St. Maarten Youth Parliament Art, Poetry & Essay Competition: Celebrating the Rights of the Child

The St. Maarten Youth Parliament will be commemorating the Rights of the Child with an Art, Poetry & Essay Competition. The competition is open to students of the various elementary and secondary schools. The contest is divided into four categories: the Art Contest for Grades 1 – 3; Poetry Contest for Grades 4 & 5; Essay Contest for Grade 6; and an Essay Contest for Secondary School Students. The competition is based on the theme, "My Country St. Maarten."


The young artists would draw or paint a picture depicting life as a child growing up on St. Maarten. The poets will write a poem, in English, on the theme, with a maximum of twenty lines. The Grade Six essay should be no more than 300 words, while the Secondary School Essay should be 500 words.Each entry will receive a certificate of participation. Entries (essay or poems) may be emailed to sx*************@ho*****.com or delivered to the office of the St Maarten Youth Council Association at the Rupert I Maynard Youth Community Center. Deadline for submission is Monday November 19, 2012. Prizes will be awarded to the top three contestants in each category. A special exhibition will be held at 7 pm on Friday November 30, 2012, to showcase the work produced by the participants, and present the awards. The exhibition and prize giving ceremony will take place at the Rupert I Maynard Youth Community Center.