Celebratory cheers rippled across Camp Braham, as St. James participants erupted with outbursts of jubilation at the pronouncement of their victory at Youth Rally 2018. The annual event which was spearheaded by the Youth Ministries Department of the West Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, took place on Sunday December 16, 2018, and saw approximately four thousand persons in attendance at Treasure Beach, St. Elizabeth.
The three primary competitive categories included: Drill and March, Brain Olympiad and Sporting activities. “We went with one objective on our minds” said Sharline Watt- Hines, President of the St. James Federation “and that was to reclaim what belongs to us! It was a joy as we participated in every activity, thus helping us to gain the victory. We were also prepared for every team and for every event, be it solo or group.” She further added, “St. James is the best no other parish can test!”
According to Youth Ministries Director, Pastor Christopher Harvey, the 2018 staging of the event ranks among the largest the constituency has enjoyed. “This was a fantastic year” he stated, referring to the turn out. “One that our Youth delighted in being at. Those who attended were elated to have shared in the day’s events. We saw a vast number of vendors and patrons and I believe it can only get better as we move forward.”
Though the Youth Rally had a profound impact on the victors, it also created a lasting impression on participants from other parishes. Although her Parish came in third, Secretary of the St. Elizabeth Federation Melissa Findley fully welcomed the amicable spirit present among the group. She commended the Youth Ministries Department for engaging the various age groups through fun-filled activities.
“I absolutely loved the spirit of comradery that was evident among the participants” she said. “Persons enjoyed themselves, there was friendly rivalry and a variety of activities happening at different levels for different age groups to be engaged.”
St. James captured the victory by ending the day’s events with 328 points. The parish of Westmoreland followed in second place with 313 points, followed by St. Elizabeth with 266 points, leaving Hanover in fourth place with 234 points.
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