OUR latest stop on the TEENage Observer Expression Tours brought us to Mocho in Clarendon, to the Lennon High School.
The Lennon High students showed us one of the best tours we have had this season, with their vibe pushed by teacher/emcee Taniesha Reckley-Fearon.
Before the start of the performances, though, there was one formality to get out of the way. Prefect advisor and teacher Raphael Beckford commandeered the stage and announced that it was also a very special day for some students as well.
The tour stage was the perfect opportunity to announce the head boy and girl and deputies for whom the student body had cast votes earlier in the week — Treshana Lewis, head girl; Lakeisha Gilfillian, deputy head girl; Emoy Fisher, head boy; and Demar Blake, deputy head boy.
Following those announcements, it was finally time for the first performance, which came from the Lennon High School Choir, which sang a special remixed version of Romain Virgo’s System, which had the students singing and swaying along.
Up next was reggae songbirds Jheneil Williams, Kheela Thomas and Crisilae Slowley, who sang Etana’s Free.
The Supa-star Dancerz then took to the stage next, doing a dancehall routine to RDX’s Jump that got the audience hyped and waving their TEENage magazines in excitement.
Then it was time for the first question-andanswer segment in the competition, which saw Shameka Adams and Enrique Mattis claiming prizes from sponsors Flow and Seprod.
Off the break, the Music Club took the stage and grabbed the attention of the audience with their hilarious, original skit about students too fierce for the classroom — School Girls Gone Wild.
Following them, songstress Crisilae Slowley belted out Keisha White’s Weakness In Me.
The next set of dancers, the Lennon High School Junior Dancers, did an upbeat dancehall and soca routine to the popular soca song Go Dung.
Then melodic trio of Kheela Thomas, Annakay Willis and Tiaece Reece sang Fantasia’s I Believe, which resonated with the audience.
After, Nasanya Russell took to the stage, performing her original inspirational poem Nah Stop Try, which impressed the audience and judges alike.
Another quick break in the competition saw teacher Andrea Ross and student Eleon Burrell both walking away with prizes from our sponsors.
Then the final performance for the competition came when Jheneil Williams and Tiaece Reece, sang Adele’s Someone Like You.
As the performances closed, it was time for the first-ever teacher Cool Fruit Drink-Off.
Teachers Raphael Beckford, Michelle Powell, Fasnet Howell and Paul Shim-Hue all entered with dreams of becoming the first teacher Cool Fruit Champion. But after what seemed like one minute, Paul Shim-Hue turned both his empty boxes upside-down in victory.
After this first Cool Fruit challenge, the emcee announced that there would be two more drink-off competitions, just for the students, but first we would get some local entertainment.
Following this announcement, one by one, dancers Jamauh Cunningham, Ashanti Morris and Trimane Thompson took turns rocking the stage and just when the crowd thought they had seen it all, the dance group, the Krazy Kids Dancers, took it to another level.
After the dancers had cleared the stage it was time for the first set of student Cool Fruit contestants to compete.
This time six lower-school student hopefuls entered the Cool Fruit arena, but after the frenzy caused by only a couple seconds of competition, student Raja Rhoomes was declared the winner.
The second set of student Cool Fruit contestants then entered the stage. Sixthformers Nona-Ray Cole, Janiel Harris and Daveia George all battled for the title of sixth form Drink-Off champion, but in the end it was Daveia George who came out on top.
The emcee then announced that the real drink-off had only just begun, and called back champions Raja Rhoomes and Daveia George to battle. This threw the crowd further into a frenzy as they screamed loudly for their favourite champion, but in a few seconds it was over, and Raja Rhoomes was crowned king of the Cool Fruit Drink-Off.
As the crowd started to calm following the exciting series of Drink-Off battles, the emcee threw them another wild card, this time in the form of of guest performers the Cautiion Dancers.
The Cautiion Dancers brought their all to the stage and they jumped, flipped and break danced to an upbeat dancehall and pop mix.
When the dust had cleared from all the excitement, it was announced that the judges had finished deliberating and the winners had been picked.
In third place was the Lennon High School Junior Dancers, while second place went to songstress Crisilae Slowley. Taking first place and a chance to perform at the Expression Tour Finals in July was the Music Club, for their hilarious skit.