Regatta art competition awards 36 winners

POSTED: 02/12/13 12:02 PM

St. Maarten – The 14th annual Regatta Art Competition of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta was successfully concluded with a prize giving ceremony, hosted by Elektra, on Sunday at the Sint Maarten Yacht Club. Children from many different schools submitted more than 150 creations for this competition.

Judges selected winners in the different age categories, ranging from 4-18 years old. After the prize giving the children had the opportunity to go out on the water in a sail boat, to enjoy their first sailing experience with the Sint Maarten Youth Sailing instructors. The art competition has become a regular project of the Regatta. Its objective is to get the children involved in the event and to educate them about sailing.

This year challenging assignments were added for students attending secondary schools, which resulted in some new fabulous, artistic artworks, like paintings.

A jury panel, consisting of Laura and Roland Richardson, Gary Brown, Petra Gilders and Delphaine Smith, had a hard time selecting the winners: ‘Having been part of the jury panel for the last five years, I can honestly say that this year the level of art and the prize giving participation was at its highest. Well done to all the budding artists and teachers for your enthusiasm for this great competition – and the sponsors for the truly wonderful prizes! Also to Anne Roos of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta office for the superb organization of the event,” Petra Gilders said.

At the end of the day 36 winners were chosen, representing all age categories and the different assignments. In addition, some extra prizes were handed out, like the Teacher’s Choice Award, to award children for their effort, or extreme creativity.

The prizes for the Regatta Art Competition are sponsored by several local businesses. This year four new sponsors were added, that donated some amazing prizes, such as Winair, the Art Box, Keijzer and Carrousel.
Zeynep Akyurt of SXM Montessori who made a beautiful diorama and Isaiah Haakmat of Learning Unlimited who created a wonderful Regatta painting, won 2 tickets from Winair to any destination. All the winning children received a goody bag from the Art Box with handmade jewelry from the owner, Zdenka Kiric, and a Pineapple Pete tee-shirt. In addition they received wonderful prizes consisting of fresh and tasty ice cream from Carrousel, trail rides at the Seaside Nature Park, a warm welcome at the Roland Richardson Gallery Museum, a family visit to the  Butterfly Farm, lunch at Pineapple Pete, Mp3 players and a printer from Keijzer, tickets to the St. Maarten Zoo, a snorkel tour with Aqua Mania, a Rhino Safari trip and bike, kayak-snorkel tours from TriSport. Handouts and posters were printed by Xerox and during the prize giving children could enjoy snacks and juices donated by Divico.

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