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Continuity and Emergency Response
S&OR; and Rachel Caines, Communi-
cations and External Affairs challenger.
They emphasised that the competi-
tion was not just about preserving
parang music, one of T&T s cultural
treasures; it also focused on the all-
round development of the youths, the
future of the country.
The bpTT representatives congrat-
ulated the young paranderos, parents
and teachers and officers of NPATT for
their dedication and hard work in pulling
off a grand festival.
NPATT President, Kelvin Wharwood,
thanked bpTT for its wholehearted sup-
port of the festival. He said a main
objective was the training of students
to play musical instruments on a wider
scale in the future. "I would like to see
more students playing instruments and
accompanying their schools at the fes-
To this effect, we will invite schools
to register their students for a training
workshop during the Easter and August
vacation periods," he said.
Judges for the festival were Dr Sylvia
Moodie-Kublalsingh, Anthony Williams
and Annette Hunte-Lessey.
Parang icon Clarita Rivas, centre, shows off her skills on the maracas as she is
accompanied by bpTT's Allan Subero in an impromptu jam session during a break
in competition at the 2013 bpTT National Junior Parang Festival on Saturday.
Tureem Peters and Nicholas Gooding, students of Sacred Heart Boys' RC, receive
the trophies which their school won as champions of the primary schools'
division of the 2013 bpTT National Junior Parang Festival on Sunday. Lending a
helping hand are Rachel Caines, Communications and External Affairs challenger,
bpTT; and Kelvin Wharwood, President of the National Parang Association.
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Trinity College, Moka, gave a
polished musical performance to
capture the coveted championship
title of the secondary schools divi-
sion of the bpTT National Junior
Parang Festival 2013 which took
place at El Dorado West Second-
ary School over the weekend.
Making their very first appear-
ance in the annual parang extrav-
aganza, Trinity won the judges
approval with skillful rendition of
their two songs, Cantando Gloria
and Rio Manzanare, on Saturday.
For good measure, Trinity s Michael
Bristol was adjudged Best Lead
On Sunday, Sacred Heart Boys
RC copped the primary schools
championship title, pushing last
year s champions, Newtown Boys
RC, to second place.
A release from bpTT said Trinity
College and Sacred Heart Boys RC
were presented with huge bpTT
Challenge trophies and won a cash
prize of $8,000 each. Runners-up
in each division get $6,000, while
third place finishers receive $4,000.
For the third year, a People s
Choice Award was offered for each
category, with voting done by tex-
ting specific codes, as well as using
the social media Facebook via bpTT
A total of 16 secondary schools
showed off their musical talents
on Saturday, while 15 schools com-
peted in the primary schools divi-
sion on Sunday, with packed halls
in attendance on both days. A
semifinal round was held this year
to facilitate a smoother running of
The National Junior Parang Fes-
tival earned title sponsorship from
energy company company bpTT
in 2012. BpTT has partnered with
the organisers, the National Parang
Association of T&T (NPATT) since
1990 as a sponsor of the festival,
now in its 35th year.
Pledging the continued support
of bpTT to the growing festival
Major Results of the 2012 bpTT Junior
Champions: Trinity College (Moka); Runners-
Up: St Joseph's Convent,
3rd: Moruga Secondary.
Best Female Lead: Kerise-Marie Rawlins
(Holy Faith Convent, Penal)
Best Male Lead: Michael Bristol (Trinity)
Best Musical Presentation:
Best Stage Presentation: Trinity College
Best Lead Instrument: Tamara Dickson (St
Best Cuatro: Hannah Maeram
(St Augustine Girls')
Best Guitar: Aisha Rahamut
(St Augustine Girls')
Best Maracas: Devon Charles
Best Toc Toc: Isaiah Pascall
Best Box Bass: Surdonnah Moore
(Holy Faith, Penal)
Best Dressed Group: Moruga Secondary
Champions: Sacred Heart Boys' RC;
Runners-Up: Newtown Boys' RC;
3rd: Sacred Heart Girls' RC.
Trinity crowned 2013 bpTT secondary schools parang champions
Trinity College (Moka) put on a
virtuoso performance to capture the
secondary schools' championship title
at the 2013 bpTT National Junior
Parang Festival on Saturday.
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