Participants in the 2014 Schools Soca Monarch competition received their prize winnings totaling $14,500.00 from the Ministry of Culture.
Second place winner Kamron “Chucky” St Paul was presented with his $2000.00 winnings.
“Chucky” told THE NEW TODAY newspaper that he was not in any way surprised with his position in the competition since he had put a lot of work into his performance.
However, he said that now the carnival season is over and school reopens next week, the form four student of St Rose Modern Secondary School will concentrate on his schoolwork until next year.
The third prizewinner is Nathan “Nathan J” Johnson, a former junior calypso monarch who was on hand to receive his $1000 prize.
“Nathan J” is a student at the Presentation Brothers College.
Although enjoyed himself on stage, the young artiste said he is mindful of the fact that he lack confidence on stage and if not addressed will continue to affect his performances in the future.
Young “Nathan J” did not give a commitment as regards his participation in the 2015 competition.
All the other participants in the competition received an appearance fee of $500.00.
According to Culture Minister, Senator Brenda Hood, the third Schools Soca Monarch competition held at the Tanteen Netball Court was very successful and that every artiste who performed on stage did an exceptional job.
The female government minister expressed appreciation to the sponsors – Sunshine Promotions, Grenada Bottling Company, and the Grenada Public Service Cooperative Credit Union and singled out the hard work of the staff of the ministry.
“I think this year it was well produced, well executed. What I thought was that we needed to have more persons participating and more students coming out and adults recognising the contribution that these young people have for this country”, she said.
The minister reminded the young artistes to see the sky as the limit with respect to their potential and to believe in themselves and not accept mediocrity but instead strive for excellence in everything they do.
She urged the students to contribute to the development of their own community by giving back and to become motivators through volunteerism.
Minister Hood applauded the decision taken by the ministry to allow primary school students to take part in the competition for the first time although none of them made it into the final round of the competition.
Cultural Officer David “Peck” Edwards congratulated all participants and encouraged them to feel proud for what they have done for themselves, community and their schools role as part of their development.
Edwards called on the students to keep doing their best and to recognise that it is not every time they will place in the top three positions in a competition.
He advised them to start early preparation for Carnival 2015 and beyond especially those who are interested in getting involved in the artform as part of their careers.
“You are all winners in your own rights”, Edwards told the participants.
The 2014 Schools Soca Monarch competition was held at the Roy St John’s Playing Field on July 2.
A total of 20 aspiring artistes competed for the grand prizes.