Students contributed to design St. Maarten Parliament crest

POSTED: 04/17/11 9:18 PM

St. Maarten – Parliament of St. Maarten Coram Populo is the text on the crest of the parliament that was revealed yesterday during a ceremony at the Caribbean Palm Building. Students of St. Dominic High, Learning Unlimited and St. Maarten Academy submitted a combined 28 designs. Professional designers merged elements from the three winning designs into a crest with dominating Ikea-colors – yellow and blue – that give it an almost Scandinavian allure. But the elements in the design – the rising sun, the pelican that stretches its wings and a soft touch at the bottom that suggests the sea surrounding the island – make it a perfect though thoroughly modern fit for a Caribbean parliament.

Though President Gracita Arrindell had called all parliamentarians to court most members were absent. The only MPs present were independent Patrick Illidge, UP-members Sylvia Olicvacce-Meyers, Jules James and Johan Leonard, DP’s Roy Marlin and Lloyd Richardson on behalf of the National Alliance.

Christopher Nelson of St. Dominic High submitted the design that was chosen as the best. For his efforts he received a dell laptop with a printer and a scanner, plus a Winair return ticket to any destination within the airline’s network.

Linedia S. Masson’s design came in as second best and she was rewarded with an HP laptop and a printer. Donnel Ferreira’s neat design was good for third place, and for that he received an Acer mini laptop.

The prizes were sponsored by three local banks, WIB, Nova Scotia and First Caribbean.

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