St Mark’s Baptist Church at Crossing Rocks was packed to capacity with young people attending the South Abaco Youth Talent competition on October 26. A large number of youth performed and were well supported by friends and family members. The talent and awards night was held as part of Youth Month celebrations.
Moderator, Frank Hepburn, Sr., after an opening prayer, welcomed the audience and then introduced the judges and gave an explanation of the rules. Nine groups and soloists from the settlements of Sandy Point, Crossing Rocks, and Cherokee Sound participated in the competition and the items presented were interesting and varied.
A poem and song were presented by students of the J.A. Pinder Primary School, Sandy Point, while three students of the Crossing Rocks Primary School performed a very well executed quadrille dance. Choral selections were delivered by choirs from St Marks Baptist Church and Deep South Seventh-Day Adventist Church, Crossing Rocks, and Mount Zion Baptist Youth Choir, Sandy Point.
A Praise Dance was performed by ‘The Pearls’ and a solo dance was performed by the youngest competitor, three-year-old Brenesia Bain. Though at first a little hesitant to perform, with a little support from an older friend, Brenesia overcame her nerves and delighted the audience with her performance. Vocal solos were performed by a young man from Sandy Point and a young lady from Cherokee Sound.
It was altogether a delightful evening and the standard of talent was excellent. Moderator, Mr. Hepburn, was very excited by the performances and stated, “I am thrilled by the talent I have seen here tonight.”
The three winners were presented with trophies and the standings were:
3. Students of J. A. Pinder Primary School.
2. Students of Crossing Rocks Primary School.
1. Deep South Seventh-Day Adventist Church Choir.
Certificates of appreciation were also presented to members of the communities of South Abaco in the categories of sports, business, education, community service, religion, creative arts, crafts, youth enterprise and youth leader.
It was also a special awards night for the volleyball players. The volleyball trophy, along with medals and certificates, was presented to the winning team of the Independence and Hepburn Investment Tournaments. The volleyball tournaments were held between July and September between the Royal Nets of Sandy Point and the Rockers of Crossing Rocks.
“These young ladies have been playing their hearts out since July and I have seen tremendous improvement on both sides,” stated Moderator Mr. Hepburn. The Crossing Rocks Rockers were crowned 2013 to 2014 Volleyball Champs. The title of Coach of the Year went to Nadia Stuart Sands and MVP was Nathalie Burrows.