Jodi-Ann McKenley – 1st Place The Arts
This year we have only selected one person in the category of The Arts, and the winner is a 17 year old young lady, who could have submitted her application in the Academics section of the Youth in Excellence Project because in 2011, she sat and passed 10 CSEC Subjects, all at Grade 1. In spite of that achievement however, it is her accomplishments in the Arts, more specifically, dancing and singing, that seem to provide her with the satisfaction and fulfillment that she seeks and which has given her the ability to minister to others. Her school and her church have been the vehicles that have afforded her the most opportunity to express her artistic side.
She has attained distinctions in the Royal Academy of Dance, Grades 1 – 6 Classical Ballet Graded Examinations and Merits in Grades 7 – 8 over the years 2002 to 2010.
In 2008, she attained a distinction in the Royal Schools of Music Grade 1 Theory Examination. She also attained a distinction in the Trinity Guildhall Bronze Level Choral Examination and then in 2010, followed this with a distinction at the Silver Level Choral Examination.
In 2007 this young lady placed 2nd in the Jamaica Music Teachers’ Association Music Competition Festival for Class 75, Girls 14 and under – Singing, and then in 2009 she placed 3rd in the Festival for Voice – Soprano (Open).
She attained a merit in the Trinity Guildhall Grade 2 Solo singing Examination in 2008 and then in 2009 she followed up with a distinction in the Grade 4 Solo Singing Examination.
In 2003 she did complete a course at the University of Christian Children’s Workers School of Puppetry & Performing Arts Ministries.
As a student at Immaculate Conception High, she represented her school at swimming and maintained Honour Student status from Grades 7 to 11. She was awarded 1st place in Music among the 2011 Graduating Class. It should be noted that no 2nd or 3rd places were awarded, and she also placed in the top ten of her graduating class of over 240 students.
Ladies and Gentlemen, our winner in the category of the Arts for 2011 is Jodi-Ann McKenley.