Monday 27 May, 2019

JN Bank greets Mr and Miss JTA finalists

Finalists in the Mr and Miss JTA St Andrew pageant (from left): Danielle Haye; Ricardo Tracy and Onikeh Clue, share a laugh, during a special mingle hosted by JN Bank at the JN Fund Managers headquarters in New Kingston.

Finalists in the Mr and Miss JTA St Andrew pageant (from left): Danielle Haye; Ricardo Tracy and Onikeh Clue, share a laugh, during a special mingle hosted by JN Bank at the JN Fund Managers headquarters in New Kingston.

The management and members of JN Bank and the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) recently came together for an evening of cocktails and conversation, at a special mingle held at the JN Fund Managers headquarters in New Kingston. 

The event also saw the unveiling of the 15 finalists in the inaugural Mr and Miss JTA St Andrew pageant.

The competition, which is being sponsored by JN Bank, will be held at the Stephanie Hall Auditorium in St Andrew, on Saturday, May 4.

Kaydia Wilks-McCalla, president of the St Andrew chapter of the JTA, said the contest aims to showcase the talents and skills of Jamaican educators to the general public.

Ryan Parkes (left), chief of business banking and public sector engagement at JN Bank, is pictured with from left: Kaydia Wilks-McCalla, president of the St Andrew chapter of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA); Owen Spied, JTA President Elect; and Dr. Garth Anderson, JTA President, during a special mingle hosted by JN Bank at the JN Fund Managers headquarters in New Kingston

“We want to highlight different aspects of our teachers, to give more persons a chance to see our teachers ‘outside of the classroom,’ and to get more educators to appreciate their talents outside of their teaching skills,” she said.

The pageant, which is being held under the theme: “Promoting the Teaching Profession: A Beacon of Hope and Inspiration to Our Nation,” will see contestants being judged on their public awareness and knowledge, creative skills, talents and confidence.

“At the end of the pageant, a Mr JTA St Andrew and a Miss JTA St Andrew will be crowned,” Wilks-McCalla informed.

Ryan Parkes, chief of business banking and public sector engagement at JN Bank, welcomed the 15 contestants; and stated that JN Bank was proud to be associated with the JTA and its initiatives in and outside of the classroom.

“Our teachers play a very decisive and important role in the development of young people to enter all professions, therefore, they play a critical part in the country’s social and economic development,” he said.

The JTA represents approximately 20,000 of the country’s educators.

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