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|