forward in a positive way.

Second place St Joseph's Convent Grenville

Second place St Joseph’s Convent Grenville

The female government minister concluded by encouraging all participants to continue to aim high and reach for the stars.

Guest speaker, attorney-at-law Afi Ventour of Afi Ventour & Co formally congratulated and recognized every graduate in the programme.

In an inspiring and motivating speech, she challenged students to aim to become employers and not employees; to not be content to sit and wait on hand outs but to do whatever was necessary to become capable business persons.

Ventour stressed that as an employer, she was on the lookout to employ young people who were driven and brilliant.

Citing her own case, she shared her experiences of starting her own company four years ago.

Highlighting her blueprint for success she urged the following, “Do get a good and sound education. Form good and lasting friendships. Begin now to think about being your own boss. Don’t be afraid and don’t give up when the going gets tough. Don’t blame anyone else if a venture fails and certainly, refuse to be distracted by those who may try and discourage you”.

The winner of the Junior Achievement award, Company of the Year 2014 is St Rose Modern Secondary School.




In what was one of the outstanding achievements of the exciting Junior Achievement programme in Grenada, St Rose’s ‘Tropical Madness’ company, swept the board by also being adjudged winner in four other categories including; Most Outstanding Business Plan, Trade Fair Winner, Most Outstanding Booth and Best Customer Service Company.

Their outstanding achievement, coinciding with them winning for the first time ever, deposed the previously undefeated St. Joseph’s Convent School, (St Andrews) whose ‘RecycleMania’ nevertheless achieved an amazing second in three of this year’s categories.

Governor General, Dame Cecile presented Grenada Boys Secondary School Design Tech Company, with the prestigious Sales Company of the Year award.

In recognition of St Rose Modern Secondary School’s outstanding achievement, they will represent Grenada in Cancun, Mexico, to compete in the Junior Achievement Championships.

CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank, sponsor of the business ‘RecycleMania’’ only recently signed a three -year memorandum in support of JA across the Caribbean with St. George’s University as the platinum sponsor for Grenada.

The award category of Most Outstanding Teacher went to Martin Alexander of Grenada Boys Secondary School.

The winner of Outstanding Consultant Award was Max Harleman of MacDonald College sponsored by the United States Peace Corp.

Most Outstanding Business Plan
– Winner Tropical Madness, St Rose Modern Secondary School

– 2nd RecycleMania, St Joseph’s Convent, St Andrew

– 3rd NewGen Crafts, St Andrew’s Anglican Secondary School

Most Outstanding Booth
– Winner Tropical Madness, St Rose Modern Secondary School

– 2nd Reinkarnation, Presentation Brother’s College

– 2nd RecycleMania, St Joseph’s Convent, St Andrew

– 3rd Design Tech – Grenada Boys Secondary School

Overall Winner – Trade Fair Winner 2014
– Winner Tropical Madness, St Rose Modern Secondary School

– 2nd RecycleMania, St Joseph’s Convent, St Andrew

– 3rd Reinkarnation, Presentation Brother’s College

Best Customer Service
– Winner Tropical Madness, St Rose Modern Secondary School

– 2nd Styles Unlock, St Joseph’s Convent, St George’s

– 3rd Design Tech – Grenada Boys Secondary School

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