November 17, 2008, vol xiv, number 11
World Food Day Activities Attract Thousands
Central High Team Named 'Youth Super Chef'
An event designed to draw atten-
tion to the plight of world hunger at-
tracted thousands of people to the Uni-
versity of the Virgin Islands St. Croix
campus. World Food Day activities on
Nov. 2 brought about 3,000 people to
"This year, more than ever, world
food security is at a critical stage," said
Clarice Clarke, public information spe-
cialist for UVI's Cooperative Extension
Service (CES). "The challenges of cli-
mate change, the price of food and the Top: Central High Sch
rising demand for biofuels produced team competes at Wor
from food crops has an impact on the Bottom: Vegetable se
poor," she said at the opening ceremony
of the World Food Day activity.
This year's featured agricultural
products were sorrel, sweet corn and
lamb. Activities included the first-time
"Youth Super Chef' competition, edu-
cational workshops and a food drive.
For the "Youth Super Chef"
completion, teams from participating
schools prepared dishes made from the
featured agricultural products in front
of a live audience. The food was judged on presentation, taste
The Central High School team won in the Senior High
category and the Elena Christian Junior High School team
won in the Junior High category. The
winning teams received trophies and
Kitchenaid sets. There were a total of
The Kids Can Make a Difference
food drive collected 2,800 pounds of
non-perishable food items for the Haiti
Relief Effort and local food banks.
L a j Tweleve hundred of the items were
given to St. Croix Rotary West for ship-
ment to Haiti and the rest were distrib-
uted to My Brothers Table and the
ol "Youth Super Chef' LightHouse on St. Croix.
dFood Day activities. In addition to the activities,
lings are distributed, attendees had the opportunity to tour
Agricultural Experiment Station (AES)
facilities, purchase fruits, vegetables and
other agricultural products, purchase
|food and receive vegetable seedings.
A total of 1,200 vegetable seedlings
-^" were distributed.
"World Food Day was a wonder-
ful opportunity for members of the com-
munity to visit the campus, attend edu-
-*, :_ nationall workshops, and sample dishes
made from our featured crops such as
sorrel drink, sorrel sorbet, corn bread, corn casserole, sorrel
sauce and stewed lamb," Clarke said.
World Food Day is sponsored by UVI's AES, CES and
the V.I. Department of Agriculture.
Nov. 17 Environmental Workshops STX Nov. 22 Upward Bound Breakfast Sale STX
Nov 19-22 GIS Conference STT Nov. 22 Free Snorkel Clinic STX
Nov. 20 SGA Guest Lecture STT Nov. 23 Student Music Recital STT
Nov. 20 Incentive Awards Ceremony STT Nov. 26 UVI-SC Town Hall Meeting STT/STX
Nov. 19 UVI-SC Town Hall Meeting STT/STX Dec. 6 Christmas Concert STT
Nov. 21 Incentive Awards Ceremony STX Dec. 13 Holiday Gala STX
Nov. 22-23 STT/STJAgricultureFair STT Dec. 14 Holiday Dinner STT
UVI Students and Administator
to go to Obama's Inauguration
Seven University of the Virgin Islands students will get
the highly coveted opportunity to attend the inauguration of
President-elect Barack Obama. The inauguration is expected
to attract more than one million people to Washington, D.C.
Most hotels are already booked ahead of the Jan. 20 event
and people across the country are clamoring for tickets to
"I am excited about the opportunity to witness history in
the making when our first black president takes his oath of
office," said Wayne Petersen, a student who will attend. Golden
Key Honour Society members on both UVI campuses were
invited by the Presidential Youth Inaugural Conference
(PYIC). The five-day conference provides outstanding stu-
dents from across the nation who participate with a deeper
understanding of the history behind the electoral process and
the traditions surrounding the presidential inauguration. Golden
Key members from the St. Croix campus will attend.
The inaugural scholars will witness the inauguration and
experience the inaugural parade, as President Obama, Vice
President Joe Biden and their families make their way down
Pennsylvania Avenue from the Capitol Building to the White
House. They will also attend a black-tie gala inaugural ball.
"It is a wonderful opportunity for us to witness first-hand
the inauguration of our 44th president, who happens to be
African American," said Nickaya Armantranding. "It's so
fortunate for us to be able to participate."
"I am honored and blessed to be part of this historic event,"
said Leana Timothy. "This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity
that I will forever cherish and as a prospective elementary
teacher, my students will definitely benefit from my experi-
Other students who will attend are Melina Moore, Diane
DaCosta, Renako Wells and Sharmane Simon.
Rick Grant won the title of "Mr.
Kool" at a competition ofthe same
name held on Nov. 8, on the St.
Thomas campus. Donald Gibson
two competed against two others
Nicholas Buckley and Wendel
Grouby -for the title. They com-
peted in introduction, speech,
beachwear, talent and Mr Kool
wear. Event chairperson Jadee
Caines said the competition went very well. "People wanted
to see i..... bih, di diterent and that' what they got, Caines
In addition to UVI student participation, St. Croix Cam-
pus Associate Campus Executive Administrator Miriam
Osborne Elliott was selected by the conference committee to
serve as a PYIC faculty advisor. In that capacity she will
facilitate group meetings, prepare students for each day's
activities and present educational content for the program.
As a founding member of the St. Croix chapter of the
Golden Key Honour Society, Osborne Elliott said she is proud
to be able to facilitate the students' participation. "I look for-
ward to seeing the outcome of this investment in our students
and who they will become as a result of this pivotal point in
history," she said.
The students are currently rasing funds to assist with the
cost of airfare, winter clothing and hotel rooms. The UVI
Institutional Advancement Office provided funds for the stu-
dents' conference registration.
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