Raziah Ahmed acting President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, receives Talented Teens

Her Excellency Raziah Ahmed acting President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, received the finalist of The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago Talented Teens Scholarship Programme, on a courtesy call on April 7, 2015.

At the onset of the meeting Ms. Princes Keith who is the Chair of the Programme explained to the President the aims and objectives of the Programme was select talented teens throughout the country who can go on to represent the Republic at the international competition.  She further explained that the panel visited a number of schools throughout the country to hold auditions directed to the selection of the most talented teens.

Her Excellency enquired about the inclusion of older persons in the Programme and was informed that it has happened in the past.  However, the current focus is on the youth of the nation to demonstrate the many positive possibilities that can be attained.

Acting President Ahmed advised the students about the importance of balancing their academic studies with their artistic pursuits as one should always have in place a backup plan should one’s primary objective fall short.  She stated that the only way to ensure the possibility of a subsequent career is through the attainment of a good educational foundation.  The President sited the fact that today, many clubs to which professional sportsmen belong ensure their athletes attain a college degree and provide private tutelage to assist them along the path.

Some of the students expressed their appreciation for the words of advice given by Her Excellence and confessed that at times they focused more on their artistic talent and not their areas of academia.

The following is the list of the finalist:




Arlcia Alexis Dance St James Secondary
Christon Andell Voice/Acting St James Secondary
Jevanni Clairmont Instrumental (Pan) St James Secondary
Navita Balkissoon Dance Iere High School
Highness Edmund Dance Iere High School
Curtisha Millette Vocal Iere High School
Alysha Wilson Dance Iere High School
Asher-Sade Borde Drama Arima North Secondary
Jillian Smith Drama Arima North Secondary
Fayola John Drama Chaguanas Secondary
Rondell Mungal Vocal Naparima Boys’ High School
Anjali Persad Dance Rio Claro Secondary
Kadeisha Prime Dance St Madeline Secondary
Patrice Richardson Vocal Pleasantville Secondary
Laura-Lee Seales Dance St Joseph Convent San Fernando