Home > UTC Media Centre > Media Release > Students Light a Greener World in UTC’s Divail Art Competition

November 10th, 2011

Students Light a Greener World in UTC’s Divail Art Competition

 

10-year-old-Primary-School-1st-place-winner10 year old Stephen Jaggai and 16 year old Khylah Mykoo-Garcia can teach us how to “Light a Greener World” through the art pieces they submitted in Trinidad and Tobago Unit Trust Corporation’s 6th Annual Divali Art Competition.  Stephen Jaggai a student of the Rochard Douglas Presbyterian Primary School and Khylah Mykoo-Garcia of the Naparima Girls High School were announced this year’s primary school and secondary school winners respectively, at the Divali Art Awards Ceremony on Friday 4th November, 2011 at the UTC Chaguanas Customer Service Centre.

This year a total of 156 students from various primary and secondary schools heeded to the call to showcase their artistic skills in the competition. Jaggai was one of the entrants whose art piece was a favourite among the judges in the primary school category, depicts a female devotee lighting a deya in Trinidad which spreads light throughout the rest of the world. The primary school winner shared his inspiration for the art piece at the awards ceremony stating, “If I want to make a difference and improve the environment, it must first start with me.”  The standard five student was not only awarded the 1st place prize of $3,000.00 in units but was also given a $2,500 dollars worth in units for his school to assist in school supplies.

The secondary school category proved to be just as challenging for the judges as they had a difficult time selecting a winner. Mr. Rajkumar Krishna Persad, one of the Divail Art judges expressed his contentment with the students’ submissions saying, “Each year I look forward to the UTC Divali Art Competition because I am always impressed by the students’ artistic ability to interpret the theme of the competition while giving a local look and feel to their creation.” This was evident in the art work that was created by the secondary school first place winner Ms. Khylah Mykoo-Garcia whose art design also stood out amongst the 167 students who entered this year’s competition. Proudly accepting the $2,500 dollars worth of units on behalf of her school- Naparima Girls High School and the individual prize of $3,000 in units, the sixth former said that she is excited that her artwork gained 1st place recognition in the UTC Divali Art competition and thankful that her peers supported her throughout the process.

Six years ago, the UTC Divali Art Competition was created to assist in spreading greater understanding and exploration of the important significance of Divali to the people of Trinidad and Tobago. At the awards ceremony UTC’s Vice President of Marketing and International Business, Ms Gayle Daniel-Worrell said “The competition provides an avenue through which cultural diversity can be expressed and in the process, to harness the creative energies of our young people. Hundreds of young artists have expressed their inner talents, giving birth to art pieces that highlight the festival of lights and its importance in our multicultural society.”

The winners of this year’s Divali Art Competition are as follows:

SECONDARY SCHOOL

Position

Student

First Prize

Khylah Mykoo-Garcia

Second Prize

Sapna Ramlochan

Third Prize

Shanta Ramdass

PRIMARY   SCHOOL

 

Position

Student

First Prize

Stephen Jaggai

Second Prize

Jessica Jagnanan

Third Prize

Johannah Walker

***END***
Contact Ms Gayle Daniel- Worrell, VP Marketing and International Business for more information, 625-8648 extension 8204.