A grand celebration from Willowdene supporters followed the announcement of Willowdene’s first and second placement in the JCDC Children’s Gospel Final held on Sunday May 28, 2017 at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre, Kingston.
The Willowdene High School Choir emerged as first place winners for the choir category ages 11- 15. This is the first time in the school’s history that the Willowdene High School choir has won gold.
Meanwhile the Melody sister’s (Cavail Barrett, Ashleigh Cummings and Abbigayle Brown) received silver for the ensemble category, ages 11-15.
Mr. Peter Williams, Principal of the Willowdene Group of School’s commended the students for their hard work and dedication.
“I am very proud of these students they represented the institution well and have taken the school to another level,” he said.
Williams recalled when the announcement was made how thankful he was.
“I jumped up out of my seat immediately,” he said, “and even today I am still happy and excited that I was there to share in their moment of victory”.
Mr. Richardo Campbell Music Teacher at the Willowdene High School with responsibility for the choir thanked the choir for their commitment and hard work.
“This is a big achievement for us and we will use this as our motivation to keep doing our best as we look forward to next year,” he said.
Mr. Allman Brown, Group Manager for the Melody Sister’s lauded the girls for a job well done.
“The ladies displayed phenomenal strength and delivered a powerful performance,” he noted.
He also expressed appreciation to the JCDC and the Administrators and Teachers at Willowdene High School for the incredible role they both played in the girl’s success.
“I am very grateful that as a Seventh-day Adventist Christian institution we are providing our students with the ability to develop this expression of art and then allowing them the opportunity to share it with others and the JCDC Children’s Gospel Final is just one way of doing so.
The members of the Choir and Melody Sisters are thankful for the support from their teachers, family and friends and are looking forward to JCDC Children’s Gospel Finals 2018.