In observance of the 45th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22, the United States Embassy partnered with Romauld Ferreria of Ferreira & Company to hold a one-day national high school science exhibit and competition under the theme, “It’s Our Turn to Lead” at the Paul Farquharson Conference Room at the Royal Bahamas Police Headquarters.
The event attracted ten exhibits from schools throughout The Bahamas and participation from teams from St. John’s College, Aquinas College, C.R. Walker, Jordan Prince William and Government High School on New Providence, in addition to teams from Bishop Michael Eldon High School on Grand Bahama and NGM Major High School on Long Island.
The U.S. Embassy’s Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Lisa Johnson, Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Neda Brown, Housing and Environment Minister Kenred Dorsett, Deputy Commissioner of Police Anthony Ferguson and Serethea Clarke, Deputy Director of Curriculum in the Ministry of Education were among officials on hand for the event. The panel of judges included the U.S. Embassy’s Political Officer Yancy Caruthers and PEPFAR Assistant Coordinator Ananda Hall-Pyfrom.
In her remarks at the event, Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Neda Brown said that the U.S. Embassy was pleased to partner with Ferreira & Company on an initiative that aimed to encourage critical thinking in the areas of environment, ecology and sustainable development through environmental law. Ms. Brown also congratulated the students in their efforts to take the lead in protecting the beauty and natural resources of The Bahamas. She noted that Earth Day presented an opportunity to recommit to fostering a climate-resilient world that is more secure, prosperous and healthy.
At the conclusion of the exhibit, team members Philyssse Forbes, Malik Dickenson, Sydney Seymour, Dangle Martin and Nathan Cooper from Bishop Michael Eldon High School won the overall first place title with an Aquaponics exhibit. Aquinas College finished second and another team from Bishop Michael Eldon finished third.
The first place winners received an all-expense paid weekend trip to the Island School on Eleuthera to continue learning about environmental protection and sustainability. All winners in the competition received Apple iPods. The funding and prizes for the contest were made possible through a grant provided by the U.S. Embassy’s Public Affairs Section.