Career & Education

Jevaughn Gordon is 2018 St Catherine

Sunday, November 11, 2018

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JUST one week after St Jago High School successfully argued to win the debate competition on retroactive reparatory justice for African enslavement, one of its students, Jevaughn Gordon, emerged the winner of the Junior Councilors Debating contest and was last Tuesday robed 2018 Junior Mayor of the St Catherine Municipal Corporation.

On the topic of sugary drinks, the 18-year-old, who entered the debate on nomination by Peter Abraham, councilor of the Bog Walk Division, argued for a reduction in the consumption of sugary drinks, especially in schools, the effect of which he said gives rise to the prevalence of obesity in Jamaica.

“People buying lots of sugary drinks is one of the main reasons obesity is so prevalent in Jamaica. Sugary drinks should be reduced in schools,” he told Career & Education.

Gordon, whose aim is to study corporate legal marketing at the tertiary level, said that because of his passion for youth empowerment, his community project for his year of service will be the establishment of a netball field in his community of Princefield in Linstead, St Catherine.

“It means a lot to me,” he said of the win. “I am all for youth empowerment and this will give me the ideal platform to empower the youth in my community. I want to thank the judges for selecting me as the junior mayor and I will try to carry out my responsibility as best as possible.”

Gordon replaces Ricardo Mitchell, a student of The University of the West Indies (The UWI) representing the division of Treadways in St Catherine. Mitchell was junior mayor for 2017.

Placing second in the 2018 debate competition was Julane Allison, a student at The UWI, who was nominated by Mayor of Spanish Town, Councilor Norman Scott of the Greendale Division; while the third place went to Chaldene Henry of Moneague College, who was nominated by Councilor Wesley Suckoo of the Point Hill Division.

The other contestants were Janai Russell of Enid Bennett High School in Ewarton St Catherine; Sarai-Lee Moodie, a student of the University of Technology, Jamaica who resides in Ensom City, Spanish Town; Asheka Simpson of Old Harbour High who hails from Church Pen in St Catherine; and Annakay Cambridge of Immaculate Conception High, also from Spanish Town.

The junior mayor debating competition is a feature in celebration of Local Government Month, observed annually in November.

— Basil Walters

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