William Knibb student aims for global art title

April 24, 2018
Ayreonna Grubb (right), Grade 10 student of the William Knibb Memorial High School in Martha Brae, Trelawny, receives an award from Kevin Murray, branch manager of Toyota Jamaica's Montego Bay office.

Ayreonna Grubb, a Grade 10 industrial technical student of the William Knibb Memorial High School in Trelawny, recently achieved third place in the national Toyota Dream Car Art Contest 2018.

She has also been entered in the upcoming global competition with which could see her winning a trip to Japan.

Grubb, 15, received a number of prizes during an award ceremony held at the school. Her prizes included a computer tablet, a wireless headphone and a book voucher valued at J$7,500.

"I'm excited but also nervous because I'm going up against the entire world, and I'm happy I got third place," Grubb said. "I didn't know I would have won, because other students from the school entered the competition, but when I heard my name I got excited. It's the first competition I've ever won."

The national contest was held between October 2017 and March 2018 under the theme, 'Your Dream Car'.

Participants used crayons, markers, colouring pencils and watercolours to create hand-drawn illustrations of their ideas for cars.

Over 90 children took part, competing in the seven-and-below category, the eight-to-11 category, and the 12-to-15 category.

Lorna Jackson, principal of William Knibb High School, had high praise for Grubb's performance.

"Art is not one of the things we're usually known for, because we usually do essay competitions, music and sports. This is something else to add to the list, and we are very happy for Ayreonna," said Jackson.

The global competition will be held between April and May. The winners will travel to Japan with their parents or guardians, to attend the final award ceremony in August.

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