Confident Young Calypso Pioneers
Allan Celland-Goddard of St. Xavier' Private School receives the 1st prize
Event Date: February 01, 2007
Posted: February 03, 2007
Thousands of students from all over Trinidad and Tobago journeyed to the Jean Pierre Complex on Thursday 1st February, 2007, to support their peers in the National Organisation of Rededicated Students' (NORS) Calypso Pioneers Competition. Year after year, this competition has grown in popularity and has become a mainstay in Trinidad and Tobago's Carnival activities.
The event started about ten minutes to twelve with an opening prayer by Cindy Alleyne, followed by brief addresses by Director of the NYAC, Bro. Akhenaton Daaga who assured all the participating students that they were all winners and by Sales Representative of CLICO, Mr. Daryl Dasent. Mr. Dasent intimated that competitions such as these provide an avenue for students to come together and express themselves and that CLICO is proud to be part of such an initiative.
After these brief speeches the competition started without delay. The young competitors and their songs are listed below:
Artist and School / Song
Shanelle Pierre of Holy Saviour Anglican Primary School, Curepe / "Mankind's Destructive Attitude"
Agyei Duncan of Scarborough R.C. Primary School / "Open the Gates for Carnival"
Natalia Lewis of Arima Girls' R.C. / "No More Violence"
Adrian Adams of Scarborough R.C. Primary School / "In My Nursery Rhymes"
Flower Khalabi of La Fillette R.C. Primary School / "No Cinderella"
Christian Thomas of Mucurapo Junior Secondary / "They Cyar Take Meh Down"
Teneisha Weekes of Melville Memorial Girls' Anglican Primary School / "School Bag Dilemma"
Cheneal Bharat of St. Catherine's Girl's Anglican Primary School / " It Ain't Safe"
Aneka Audain of Sacred Heart Girls' R.C. Primary School / "Save Something"
Kesi Bennett of St. Xavier's Private Primary School / "Choices"
Tonya Small of Newton Girls' R.C. Primary School / "Soca Princess"
Allan Goddard-Clelland of St. Xavier's Private Primary School / "Street Children"
Shaquille Howard of Trinity East College / "No Excuse - Self Composition"
Necoda Francis of St. Theresa's Girls' R.C. Primary School / "Lose Them in Jail"
Jellissa Thomas of Signal Hill Primary School / "You Could Depend on Us"
Nailah Khalabi of La Fillette R.C. Primary School / "Dance My People"
Khalifa Baisden of Guseppi Prepatory School / "Karate Girl"
Ferdinand Smith of Valencia South Government / "Jump and Wave"
Whitney Moore of South East P.O.S. Secondary / "They Cyar Stop Meh"
Raegine Lovell of Scarborough R.C. Primary School / "Keep it Clean"
Jerisha Regis of St. Rose's Girls' R.C. Primary School / "Don't Want to go Back There"
The young Calypsonians performed quite confidently and sang on many issues ranging from crime to street children. Artistes such as 2006 Calypso Pioneers Competition winner, Allan Goddard-Clelland of St. Xavier's Private Primary School, and Ferdinand Smith of Valencia South Government, who placed third in last year's competition, were able to do good jobs of connecting with the audience and were rewarded with screams from the crowd on the stands. Both have entered several other competitions. Other artistes who received praise from their student peers were Christian Thomas of Mucurapo Junior Secondary, Adrian Adams of Scarborough R.C. and Cheneal Bharat of St. Catherine's Girl's Anglican Primary School.
The results of the Calypso Pioneers Competition:
Place / Artiste / School / Song
1st / Allan Celland-Goddard / St. Xavier' Private / "Street Children"
2nd / Aneka Audain / Scared Heart Girls R.C. / "Save Something"
3rd / Whitney Moore / South East P.O.S. Secondary / "They Cyar Stop Me"
4th / Tenisha Weekes / Melville Memorial A.C. / "School Bag Dilemma"
5th / Necoda Francis / St. Theresa Girls R.C. / "Lose Them in Jail"
6th / Kesi Bennett / St. Xavier's Private / "Choices"
7th / Ferdinand Smith / Valencia South Government / "Jump and Wave"
8th / Raegine Lovell / Scarborough R.C. / "Keep it Clean"
9th / Nailah Khalabi / La Fillette Early Childhood / "Dance My People"
10th / Jerrisha Regis / St. Rose's Girls R.C. / "Don't Want to go Back There"
Calypso Pioneers Competition 2007 in pictures: