Presenting the 2018 Personality Award Nominees
as well as the overall winners in the Artist Competition and
in the three categories of the Youth Essay Competition


Energy plays a vital role in the economic and social development of any society. All countries and communities in the Caribbean need affordable, reliable, secure, sustainable and climate-friendly supplies of energy.

CARICOM Energy Month is an initiative of the CARICOM Secretariat that seeks to raise awareness in relation to energy matters in Member States whilst simultaneously addressing, in a deliberate way, some of the critical energy issues that continue to limit sustainable energy use and the sustainable economic development of the Region.

In 2017, as part of the Energy Month, the CARICOM Secretariat organised three regional competitions:






Fourteen-year old Ariel Albert of St. Joseph’s Convent in Saint Lucia proved that one can present structured arguments in favour of the transition to sustainable energy effectively, while also respecting the 700-word limit of the competition’s rules!

Secondary Education laureate of the younger section (Forms 1-3 / Grade 7-9)

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Kiziah Soverall, of Bishop’s High School in Tobago, like the other secondary education competitors, had to make her case while respecting a 700-word limit, a feat she accomplished worthily, despite only learning of the competition on the eve of its closing date!

Secondary Education laureate of the senior section (Forms 4-6 / Grade 10-13)

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Sasha Woodroffe, from Guyana. Ms Woodroffe’s interest in energy and more generally in sustainable development stems largely from her background in economics, which she has been studying since 6th Form, and her winning essay certainly demonstrates a good understanding of the links between economic growth, livelihoods and a necessary transition to sustainable, affordable and reliable energy.

Currently a third-year student at the St. Augustine Campus of the University of the West Indies, she won both this category’s Essay Award and the Golden Pen Award for the best overall entry within the Essay Competition.

Download Sasha's full profile (PDF, 447,12KB)


The winner of the 2017 CARICOM Young Energy Artist Competition is eleven-year old Naomi Allard, a pupil at the St. Andrew’s Methodist School in Grenada; alongside her, Mr Kenson Baptiste, the school’s acting principal, was also rewarded for his role in promoting knowledge of the challenges relating to clean energy.

The second prize went to eight-year old Alyssa Blanco of Belize’s Compassion School, while nine-year old Siddharth Ramessar of Ermsville Primary School in Guyana was awarded the third prize.

Download the full profile of this category's laureate (PDF, 974,77KB)