By Shermain Bique-Charles
A bright young student from the Trinity Academy in Jennings has captured a leading spot in a prestigious regional competition.
Eighth-placed Esther McKenzie was the only entry from Antigua and Barbuda to make the top 10 in the 16th Annual Caribbean Child Research Conference.
The event was held virtually on November 24 and 25 under the theme “Almost Two Years! Covid-19, Children’s Rights and SDGs: Challenges and Opportunities.”
Students were required to submit a 150-word summary of a piece of research on the theme, then offer an oral presentation and defence of the research paper.
Students from across the Caribbean shared their thoughts and feelings about how the virus has affected their lives and their rights.
McKenzie investigated the extent to which students were consulted during the implementation of Covid-19 protocols and whether consultation would have affected their willingness to follow them.
Entries from across the region were reviewed and the young presenters questioned by a panel of judges from UWI Mona.
Principal of Trinity Academy Adeola Matthew told Observer that the school is very proud of McKenzie.
“She is an excellent student. We are so proud of her. She is sharp and a very hard worker. To place at that level in the region, when you had entries from so many other countries, it makes us very proud,” Matthew said.
McKenzie is in fifth form and has already passed 12 CXC subjects.