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Carnival 2013

All hail Marq Pierre

By JANELLE DESOUZA Tuesday, February 5 2013

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NEW KING CROWNED: Marq Pierre, winner of the National Junior Calypso Monarch which he won yesterday to dethrone three-time winner, Aaron Duncan. He ar...
NEW KING CROWNED: Marq Pierre, winner of the National Junior Calypso Monarch which he won yesterday to dethrone three-time winner, Aaron Duncan. He ar...

MARQ PIERRE, 16, yesterday dethroned three-time Junior Calypso Monarch, Aaron Duncan, to win first place at the National Junior Calypso Monarch finals at the Queen’s Park Savannah.

Performing in 13th place, Pierre took the stage by stepping out from the back seat of a black Hummer with licence plate “PM1” dressed in a black tuxedo. Surrounded by three ‘‘security guards’’ also dressed in black, he waved to the crowd, basking in the adoration before realising that it was just a dream.

The song, “What If We Knew,” reminded the crowd that there would always be obstacles in the way of success. However, he said dreams could be realised if persons used their individual gifts, worked hard, and were disciplined. He told the audience to believe that royal blood was in their veins; that they were entitled to reach their goals; but that they should keep focussed, and keep weighing the factors.

Speaking with the media after the winners were announced, Pierre, a student of the Sangre Grande Educational Institute, thanked God for the win, saying he was grateful and humbled. However, he said the victory was not unexpected as he went to the Savannah with a confident attitude and with every intention of putting his beat foot forward. Asked how it felt to best Duncan, Pierre, who was also the Flavourite Supreme Ice Cream 2011 Secondary Schools Junior Soca Monarch, said, “It’s a very good victory to know I can face one of the best, the 16 best junior artistes, and win. It feels awesome. It makes me have a sense of belief in myself as to build my confidence. I’m humbled for this victory.” Pierre stated that there were some difficulties getting his back-up singers and props to the Savannah, but, as in his song, they worked through the obstacles and were successful. He also had a message to youths. He encouraged them to put any obstacles aside, and put their best foot forward even though life may throw rocks at them.

Chevannise Parks, Pierre’s mother, said she was very proud of her son, who had worked hard for the crown. She thanked his large support network, which included his school, neighbourhood, family and friends.

In second place was Sharissa Camejo of Sacred Heart Girls’ RC School with the song, “Ah Supporting Meh Country”. In the song, Camejo noted that “the situation was tense” with all the cases of crime, violence and corruption in the country. However, she said she was still “proud and glad” to be born in Trinidad and Tobago, and encouraged all to “pick up” the country and support it so that one day it would “rise up strong.”

Shervonne N’Kola Rodney, a student of El Dorado West Secondary, won third place with her song, “Beat That,” in which she struck out against bullies. She described bullying as an epidemic that was affecting the lives of the nation’s youths. She told the audience it was time to “put the bullies in check” and told them if they wanted to beat something, to beat their school books. In forth place was Garve Sandy of Bishops High School in Tobago singing “Pillars of T and T.” N’Janela Regis of Eshe’s Learning Centre placed fifth with Record “My Song”, and former champion, Aaron Duncan of Newtown Boys’ RC School placed sixth with “Aim High.”

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