The Rotary Club of Princes Town Trinidad and Tobago under the leadership of its President Jamir Ousman hosted through part proceeds from its recent 21st Annual Chokha Festival, its Achievement and Scholarship awards on the 22nd November 2014 at the NESC Centre, Ste Madeline. 
The event was hosted to recognise and honour the top performers in SEA examinations and the winners of National Scholarships residing within its jurisdiction and to grant scholarships to deserving students who also reside within the Club’s jurisdiction. 
At the event the Club recognised the outstanding academic performance of 13 SEA students and 37 National Scholarship winners by the award of trophies from the Club. 
Four students, Kerry Omar Mohammed, Kareem Imtiaz Mohammed, Chloe Bishop and Shereece Boodram, who are all pursuing tertiary level studies, were granted scholarships in the sum of $5,000.00 each to assist in defraying some of the costs associated with tertiary level education. 
The Club was very privileged to have Senator The Honourable Dr. Rolph Balgobin as its feature speaker for the event.  Dr. Balgobin’s lively references to his own school experiences and words of wisdom quoting from renowned philosophers were well received by the students, their parents and Rotarians alike. 
Assistant Governor Dr. Michael Kangaloo attended the event and brought greetings on behalf of the District Governor. 
MP Nela Khan, the donor of the Nela Khan Challenge Trophy was also on hand to present her trophy to the winning recipient. The Nela Khan Challenge Trophy is presented annually to the top performer in SEA examinations within the Club’s jurisdiction and this year’s recipient was Shivanna Sudama of Robert Village Hindu School. 
There was no shortage of entertainment during the course of the event starting with a rendition of the National Anthem and later a musical item by Kyle Ali on the steel pan, a Latin dance by Daynia Pirtheesingh and BJay Hackshaw live violin performance of popular Christmas carols by Marina Gayah of Court Street Chamber Orchestra and Spoken Words on the topic of tobacco use by Fedel Iwueke graduate of San Fernando Government Secondary School, all of which were professionally executed and thoroughly enjoyed by those in attendance.
The award winning students expressed their appreciation of the Club’s recognition and Rotarian Debbie Roopchand delivered a vote of thanks on behalf of the Club and brought the formal proceedings to a close at approximately 5:15 p.m.
This gave way to the students and their parents sharing refreshments provided by the Club and mingling with other invitees and Rotarians to the strain of lively parang music. 
All present felt uplifted by the event which showcased the academic excellence that resides in our youths and the Club wishes to specially thank its Awards Committee Chair Rudolph Ali and all persons who contributed in one way or another to the hosting of the event and its overwhelming success.
Debbie Roopchand
Public Relations Director/Press Officer