Immigration officer wins 1st Justice Song Festival

POSTED: 10/13/15 3:37 PM

hill winnerwwKenisha Hill winner of the justice song festival 2015. Hill also won best popularity prize. Photo Today / Andrew Dick

St. Maarten – Immigration officer Kenisha Hill won the first ever justice song festival on Friday evening at the Rock House restaurant located in Port de Plaisance. Organized by the Police Sports Association, the event saw justice officials coming together and raise funds for next year’s police week in Aruba.

The fun filled evening was anchored by the master of ceremonies Leroy Brooks. Minister of Justice Denis Richardson sat in the front row to cheer on the various acts. The Fire Department was represented by Officers Esmond Hodge and Michael Hodge, Immigration represented by Kenisha Hill, French police representative Fabian Richards, VKS representative commander Tony Rogers and Kelvin Mason and Dutch Police force representatives Angelo Blijden and Naomi Alexander. The judges were Laverne Henry, Karen Cadogen, Oris Jack and head judge Ester Roach. The criteria for the song festival were articulation, development and depth of idea, structure, narrative coherence organization melody, rendition and presentation.

Kenisha brought the house down with her rendition of Thinking Out Loud from Ed Sheeran, the entire crowd sang along and enjoyed her style of singing. Hill also won the popularity award for the event. The police force representative Angelo “Lover boy” Blijden sang Stay With Me by Sam Smith which landed him the runner up in the song festival while Naomi Alexander placed third. VKS commander Tony Rogers impressed judges and the crowd with the song To Love Somebody by Michael Bolton.

The police sports association recently changed presidents according to Claudio Illis the new president. The foundation has a new board consisting of Alfred Leito vice president, Willy Wiel-Williams treasurer, Sharetti Hooi assistant treasurer, Jessica Christina secretary, Janice Philips assistant secretary and Richell Doran board member. The association has been in existence for more than 30 years. Turhan Simmons who is known in the community as Pico has been actively involved in the association from the onset. New president Claudio Illis said during his speech at the event that “Pico has been a big part of the organization for years and it is only fitting that we honor Mr. Simmons tonight for his dedication to the association over the years. The Youth Waves band ended the evening performing their hit songs while the participants and audience danced the night away until 3am.

More photos of this event on page 9.

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