‘Show stoppers’ of Growing Years dance their way to first place

SHOW STOPPERS – Growing Years Preschool entertained the crowd with a show stopping performance by their little dancers, during the 2019 Junior Junkanoo Parade on Saturday, February 9. (PHOTOS: JENNEVA RUSSELL)

The unofficial results for the City of Freeport District Council’s 20th Annual Junior Junkanoo Parade were announced on Monday (February 11) during a press conference at the Grand Bahama Junkanoo Committee headquarters in the International Building.

Thirty schools participated in the 20th Annual Junior Junkanoo Parade, which took place on Saturday (February 9) on West Pioneer’s Way in the Downtown Freeport area.

Chairman of the Grand Bahama Junkanoo Committee (GBJC), Kevin Russell read the unofficial results.

In the Preschool Division overall – Growing Years came first with 2,035 points; in second place was Freeport Bible Academy with 1,858 points; third was Letty’s Paradise with 1,798 points; fourth was Hampton Academy with 1,693 points; fifth was Rising Star Christian Academy with 1,560 points; sixth was St. John’s Baptist Academy with 1,222 points and National Academy came seventh place with 1,207 points.

In the Primary Division – Freeport Primary came first with 4,199 points; second place went to Bartlett Hill primary with 4,062 points; in third place was Freeport Bible School 3,881points; Lewis Yard Primary came fourth with 3,106 points; West End Primary came fifth with 3,013 points and closing out the division was Holmes Rock Primary with 1,462 points.

In the All-age Division – first went to Bishop Michael Eldon with 4,310 points; second place was The Beacon School with 4,142 points; St. Paul’s Methodist College came third with 3,247 points; Hampton Academy II came fourth with 1,558 points and Lucayan International placed fifth with 1,386 points.

Sister Mary Patricia Russell Junior High was the overall winner in the Junior Division with 4,249 points.

In the Secondary Division – St. George’s High School won with 4,222 points and Eight Mile Rock High School earned 3,470 points.

In the Preschool Banner Division – Letty’s Paradise came first with 414 points; in second place was Growing Years Preschool with 405 points; third Hampton Academy I with 383 points; fourth was Freeport Bible with 325 points; fifth was St. John’s Academy with 259 points; sixth Rising Stars with 239 and National Academy came seventh place with 235 points.

For the Primary Banner Division – Bartlett Hill Primary came first with 882 points; second place was Freeport Bible Academy with 753 points; in third place is Lewis Yard Primary 603 points; West End Primary came fourth with 598 points; fifth place Freeport Primary 553 points and sixth Holmes Rock Primary with 302 points.

In the All-age Banner Division – first was Bishop Michael Eldon with 783 points; second place was St. Paul’s Methodist College with 704; The Beacon School came third with 694 points; Hampton Academy II came fourth with 373 points and Lucaya International placed fifth with 357 points.

In the Junior Banner Category – Sister Mary Patricia Russell (SMPRJHS) Junior High School received first place with 853 points.

In the Secondary Banner Division – St. George’s High School won with 892 points, while Eight Mile Rock High School scored 537 points for second place.

“It was so lovely to see so many young people on the streets,” said Russell, as he congratulated all the participants.

Kendal Culmer, Chief Councillor for the City of Freeport Council spoke on their behalf of the primary sponsors for the event.

He noted that Junkanoo must be preserved for future generations, because it is such a unique and integral part of Bahamian culture.

Monique Leary, Ministry of Youth Sports and Culture Cultural Affairs Officer thanked sponsors. “It was a very exciting evening and I think everyone had a good time.”

Leary also thanked the City of Freeport, Royal Bahama Police Force (RBPF) Ministry of Works, Ministry of Education, the Rand Memorial Hospital, Sanitation Services, Parents, teachers, students and volunteers. She then thanked ticket outlets Gizmos and Gadgets, Krosstown and Island Yogurt.

The awards ceremony for the parade is expected to be held sometime in the next three weeks.

Of the participants, there were eight in the Preschool Division; eight in Primary; nine in the All-age Category, four within the Secondary Class. The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute participated in the Secondary Division as a fun group and Sister Mary Patricia Russell Junior High School was the only entrant in the Junior Division this year.

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