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Naps girl shines at JA awards

Published: 
Saturday, July 14, 2018
Companies earn $200,000 in sales

Shivala Rampersad, a Form Four student of Naparima Girls High School, walked away with double honours at the 48th Annual Future Unlimited Banquet and Awards Ceremony of Junior Achievement T&T last Saturday, taking the award of President of the Year and leading her company, Colibri, to the Company of the Year accolade.

Following presentation of the overall trophy, Rampersad was joined on stage by her ecstatic company colleagues who celebrated their victory for several minutes.

Earlier, Rampersad was presented with the President of the Year award by Gerard Jackson, head, government and stakeholder relations, bpTT longstanding sponsor of the JA movement.

The signature JA event, held at the Cascadia Hotel’s Banquet & Conference Centre, St Ann’s, saw Ashley Wharwood, a member of Finessecompany and student of St Joseph’s Convent (San Fernando), cop the prestigious award of Achiever of the Year.

Both Rampersad and Wharwood expressed delight on being selected for the top awards.

“This is a great achievement but I owe a lot to the other stakeholders of Colibri who all pulled their weight,” said Rampersad.

“I also have to thank my colleagues since we all worked as a team. The whole experience has been wonderful and I was able to make new friends along the journey,” said Wharwood.

Some 700 students, representing 33 companies, participated in the 2018 edition of JA’s company programme. Open to Form Four students, the project lasted 21 weeks where participants learned the fundamentals of entrepreneurship by owning and operating a business under the guidance of Junior Achievement. Feature speaker David Dulal- Whiteway, chief executive officer, Arthur Lok Jack Global School of Business, thanked Junior Achievement T&T for its determination in encouraging young people to be active, innovative, creative and socially innovative, creative and socially responsible citizens.

By the year 2030, he told the students, technology and internet advances and the growth of robotics and artificial intelligence would bring a new range of occupations where they would need to be bi-lingual and multi-skilled.

Dulal-Whiteway advanced five principles or values for success: Passion, Purpose, Plan, Persistence and Patience.

He elaborated: “When you are passionate in what you do, people will buy your products and services. To be successful, know your purpose. You must have a business plan. Be persistent in what you want; it can mean the difference between success and failure. Be patient; sometimes in life you have to be patient and see things through.”

JA executive director, J Errol Lewis, said total estimated income for the 33 companies for 2018 was in excess of $200,000, with the Annual Trade Fair, held in April at Woodford Square, Port-of-Spain, accounting for $100,000.

He disclosed that each company contributed a portion of monies earned and/or their time toward a charity of their choice and provided more than 130 hampers to families in need.

“Use your energies positively as you pursue your careers and your life goals. As our banner declares, your future is unlimited. Think big; think far,” Lewis urged the achievers.

Lewis disclosed that, for the first time, officers of the various companies in the JA programme were trained by a highly reputable learning institution in the principles of establishing and running a successful business, through a partnership with the Arthur Lok Jack Global School of Business.

Among the major JA partners are energy company bpTT, Arthur Lok Jack Global School of Business, Scotiabank T&T and the division of co-operatives of the Ministry of Labour & Small and Micro Enterprise Development.

Winners

Winners of major awards at Junior Achievement T&T Future Unlimited
Banquet & Awards Ceremony 2018:
Achiever of the Year:
Ashley Wharwood (Finesse)
Company of the Year:
Colibri
President of the Year:
Shivala Rampersad (Colibri)
Adviser of the Year:
Kerriesse Williams
Salesperson of the Year:
Kharishma Mootoo (Euphoria)
Most Innovative Product:
New Wave
Best Trade Fair Booth:
Incrementum
Best Business Plan:
Colibri
Dawn Richards Customer
Care Challenge Trophy:
Youth Eclectic
Best Stockholder/Annual Report:
Luna Productions

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