Chairman of the Courtney Walsh Award selection committee, Brian George, suggested that as the prestigious Award evolves, teams could be considered as possible candidates for selection. George pointed to the Sunshine Girls as an example of a team that truly epitomised the values and character of the Courtney Walsh Award, which is hosted by the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund. “As we talk about the harmonious development and contribution to country, and we consider the values of what the Courtney Walsh award stands for, teams such as the Sunshine Girls come to mind … . They are examples that truly epitomise the values and character of what the Courtney Walsh Award represents. I hope the committee will consider this going forward,” said George. He added that sports should represent fair play and respect for others. “Sports is more than just about winning and achieving great results on the field, but should represent fair play, respect for others and respect for the rules and harmonious development and contribution to a country,” the selection committee chairman pointed out at the 11th annual opening of nominations for the Courtney Walsh Award for Excellence. The launch took place at Cuddy’z Sports Bar and Restaurant in New Kingston last Thursday. In appealing to the wider community to send in nominations, George urged them not to always look for the obvious choice or be seduced into thinking that it is a popularity award, but rather to select someone in the sporting field who genuinely represents the characters of sportsmanship set out in the criteria for selection. Minister with responsibility for sport, Natalie Neita-Headley, said she noted with pride that apart from the resilience and excellence being displayed among our athletes, there was also the growing trend of humility, which was one of the main criteria for selection in the Courtney Walsh Award for Excellence. “It’s not about the beating of the chest, but being grateful to God, to their coaches and managers for guiding them this far,” noted Neita-Headley. She also expressed her gratitude to CHASE for partnering in the process of celebrating excellence in sports. outstanding achievement The criteria for selection stipulate that the awardee must be Jamaican and possess qualities that include a history of outstanding achievement in their chosen sport, with notable achievements in the calendar year preceding the award; a spirit of sportsmanship and goodwill; appropriate leadership skills; appropriate deportment, a high level of discipline and integrity, both inside and outside of the sports arena and humility even in the face of victory. The winner of the award will receive $500,000 and an exquisitely designed crystal trophy. Male and female athletes at the secondary level will again be recognised with an award at this year’s ceremony for both academic and sporting achievements. The first awards were presented in 2013. Winners will be presented with a cash award of $250,000 and trophies. Nominations for the award close on September 18, with the award ceremony taking place on October 15 at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel. The selection committee includes Mike Fennell, president, Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA); Horace G. Helps, senior journalist; Compton Rodney, JOA; Don Anderson, chairman, Institute of Sports; Dr Walton Small, president, ISSA; Donovan Bennett, secretary, Jamaica Cricket Association; and representing CHASE, Saleem Lazarus, Dr Winston Dawes and Fae Ellington.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Sydney Snider, OCJ FFA reporterThe 91st National FFA Convention and Expo was a memorable experience for attendees across the country. Featuring a concert from Garth Brooks, countless student winners and a visit from President Trump, the convention was full of energy, passion and booming enthusiasm. The convention was held in Indianapolis from Oct. 24 to 27.Blake Campbell is the adviser at Warren high school in Washington County.For a first-year FFA adviser, Convention brought light to the “behind the scenes” work that advisers put in for Campbell.“Convention was different in many ways as a teacher over a student,” Campbell said. “This time I was in charge of finding restaurants for dinner along with helping the bus navigate Indianapolis, which can be a challenge during convention. I was in charge of making sure we had all students at each stop we left — making sure to not leave anyone behind.”The Warren FFA Chapter took 13 students to convention. Campbell was nervous, yet excited, about taking students to Convention for the first time. On the trip, he had to step in to a “dad” role for some of his students.“This was my first trip with students and I wanted to make sure everything went smooth. A few students got sick while on the trip so I had to play dad and care for those who were sick,” Campbell said.Despite caring for sick students, Campbell was grateful for the experience at National Convention.“The most rewarding part about taking students to convention was on the ride home the students were talking about what all they learned during the sessions, career shows, and workshops,” he said. “It was great to hear them talk about bringing back the skills they learned to our chapter and community.”Campbell previously attended Convention as a student and state FFA officer. From his new role as an FFA advisor, he said he realized how valuable convention is for students.“Most of the students I took to Convention had never been on a trip like this. They were able to learn responsibility and care for themselves. The students had to budget money to spend on food and other items that wanted,” Campbell said.While at convention, Campbell’s students attended the second general session and several leadership workshops.“The sessions and workshops provided leadership and skills that they were able to bring back home. The career fair also showcased future college possibilities and workforce options,” he said.Campbell and the Warren FFA Chapter are already excited to plan for next year’s Convention, especially the tasty places they’ll stop to eat.“I like to find local and non chain restaurants to eat at during convention so that the students can experience something different,” Campbell said.Much like Campbell, first-year convention attendee Halee Robinson also had an memorable time at the National FFA Convention and Expo. Robinson is a freshman FFA member at Alexander high school, located in Athens County.“It was a place for meeting people from all over the U.S., making new friendships that will last a lifetime and creating memories,” Robinson said.Unlike some freshman, Robinson wasn’t nervous about attending Convention. She said she was simply unsure what to expect. But she found great value in the sessions, speakers and the “inspirational environment.”“The most rewarding part about the convention was getting the opportunity to experience the meaningful messages of a worldwide organization that so many students are part of,” Robinson said.Robinson knows not every student gets the chance to attend convention and she’s thankful she had the chance to travel to Indianapolis.“I was fortunate enough to have the chance to see what convention was all about,” Robinson said. “As a student, I feel that convention was valuable to me because it provided information that allowed me to develop social and communication skills.”The 91st National FFA Convention and Expo theme, “Just One” resonated quite a bit with Robinson.“My favorite part about being an FFA member is just one idea can make a difference in my community and yours,” she said. “It can further improve the image of agriculture in America and the public’s eye.”Robinson didn’t hesitate to say she would encourage other students to attend Convention so they too can apply what they learn in their chapter and community.The Ohio FFA Association was well represented by FFA members from across the state. To learn about convention results and plans for the 92nd National FFA Convention and Expo, visit convention.ffa.org.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Not many changes in the near term forecast, but from this weekend forward, our outlook is trending just a little wetter. However, the extended period is up for grabs, with models flip-flopping quite badly. Here is our look this morning. Today will be rain-free over nearly all of Ohio. South and south west flow will allow temps to climb to normal and above normal levels today. This will increase the instability in our atmosphere as we head in to tomorrow. That is where we see the best moisture potential out of this current system. Showers arrive in western Ohio around midday, and then spread east through the balance of the afternoon. Showers and thunderstorms will be in through the overnight tomorrow night into early Friday morning, triggering .25”-.75” rains over a 80% of the state. The heaviest rains will be mostly south of I-70 where we have the best chance of thunderstorms, both strong and garden variety. Friday afternoon we will have plenty of clouds and some limited sun, although we may be able to see those clouds give way to more sun before sunset. Colder air returns behind the Thursday frontal complex. We keep sunshine into Saturday as well, but mostly in the morning and midday. Clouds increase again late Saturday afternoon. We have not been able to shake that concern about thunderstorms Saturday night into Sunday, and in fact the complex looks to be strengthening this morning. We expect rain and thunderstorms overnight Saturday overnight through all of Sunday with rain totals expected from .5”-2.5” and 90% coverage. The heaviest action again will be in southern Indiana. Clouds mix with some sunshine the rest of Sunday afternoon. Next week then is mostly dry. Partly to mostly sunny skies will be in over the region Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. A new wrinkle in the forecast allows for scattered showers next Tuesday. The amount of moisture is not that big of a story…we could see up to .3” and perhaps 40%-50% coverage through Wednesday morning. The story, though, is the fact that the moisture in the area interrupts a potential stretch of dry days and slows drying substantially. Hopefully this moisture dissipates, but right now is looking strong enough to hang around. Another cluster of rain and thunderstorm action comes in late next week for Thursday overnight through Friday morning. Rain potential come in around .25”-.75” with 80% coverage. Friday afternoon starts to see some clearing. The map at right shows total 10 day rainfall potential, if things come together as outlined above. The bulk of the moisture shown on this map would develop Saturday overnight through Sunday. For the extended 11-16 day window, we start dry for Saturday the 18th. Models then try to bring moderate to heavy rain in for the remaining 5 days of the extended window. We are not making those kinds of changes to our forecast this morning, though, as the dramatic change in model solutions just came on quickly, out of nowhere. Instead, we will continue to look for scattered showers around Monday the 20th into Tuesday the 21st, with potential of .25”-1.5”. We will monitor the extended period going forward, and when a true pattern shows itself, we will adjust our forecast accordingly. However, we don’t feel it is prudent to make any changes of significance this morning.