Screen_shot_2013-10-17_at_7.58.39_PMThis year the National Ozone Layer Unit in the Department of the Environment conducted a Poem Competition for high schools as one of its activities for “International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer 2013” observed in the month of September.


Several high schools took part in the competition but at the end there could only be one first place winner. So who took the grand prize? Well tonight we are proud to note that it was no other than students of Muffles High School. Third and fourth form students Vickie Chan and Tristian Coleman travelled to Belmopan today where they were recognized by representatives of the Environmental Department for their first and third place win respectively.


Vickie Chan, 4th Form, 1st Place Winner


“I was so overjoyed because this competition if throughout the country of Belize and there were fourteen submissions and I placed in first so I was overjoyed to receive this news.”


Irvin Aragon – Reporter


“Ok now tell us, what was it that you presented to the department of the environment that you believe gave you this prize?”


Vickie Chan, 4th Form, 1st Place Winner


“Well, my poem was based on giving the ozone layer a voice because it is being destroyed, I gave the ozone layer a voice and made it speak and made it cry for itself so by presenting that I think that win me the first prize.”


Irvin Aragon – Reporter


“Tell us a little bit about the preparation, a little bit about the writing of this poem, which assisted you, how is it that you came up with this idea?”


Vickie Chan, 4th Form, 1st Place Winner


“Well, basically I put in my own effort to write the poem and ask certain teachers for help, my sister is a teacher at my school and then I asked them to edit it and then I got my ideas from research that I did, I actually sat down and did my research on the ozone layer and then I put all of these together and I manage to write it.”


Tristian Coleman – 3rd Form, 3rd, Place Winner


“I was very happy to be named third place from the competition that was help containing the whole country and I actually I was overjoyed because I put in so much effort and then named third place was an honour.”


Irvin Aragon – Reporter


“Ok, of course you said you placed a lot of effort but what is it that you place in this poem that you believe that gave you this third place?”


Tristian Coleman – 3rd Form, 3rd, Place Winner


“Well, I talked about the things that we do on our daily routine that would help destroy the ozone layer and what we could do to help protect it and to write our wrongs and help mother earth. I was inspired from a high school environment where normally where one person would be bullied then I took the ozone layer and gave it as that person who was bullied and how just as they have people who just stand up and watch at people who get bullied, we just stand by and watch the factories and so forth just destroying the ozone layer with their smoke and so forth.”

 

While Chan took home a tablet, Coleman received a 32 gigabytes USB Flash drive. The Montreal Protocol has been universally ratified and is considered a key example of a successful multilateral agreement protecting common global goals.


Second place in the poetry competition was captured by Sahia Ek of St. Catherine’s Academy in Belize City who took home one digital camera. This year, “International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer 2013”, was celebrated under the theme “A healthy atmosphere, the Future We Want”.

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