Monday, 29 July 2013

NEWS & NOTES: ROC Jamaica awards 21 scholarships + the 2013 Emancipendence schedule of events

PAYING IT FORWARD: Last week singer-activist Cherine's Reach One Child Foundation (ROC) presented scholarships to 21 high-school students hailing from institutions across the island. The presentation took place at the Ashe headquarters in Kingston. With over 200 applications submitted from all 14 parishes, Cherine says the ROC Scholarship Committee faced the difficult task of selecting the final crop of awardees, who stood out based on criteria that includes academic success, artistic excellence, evidence of community service and leadership. 

ISLAND CELEBRATION: Emancipendence Week is among the most highly anticipated periods on the local cultural calendar, thanks in large part to the usually exciting crop of traditional Jamaican activities on offer -- not to mention the lively, colourful entertainment. For this August, the schedule of events is as follows: Mello Go' Roun' (August 1, Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre); Jamaica Festival Song showcase (August 2, Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre); Miss Jamaica Festival Queen coronation (August 3, Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre); National Gospel Song Finals (August 4, Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre); World Reggae Dance Championships (August 5, Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre) and the Grand Gala (August 6, National Stadium).

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