Alexandria Bacchus, right, collects her prize money from the NTRC’s Operations Manager Lesrene Charles.

Alexandria Bacchus of the St. Joseph’s Convent Kingstown (SJCK) is the winner of the National Telecommunications Regulatory Commission’s (NTRC) National Public Library’s Helping Young People Excel (HYPE) website design competition.

Bacchus was awarded EC$500 by the NTRC during a short awards ceremony held at the Public Library in Richmond Hill on Friday.

“I put in a lot of hard work and used my break time and lunch hour to do it. I feel so glad and I will like to come to HYPE again,” Bacchus said after collecting the prize money from the NTRC’s Operations Manager Lesrene Charles.

The Form 5s student at the SJCK hails from Richland Park.

HYPE is a teen programme held annually by the National Public Library. The theme for this year’s programme was “Techknow Teens: Web Design”. The programme ran from Aug. 10 to Aug. 21 and had 30 participants between the ages 13 to 15 years old.

From left standing: Dana Neverson, Aubrey Gould (HYPE Committee Member), Director of Libraries Michelle King-Campbell and Monique Rodgers-Murray (IT Coordinator Library). Sitting: Lesrene Charles, Bacchus and Andra Keizer. From left standing: Dana Neverson, Aubrey Gould (HYPE Committee Member), Director of Libraries Michelle King-Campbell and Monique Rodgers-Murray (IT Coordinator Library). Sitting: Lesrene Charles, Bacchus and Andra Keizer.

At the launch of the programme, Director at the NTRC, Apollo Knights, told participants that he would reward the best website design.

Coordinator of HYPE, Dana Neverson, said the objectives of the programme were: to inspire a positive attitude in teens thereby exposing them to tools that can be used to reach their goals; to demonstrate the importance of technology in their daily lives, to provide an important skill to teens that may increase their job opportunities; to provide a positive environment for teens to learn and share ideas and to promote reading as an integral part of success.

Neverson said that the NTRC’s contribution to the HYPE programme was greatly appreciated as it gave the participants an added incentive.

“They learned to create a website and were given the opportunity to be awarded for their hard work”, Neverson said.