14-Year-Old Wins Culture & Art Competition Hosted by St. James Youth Federation

  •   Adiese Jonas-Murphy, Associate Communication Director
  •  Friday, July 26, 2019

Fourteen-year-old Charelle Webster from the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Bickersteth in St. James, walked away as the winner of the Culture and Art Competition hosted by the St. James Federation on Sunday July 14, 2019, at the West Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Webster, whose talent in drawing was discovered at the tender age of two was surprised at the outcome.


“I didn’t think I would have won first place” she stated. “I thought other persons would have had better pieces than mine and when I realized that I won I was very surprised.”


The fourteen-year-old who hails from a family of sketch-artists, believes that art is a perfect way to share the gospel with others. “I can spread the gospel by sharing my drawings” she said. “Sometimes you don’t know, but your drawings can encourage others.”


Charelle’s mother, Claudence Webster, discovered that her daughter drew above the level of a regular two-year-old and since then endeavored to nurture her daughter’s talent. “Whatever she needs to enhance her gift, I try to provide it. Whether it is crayons, pencils etc. I supply those for her” said her mother, who also serves as a Teacher of Art at the Hopewell High School.


The Art and Culture Competition caters to youth between the ages of 10 & 35 years and was open to churches in St. James. President of the St. James Youth Federation, Sharline Hines believes in employing every avenue to ensure that the Youth of St. James are actively engaged in sharing the good news with others, even through non-traditional means such as Art and Craft.


“We instituted this competition to create an additional avenue for our youth to exercise their God- given talents” she stated. “Art and Craft is also an excellent way to spread the gospel and to keep our young people occupied and busy for Jesus. Our aim is to find as many creative ways as possible to keep our young people from wanting to stay on the street” she ended.

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