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Over $3M in Cash and Prizes Awarded in PCJ Schools Energy Competition

Chemistry Teacher at Cornwall College, Delta Wright (centre, front row), is presented with overall champions trophy in the 2019 Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) Schools Energy Programme Competition, by Acting PCJ Group General Manager, Brian Richardson (second right). The presentation was made during the awards ceremony at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston on Friday (June 28). Others (from left, front row) are: PCJ Director, Danville Davidson; and members of the winning Cornwall College team – Deputy Head Boy, Brandon Gilbert, and Jevaun Johnson. Looking on (back row) are other students of the school



Over $3 million in cash and prizes were awarded to the top performers in the 2019 Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) Schools Energy Programme Competition.


Approximately 90 students, aged six to 19, from primary and high schools islandwide participated in this year’s renewal, which was held under the theme – ‘Using Natural Resources to Generate Renewable Energy at Your School’.


The students were asked to, among things, build a solar cooker that utilizes sunlight for energy.  The competition culminated with an awards ceremony at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston on Friday (June 28), which saw students of Cornwall College in Montego Bay, St. James, topping the entrants.   They landed the coveted $500,000 project implementation grant, and won prizes in the science, essay, jingle and poster competitions.


Cornwall College will also receive technical support from the PCJ to execute an energy efficiency and conservation project at the school.


Other category winners were: Half Way Tree Primary and Kingston Technical High which also copped the main sectional prizes in the science competition; and Somerton All-age and Infant, Kingston Technical High and Manchester High schools, which won their respective essay competitions.


Additionally, Hague Primary School, Wolmer’s Girls School, and Hampton School emerged winners in the poster competitions, while Hague Primary, New Forrest Primary, Harbour View Primary and Somerton All Age and Infant School took the top spots in the jingle contests.


The Schools Energy Programme seeks to heighten youth awareness about energy issues by, among other things, exposing them to energy-efficient products, technologies and practices.


It also gives students a first-hand look at traditional and renewable energy technologies and introduces them to courses of study and careers in the industry, for exploration and pursuit.


The Programme has, in this regard, engaged more than 2,000 students from 120 schools islandwide through tours and seminars during the 2018/19 academic year.


Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Hon. Fayval Williams who spoke at the event, praised the students for their innovations.


“I have seen all the entries and I was very impressed… I saw a lot of enthusiasm; I want to commend you all for participating. You are learning skills in an industry that is expanding globally and locally,” she pointed out.



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