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Jamaica Fulbright Association‘s Energy Awareness Competition Awards 2012

Immaculate Conception High School Emerge On Top

June 14, 2012 – Kingston, Jamaica

Winning team from Immaculate Conception High pose with their trophy along side Mrs. Sherrice Lyons, Director of Commercial Services, JPS Co. Ltd and Mr. Nathan Halat, Economic Officer, US Embassy in Jamaica.

The Jamaica Fulbright Association (JFA) in partnership with the Embassy of the United States of America, the Ministry of Education and the Jamaica Public Service held its award function on Thursday, June 14, 2012 at the UWI Mona campus. Under the Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF), the “Promoting Energy Awareness in Jamaica Secondary) Schools” sought to promote energy awareness in the technical and high schools of the island by providing students with additional avenues of exposure in Science education therefore leading to greater appreciation for sciences and ultimately an improvement in examination results. The students will learn to determine the energy usage trends of their respective schools by measuring energy consumption with the aid of data loggers. These instruments will aid students in their understanding of consumption patterns with the goal of learning to conserve energy. Data loggers are “portable electronic devices that can set up to monitor energy usage, light usage, room temperature and relative humidity”, according to the project documents.

The prizes and awards.

Welcome and Opening Remarks were delivered by Mrs. Margaret Brissett-Bolt, President, Jamaica Fulbright Association.  Mr. Nathan Halot, Economic Officer of the US Embassy extended gratitude to the JFA for its effort to promote energy awareness and noted in his speech that, “ it was common sense and dollars and cents to conserve on energy. “

Mr. Nathan Halat, Economic Officer, US Embassy demonstrating how small changes such as with lighting fixtures can have impact on energy consumption.

Mrs. Sherrice Lyons, Director of Commercial Services, JPS spoke of the energy crisis facing the world. She mentioned the Smart Energy Programme that was recently launched by the utility company as well as other initiatives such as a move towards the ISO50001 certification. Other speakers included Mr. Owen Wilson, Technical Officer, Technical and Vocational Unit, Ministry of Education and Mr. Errol Holmes, Vice President, Jamaica Fulbright Association.

Clan Carthy High – Each school took questions from the judges and audience after each presentation.

After the project launch in September 2011, the students were given 3 months to implement their project and an additional month to work on their presentations. The findings of the top five schools were presented at the awards ceremony. Presentations were made by :

  • Clan Carthy High
  • Immaculate Conception High
  • Ocho Rios High
  • Old Harbour High and
  • St. Andrew High for Girls

At the end of the project in August 2012 an Energy Conservation Education Program document will be prepared for high schools in Jamaica.

The Judge’s Report was given by Dr. Michael Case, Member of Jamaica Fulbright Association which was followed by the presentation of awards:

  1. 1. First Place- Immaculate Conception High
  2. 2. Second Place-   St. Andrew High for Girls
  3. 3. Third Place- Old Harbour High
  4. 4. Fourth Place – Clan Carthy High
  5. 5. Fifth Place- Ocho Rios High

Schools, students and teachers received prizes in the form of trophies, fuel cells, books, book vouchers and light bill credit for teachers. The event was closed by Ms. Beverley Lashley, Team Leader, AEIF Project 2011.

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