Wolmer's Boys' claims road safety competition

Sunday, July 01, 2018

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Wolmer's Boys' School claimed the inaugural Jamaica Driver and Traffic Safety school banner competition mounted by Grennell's Driving School as part of its 10th annual expo at Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre two weeks ago.

Mona High School and Jamaica College claimed second and third place, respectively.

The competition required that high school students display their best artistic interpretation of the theme 'Road Safety Saves', using the dimensions 6ft long by 3ft wide.

They had the artistic freedom to work in a mixed-media format, with the final piece being displayed on fabric. They were graded according to displays of creativity, composition, innovation with use of media, and communication of the theme. Each category carried a total of 25 points each.

Chief judge, Edna Manley School of Visual Art senior lecturer Shauna Gaye Murray Coke, reported that the students displayed varying levels of mastery.

“Wolmer's clearly communicated the theme in an attractive and engaging way. We were impressed by the clever approach of the message. In second place, Mona High's banner was element-rich, yet it held our attention and intrigued us enough to look at the details and really focus on their message, which was definitely on-theme,” Coke said.

In Jamaica College's case, Murray Coke said while message was relevant, its interpretation of the theme was not as clearly defined as the others. In addition, the judges felt the visuals needed more contrast to highlight the banner concept.

The competition prizes included trophies, individual medals, individual cash vouchers, phone credit, 45kg IGL gas refill vouchers, virtual reality experience gift certificates, and Rocket GoKarting Experience gift certificates. Their teachers and facilitators were presented with gift baskets.

The Jamaica Driver and Traffic Safety Expo was staged on Saturday, June 16.

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