Twelve students were awarded for their creativity last Friday at Government House by Their Excellencies Governor General Sir Rodney Williams and Lady Williams in the eighth annual Halo Christmas Art Competition.
In brief remarks to the students and parents, the governor general indicated that although the number of participating schools slightly declined from 22 schools in 2021 to 19 schools in 2022, the number of art entries had increased.
“As I have always stressed, we recognise the importance of culture and the arts, even while we appreciate the significance of science and technology”, said Sir Rodney.
“We are therefore committed to lending our support to encourage improvement in the areas of music, art and culture wherever possible.”
The Halo Christmas Card Competition, an annual feature on the Halo Foundation’s calendar of activities, highlights the artistic abilities of the nation’s youth.
President and Founder of the Halo Foundation, H.E. Lady Williams remarked, “Although the number of entries is more or less consistent on a yearly basis, the quality of art still requires some improvement.
“We are currently working on a project intended to further assist the improvement of art in our schools, the details of which will be announced later.”
The overall winner for the second successive year was Meeghan Smith of the Antigua Girls’ High School.
Awardees were presented with cheques and first place entrants also received art supplies.
The overall winner and school received trophies.
This year marked the first in which entries were submitted by disabled students through CHATS Antigua.