Shushala Charran who represented Albouystown Nursery School in the nursery poetry category of the Schools' Mash Competition delighted the audience with her recital of the poem "Nuff Action." Her piece was the most talked about and she along with her school were awarded first place in the category.
The judges awarded second place to Shonell Nurse from the Lodge Nursery School for her performance "Hurry for School", while third place went to Aariya Persaud, representing Happy Hearts Nursery School, with a poem titled "Celebrating Six Races."
The dramatic poetry and calypso segment of the Schools' Mash Competition ended on Wednesday at the National Cultural Centre, Homestretch Avenue, a Government Information Agency (GINA) press release stated.
Children of various age groups from a number of schools in Georgetown, on the East Bank and East Coast Demerara as well as other areas recited pieces of dramatic poetry and sang calypsos. They were judged on the performances. Many of the participants performed their pieces wearing colourful, glittering costumes, which were used to reinforce their performance. The release noted that one such illustration was a dramatic piece done in the age 5-7 primary category by Peaches Jarvis representing the South Ruimveldt Primary. Her poem was called "Ms Pepper" and Jarvis was attired in a red pepper-like costume. She was subsequently awarded first place in the category. Second place went to Shaneeza Saw of F.E. Pollard for her recital of the poem "Cultural Mix" while third place went to Kenola Drayton of St Gabriel's Primary.
In the age 11-14 category, Shonette Walker of St Gabriel's Primary was first prize winner, reciting the poem "Abstinence" while second and third places went to Brickdam Secondary and St John's College respectively.
Meanwhile, in the calypso competition, at the secondary level St George's High captured the first prize in the calypso group song segment.
The children's Schools' Mash Competition, organised by the Ministry of Education, was scheduled to end yesterday with a masquerade and dance final at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.
The competition and several other competitions are usual preliminaries leading up to the main event, Mashra-mani, on February 23. Mash-ramani 2006, in observance of Guyana's 36th year as a Republic, will be held under the theme 'Showcasing a cultural mix in 2006.'