Ikennah Browne, first place winner, Presentation College, San Fernando
Ikennah won scholarship assistance of $8,000, a computer and printer. Presentation College received the school prize of $4,000.
Senator the Honourable Hazel Manning, Minister of Education, chairman emeritus of the Ansa McAl Group, Dr Anthony Sabga, chairman of the board of Trinidad Publishing Co Ltd, Mr. Dennis Gurley, specially invited guests Ato Boldon, Wendy Fitzwilliam, Michael Phillips, representatives of the sponsor companies, other distinguished guests, good morning.
It is indeed a privilege for me to stand before you today and to have the honour of saying thanks on behalf of all the participants. Firstly, I wish to thank God for life and for this great blessing. I wish to thank Him also for all of you who, by your presence here today, demonstrate your support for all the participants.
I have no doubt that all the participants would agree with me when I say that taking part in the Guardian essay competition has truly been an enlightening experience. Through research on sponsor companies and by reading each others essays, many interesting facts about the economy of our twin island state have been revealed. As future economists and government ministers, this information has caused us to re-evaluate our views on the economy of this country. It has allowed us to see what roles we as students and young adults should play in the development of our nation, as Trinidad and Tobago seeks to attain First World status by the year 2020.
On behalf of the participants I would like to express our sincere gratitude to the sponsors and organisers of this competition. An event of this magnitude requires hard work and dedication, and you have shown a genuine interest in the development of us as young people and as future leaders of this country. Once again, thank you very much.
To my own parents, as well as the parents and guardians of all the participants who supported us in many ways and have shown interest in our academic endeavours throughout our school lives, thank you.
Not forgetting our teachers, who have been a source of encouragement to us, including my own principal and my GP teacher, thank you very much.
To our friends, siblings, relatives and other well-wishers, thank you for your support.
Once again thank you all very much and we wish you health, peace and prosperity for the year 2005.