THERE was a lot to see in the St Elizabeth heat, when TEENage visited Maggotty High last Tuesday. Our fourth stop on the TEENage Observer Expression Tours, Maggotty High came at us with lots of energy.
With a round-up of 16 performances, the majority of which were original pieces, Maggotty High put their best on show.
The show began with a small devotional exercise, after which the performances started.
Sudaniee Stewart, Benecia Forbes and Brittanya Allen were up first, performing Tribute To The Heroes, the first original piece for the day. Following shortly afterwards was the Maggotty High Cultural Group with a medley of folk songs and dance.
The third performance was a rendition of Dutty Tough written by Louise 'Miss Lou' Bennett by Tasheka Titus and Brian Jones. However, the duo had some difficulties remembering the lines and ended up not completing their performance.
The Jamaica 50 Group followed with another original piece entitled Wi Gone 50.
Decked out in a pink tutu Chevoney Campbell performed a lovely solo ballet piece to Etana's Warrior Love, after which the school's choir performed We Are Jamaicans. Three more unique pieces followed — Tameka Cadet with My Love Story, deejay Alphanso Bruce's About The Heroes and Danielle Smith with Dream Guy — all of which were entertaining in their own way.
The show started picking up pace with the last few performances as the crowd increasingly got more animated.
They seemed to love Osheen Wright's performance of Romain Virgo's System and Claudine Russell's original dub poem piece entitled Nanny From The Grave, as well as The Poetry Group's Moving On.
What really had the audience, as well as the judges, cracking up, was Sashie Forbes, Shanek Franklyn and Claudine Russell's performance.
This trio's version of Block Roading, a Joan Andrea Hutchinson poem, was well executed and had everyone in stitches.
Riding the wave of increasing energy, deejay Omar Morgan did an excellent job with his song Education.
Following was deejay Levawn Baker, who also performed a similar song We Want Education. To end the competition segment of the show was The Hyper Type with their feisty dance moves.
As usual the show was speckled with giveaway trivia questions from Flow, HYPE-TV and TEENage Observer.
There was a Cool Fruit drink-off competition and a dance-off between five students.
We even encouraged one of the teachers, Kedisah Forbes, to come on stage and perform. At the end of the day we had a long list of winners. Therisa James for the TEENage tagline question, Osheen Wright for the Flow tagline question, and Kadesha Brown for the HYPE-TV question.
We also had Sabrina Nicholson for the Technology trivia question, Lamar Baker, Amanda Stewart, Elton Mitchell, Alton Thomas (teacher), Donneree Anderson, Jarios Joehill and Ackime Wright for trivia question from the TEENage Observer. We had three winners for the dance-off: Ika Brown took second with Dave Allen and Tashawna Green tying for first. Keron Stewart won first place in the Cool Fruit drink-off.
Representatives the school's daCosta Cup football team did a little deejaying for their schoolmates.
But at the end of the student performances were quite a few guest performances.
First, two members from Team Cautiion electrified the students with their sharp dance moves. Jah Flames (of Digicel Rising Stars fame) was also on hand to drop some tracks before the appearance of Ikaya.
Ikaya had the students grooving to Hard Way and many of her other hits before leaving the stage to sign autographs.
After tabulating the scores, student judges Danique Brown, Jermaine Daley and Roshawn Green as well as TEENage judge Di-Andra Brown arrived at the winners.
In third place was The Hyper Type, second place was deejay Omar Morgan and in first place were Sashie Forbes, Shanek Franklyn and Claudine Russell, who performed Block Roading.
— Di-Andra Brown