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First timers take pan glory at Schools’ Panorama

By DARCEL CHOY Monday, February 24 2014

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Principal of St Paul's Anglican School, Marlene White (centre), celebrates with teachers and parents after they were announced as winners of the Prima...
Principal of St Paul's Anglican School, Marlene White (centre), celebrates with teachers and parents after they were announced as winners of the Prima...

Although it was their first time in the competition, students of St Paul’s Anglican School and Providence and Queen’s Royal College (QRC) won this year’s Primary Schools and Secondary Schools Panorama titles

St Paul’s was able to break St Margaret’s Boys AC’s winning streak as they previously won the title six consecutive times making it nine wins overall.

The school, from San Fernando, beat out 11 other bands playing their rendition of Austin “Super Blue” Lyons’ hit, “Soca Baptist” gaining 264 points yesterday at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain.

Performing in sixth position, the students wearing yellow bandanas tied on their heads and blue t-shirts, won the crowd over and the judges with their energetic and thrilling performance. They danced and had smiles on their faces showing everyone they were having a good time. At one point, a student chipped across the stage ringing a bell which excited the crowd. When they were done, they received the loudest applause.

Speaking after they were announced the winner, principal Marlene White said how they felt was “indescribable”. She said the boys worked really hard and because of that hard work she knew they were going to win.

Last year’s champion, St Margaret’s Boys AC placed third with their rendition of “Differentology” gaining 256 points. While in second place was St Mary’s Government with their rendition of Machel Montano’s “Magic Drum”.

In the Secondary Schools category, a collaboration between Providence and QRC were able to defeat last year’s winner, St Francois Girls. The students played Merchant’s calypso “Pan In Danger”. During the performance, the students danced and jumped and sang which made an enjoyable sight for those in the stands. They were also one of the few bands who received a thunderous applause. Placing second was St Charles Girls with their rendition of Roderick “Chucky” Gordon’s “Champions”, going up one place from last year. Another first timer in the competition, Symphony of Saints - made up of students from St Mary’s College and St Joseph’s Convent - placed third with the song, “Trini” Rodney “Benjai” Le Blanc. Last year’s winner, St Francois placed fourth with Anslem Douglas’ “Big In the Dance”.

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