This morning was a proud moment for St. John’s Vianney Primary School in Belize City as one of the students was awarded by the National Institute of Culture and History. 12-year-old, Glenn Avilez, a standard six student, won the NICH and the Department of Youth Services Christmas Card Cover Contest. Avilez was given a plaque and a five-hundred-dollar cheque by NICH during this morning’s school assembly. Love News spoke with Sapna Budhrani, the President of NICH, about the competition.
Sapna Budhrani: “The competition was open to all students from the DYS program from Ms. Fiona Su. We are hoping to open it this year to all students countrywide and not only to the DYS program. It is a competition that we started a couple years ago where we ask kids for art pieces and we select one and we put it in our Christmas card.
Johnelle Mckenzie: “What were some of the criteria you are looking for when selecting the winner?”
Sapna Budhrani: “Creativity and as you all know NICH is responsible for promoting and safeguarding our cultures and building pride in our country and so that was one of the criteria to see which one has the Christmas spirit but at the same time represents our country.
This is not the first award or competition that Avilez has won as he has entered multiple contests prior. Despite that, each one still comes as a surprise for him.
Glenn Avilez Winner: “I was in the art class for four years. I saw my brothers doing it so I challenged myself to do it too. I thought of Christmas in Belize with the cultures and the Belizean culture in it.
Karen Dougal, Avilez’s mother told Love News that her son is quite passionate about art.