Barbados news. Four young calypsonians were yesterday honoured by their school, the Alleyne Secondary School, for their musical and Crop Over achievements. As noted by Debra Bascombe, Art Teacher of the school and presentation co-ordinator, the school wanted to acknowledge the young ladies and show the students that the school had a lot to offer.

The four were Regional Calypso Queen, Crystal Cummings-Beckles; Junior Monarch Queen, QuinnPrescott (Quinn P), Samantha Graves, (Sammy G) and 2012 Junior Monarch Queen, Aisha “Mandisa” Butcher.

Pic from the Barbados Adocate

Pic from the Barbados Advocate

The presentation, which took place before the entire school during General Assembly, saw the four ladies praised and honoured for their hard work amidst the cheers of their Alleyne alumnae.

According to Bascombe, at least three of the young ladies took part in the school’s music competition and she revealed that Crystal Cummings-Beckles had placed second out of 100 contestants at that time.

As noted by Bascombe, “We at The Alleyne School thought it was very important to acknowledge the fact that these four ladies went to this school. I want you to note that in the 13- 8 age group at the beginning of the competition, there were 39 persons and in there we had two past students of The Alleyne School – Sammy G and Aisha Butcher. Sammy G placed third and Aisha also was in the finals. Out of 39 persons and Alleyne School had 2 persons in the finals; I think that is commendable!”

Acknowledging the fact that Crystal Cummings-Beckles went on to the Pic-O-De-Crop finals and that Aisha Butcher had also been in the semi-finals of this calypso event, Bascombe explained to the cheering students that it was indeed important to be a proud student of The Alleyne School.

“It is important, first-formers of this school, that you understand that you need to be a proud Alleynian!” she stated.

By Ashlee Cox, From the Barbados Advocate, 14/09/13