Cheer On!

Cheer On!
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This is not a spectacle to miss. Students are impatient to leave school to watch it on either television or live in the National Stadium. The vuvuzelas are blaring from as early as seven in the morning. It is the Friday of the week of ‘Champs’ and definitely the Wolmer’s Trust High School for Girls are alive and excited.

Devotions proceed as planned and the sweet Wolmerians, who are usually decked in their white blouses and blue tunics, white socks folded just above the ankle, have added flair to their uniform.  Ribbons, hand bands, head bands and ties, which have been made by the Student Council, are all maroon and gold in colour.

It is a formidable task to get a Wolmerian out of their regular uniform but that is what ‘Champs’ does. It has the Wolmerian in such a spirit that she is excited and exhibits school pride to the highest degree. The usually soft voiced young woman, now chants school cheers with a loud voice.  Being a Wolmerian myself, I enjoyed this for 5 years of my life. It goes beyond winning, it is just exuberant school pride and spirit.  If ‘Champs’ has this effect on just one school, imagine the effect on other schools and by extension, Jamaica.
From 2007, GraceKennedy Limited has been title sponsor of the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Championships. It is now 2016 and the unwavering support of the conglomerate has not been daunted. Over the years, GraceKennedy has contributed a lot to the event but it is more than just the title sponsorship for the group and its subsidiaries. The company values this event and is grateful for the opportunity to sponsor youth athletics in Jamaica. GraceKennedy sees this as an investment in Jamaica’s athletic future. Our talented young athletes, who are showcased at this five day event, are also supported by individuals in the stands who shout, scream, and cheer for their school.

This year, GraceKennedy sought persons to post a video, no more than 30 seconds, showing their school cheer. The GK Champs School Cheer, Ultimate Champs Challenge competition ran from March 2nd to March 19th 2016. Marlon Henry, who cheered for St. Jago High School was victorious. The cheer, entitled “Gold We a Hunt Fa”, earned 254 votes and was indeed creative. The spirit of comradery and school pride was evident in the cheer. The winner was chosen based on 40% public votes and 60% votes form the GraceKennedy judging panel.

The prizes included $50,000 to the winner, $100,000 to the school being supported, GK Champs School Cheer Trophy and a GraceKennedy Gift Basket.

St. Jago High School has won the Girls’ Championships four times and the Boys’ Championships twice.

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