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Girls High School student, Belle Adams.
Girls High School student, Belle Adams.

Vincentian student Belle Adams has copped the top position in a regional essay competition while another Vincentian placed third.

Belle Adams, an 11-year-old form 1 student of the St. Vincent Girls’ High School emerged the winner of the essay competition which was opened to children 11-14 years. Lynn Xume, also of SVG, placed third.

The 18th annual Caribbean Child Research Conference was held Nov. 29- 30 in Antigua and Barbuda under the theme “A Safer Planet for Every Child. Striving for a world where children’s rights are respected and their voices are heard.”

Children from around the region had the opportunity to present their work based on the theme, through a research paper, essay, or poster.

The writers of the top five essays travelled to Antigua and Barbuda, where they had the opportunity to read their essays before an audience made up of a majority of their peers along with officials from UNICEF Eastern Caribbean, UWI Mona and Five Islands Campuses, and the Antigua and Barbuda Ministry of Education.

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Adams finished in the top spot with her essay titled “Our voice counts in addressing climate change.”

She highlighted the reasons why the voices of children are so important at the climate change discussion table.

The other top three writers were Kezia Alexander from Grenada, who placed second and Jahedon Noel from Trinidad and Tobago and Aaliyah Eugene, from St. Lucia who were fourth and fifth, respectively.