##Queen’s College and St. Andrew’s School Take Top Prizes in 2012 Financial Services Annual Essay & Speech Competitions##

Today, BFSB and the Ministry of Education hosted the Presentations Ceremony for the annual Essay and Speech Competition scheduled as part of National Career Awareness Month. The 2012 competition was cosponsored by Bahamas Business Solutions Ltd., (BBSL), Rotary Club of Nassau Sunrise, and KPMG.

The winner of the 2012 Essay Competition was Diana Ferreira, a Grade 11 student at Queen’s College. Other finalists in the Essay Competition were Letitia Ellis, Aquinas College; Matt Collins, St. Andrew’s School; Alexia Collie, St. Anne’s School; De’Seria Demeritte; and Tredijah Rolle, St. John’s College.

Nathan Cates, a Grade 12 student at St. Andrew’s School took the Speech Competition’s top prize. Speech Competition finalists were Jermanique Evans, Aquinas College; Rashad Hepburn, C.R. Walker Sr. High; Simone Whyte, Anatol Rodgers Sr. High; Tremeco Higgs, Doris Johnson Sr. High; Brinique Gibson, St. Augustine’s College; and Randeika Foulkes, St. John’s College.

Judges for both Competitions were D. Nguyen-Comito, Bahamas Financial Services Board; Veronica Duncanson, Rotary Club of Nassau Sunrise; and BFSB’s 2012 Brand Ambassadors Sharon Lafleur (Julius Baer Bank & Trust); Philippa Willie (UBS Trustees Bahamas Ltd.); and Samantha Watson, Foyil Asset Management.

BBSL donated the laptops and gift certificates for the top achievers, while KPMG and the Rotary Club of Nassau Sunrise donated the prizes for all finalists and hosted the Presentations Ceremony.

***Essay & Speech Competition Sponsors**: Jennifer Duncombe, KPMG; Zoe Powell, Ministry of Education; Erika Colebrooke, BBSL; Mario Smith, Rotary Club of Sunrise Nassau; Fredricka Bowe, BFSB; and Ann Burrows-Smith, Ministry of Education.*