Friday 4 December, 2020

SAGHS student wins CNVI Festival of Spoken Word 2020

Amaris Noray receives her trophy from Chargé d'Affaires John W McIntyre for winning the Cascadoo Caribbean New Voices International (CNVI) Festival of Spoken Word 2020.

Amaris Noray receives her trophy from Chargé d'Affaires John W McIntyre for winning the Cascadoo Caribbean New Voices International (CNVI) Festival of Spoken Word 2020.

The US Embassy in Trinidad and Tobago partnered with the ROOTS Foundation to host the Cascadoo Caribbean New Voices International (CNVI) Festival of Spoken Word 2020. 

Emerging victorious from a field of 14 contestants between the ages of 16 to 20 was Amaris Noray. She performed her poem entitled ‘I promise’ at the  contest held on Saturday.

The virtual judges participated from the United States, Canada, Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago.

On Monday, Chargé d'Affaires John McIntyre received a courtesy call from Noray and offered congratulations.

He was reportedly wowed when he heard a snippet of her poetry noting: “Amaris makes Trinidad and Tobago proud with her wit, her intellect, and her vision.  On a personal note, she is someone whom I would love my own daughter, Emma, to emulate.”

Noray, a student from St Augustine Girls’ High School, says she was motivated to enter the competition because “I have something to say.” She plans to be a writer.

Prizes for the contest include trophies, custom-made knapsacks and face masks, as well as gift vouchers for school supplies.

The embassy says this partnership forms part of its mission to support youths in at-risk communities by offering cultural programmes as an alternative to violence.

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