Beads of sweat running down their foreheads, nails bitten down to the cuticles, butterflies dancing a fevered waltz in their stomachs, anticipating and arduous waiting, but finally the wait is over. The results are finally in!!! SW Limited in collaboration with the Division of Community Development and Culture announced the winners of the Next Tobago Star competition. A team comprising of the Secretary of the Division of Culture and Community Development, Dr. Denise Tsoi-A-Fatt Angus, representatives of the SW Limited family and a camera crew, set out to inform the winners at their places of employment and at school.
The camera crew caught Tenecia Wise off guard in her Form 2 class room at Scarborough Secondary School. Her class erupted in applause and Tenecia crumbled into tears. “I’m so grateful for this chance!!” She said “I will make Tobago proud!” She then called her parents who replied with excited screams.
The crew then surprised another winner Ronelle Burkley, in what can only be described as a sniper operation, in the middle of Scarborough. Ronelle was almost moved to tears. “Wow! I can’t even talk right now! I’m so ready to take this opportunity.”
Jhevon Johnson was also caught off guard at his place of employment. In the presence of his uncle and grandfather, Jhevon got some words of advice “Go make us proud! This is a great opportunity; don’t waste it!” Jhevon said “Thank you Culture Division and SW Limited I won’t let you or Tobago down.”
Mr. Shurwayne Winchester also chose 2 other winners in the area of calypso. “I wanted to give these two young people the opportunity to expand in their craft. Calypso is the foundation of soca and I’m sure that these two will continue carrying this flag high in the calypso arena. And after hearing and seeing their passion and power how could I turn them away?”
Bishops High School 6th former, Garve Sandy was in shock after the Division of Culture and SW Limited crew turned up in her classroom and surprised her in front of her classmates. “I just want to say thank you to Mr Winchester and Dr Tsoi-A-Fatt Angus for this opportunity.” She said excitedly.
And in her place of employment in the Ministry of Tobago Development, Shemika Denoon did not even realize that the crew showed up as we found her nodding her head to music blasting through her headphones while concentrating at her computer, and had a major shock when she turned around after being nudged by a co-worker. “Oh my goodness! I can’t believe it! Thank you so much!” she said excitedly while fanning herself.
The top three (3) winner will be given a recording contract for one year, they will also be taken to SW Limited studios to have their music recorded and mastered. They will also work with a team comprising of writers, producers, PR personnel and will be mentored by Shurwayne Winchester. The two (2) special prize winners will be awarded studio time production for one (1) song. The winners will also be a feature act in the SW Limited All Inclusive event to be held on January 26th 2014, in Tobago as well as other Carnival events.