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The Russell Latapy Secondary
School in Morvant copped
$10,000 in the Angostura "Create
Your Dream Eco-friendly Home"
poster competition. The awards
ceremony was held at the House
of Angostura on World Environ-
ment Day, June 5.
Success Laventille Secondary
School won both the $5,000 sec-
ond prize and the $3,000 third
According to a release from
Angostura Ltd, the competition
was a corporate social responsi-
bility initiative by the company.
The poster competition required
Forms Four and Five secondary
students from the Laventille/Mor-
vant area to create eco-friendly
homes using designs that must be
realistic. They were allowed to use
many environmental or "green"
initiatives as possible. Both indi-
vidual and group entries were
allowed. The competition was
judged by Vidia Persad-Doodnath,
executive director, technical serv-
ices at Angostura Ltd and Cheryl
Blanc of Horizons Art Gallery.
Russell Latapy had two individ-
ual entries with the winning poster
and replica of the eco-friendly
house made by Moesha Benjamin
and guided by her art teacher Mr
Pierre. Success Laventille Second-
ary had two group entries and one
The students were guided by
Mrs Boodasingh and Ms Griffith.
The prizes for Most Creative and
the use of Most number of Green
Elements were won by Success
Laventille. All students who par-
ticipated received an LLB hamper
from the company.
school wins $10,000
in poster competition
In the above photo, participants and
principals of both schools---Russell
Latapy Secondary and Success
Laventille Secondary---pose for a
Principal of Russell Latapy Taran
Bhaggan is at left, while principal of
Success Laventille Hamida Baksh is
Veteran calypsonian Solomon Kelly
Findley, known as Height, is best
known for his work on the 1987 track
Now Is The Time which was intended
to answer the call to assist people in
Proceeds went to Ethiopia through
the United Nations Children's Fund
(Unicef). Later on, Findley produced
a repertoire including Rock Me Baby,
Jam It On The Street, The Highway,
Time For We, Soca Jump Up and She
Rocking In The Party in his heyday.
He worked at tents like Slinger Fran-
cisco's (Sparrow) Young Brigade and
Kingdom of the Wizards. Findley is
hoping to return to the calypso/soca
arena. He has been living in the United
States for the past 30 years. He tem-
porarily shelved his career since he
had to take care of his family.
Interviewed at his home in Matura
last month, Findley said, "I want to
thank my fans for their support over
the years. I know they have been
inquiring about me. I want to get back
into the music arena as I have some
material I am working on. I am looking
forward to making an impact again.
"I worked on Now Is The Time. It
was intended to reach out to people
in Africa. It brought out all that was
good in Trinis. I was proud to have
worked on it."
Now Is The Time was written by
San Fernando's Gill Figaro and included
72 calypsonians spanning four gen-
erations like Denyse Plummer, Mighty
Trini, Machel Montano, Designer and
the late Roaring Lion, Lord Pretender
and Lord Kitchener.
Height started at Scouting
Growing up in picturesque Matura,
adolescent Findley, veteran calypsonian
Versatile and his hometown friend
Mera Toy Loi belonged to the group
called The Orchids.
"We started on Scouting for Talent
with Holly Betaudier. We did not win
but we placed high. I liked showman-
ship, I felt I wanted to be on stage."
Matura remains dear to his heart.
"My first job was as a bookkeeper
here. There has been a lot of devel-
opment since. It always had fruit trees
and a nice beach. We are close to the
Matura Turtle Nesting site."
1968---Background vocals with the
late greats like Arrow, Shorty and
1970---Sang at Victory Tent with the
late Lord Blakie.
Performed in New York Young
Brigade with Shadow and Kingdom
of the Wizards
1985 to '86---Sang at Blue Boy's
(now SuperBlue) Culture House
1999---He slipped into a coma for 13
Findley said, "They almost lost me.
The doctors were calling me the
miracle man. Prayers brought me
back. I was about 126 lbs."
...Veteran calypsonian out to make a comeback
Veteran calypsonian Solomon Kelly
Findley, also known as Height, is
hoping to re-enter the calypso/soca
arena. PHOTO: MICHELLE LOUBON
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