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Jun 25, 2012

Lord’s Bank resident wins September Celebrations Theme Competition

Emogeen Young Ramclam

A winner has been selected in the annual Theme Competition for the September celebrations. In 2011, the competition had record participation with a hundred and sixty entries, but there’s a new record this year as one hundred and ninety-five themes were submitted. Topping them all was Lord’s Bank resident, Emogeen Young Ramclam, who is a teacher at Our Lady of Guadalupe R.C. School in Ladyville.  Ramclam hopes to teach all Belizeans a positive lesson with her theme, which reminds us that we are one people. She told News Five today why she decided to enter the competition.


Emogeen Young Ramclam, Winner, September Celebrations Theme Comp.

“Having heard it announced on the news, I kinda thought about it but not seriously. And after listening to the news and hearing all the crime, I said you know what I need to do something, what can I do? I said maybe I could begin by sending in a theme. So I went to bed and I thought about it and ideas started popping up in my head and I got up and I wrote down about five different themes and I came to my little sister and I asked her how do they sound? And she told me which one she liked and I sent it in and to my surprise, one of the themes were chosen.”


Delahnie Bain

“So what was the theme that you decided to submit?”


Emogeen Young Ramclam

“The one that won was “Many Faces, Many Dreams, but One Goal; Celebrating Belize”. The many faces speaks of the different ethnic groups we have; the Creole, the Maya, the Garifuna and so forth. The many dreams is simply telling us that we all aspire to be something, to become someone and celebrating Belize is telling us that we need to appreciate what we have and we need to celebrate it; be proud of our physical features, Belize’s topographic features; our flora and fauna. It just blends in with the September celebrations as well.”


Shari Williams

Shari Williams, Communications Officer, NICH

“This year we had over a hundred and ninety-five entries from all the municipalities within Belize as well as some entries from Belizeans living abroad. Of the hundred and ninety-five entries, a sub-committee met so short list some of the entries. Twenty-two of the entries were short-listed and the commission then sat to look at the twenty-two and I must say that there were some really good entries this year. But of all of them, we thought that Miss Emogeen’s entry was the one that really captured the essence of what we want to bring across this year. That we’re all Belizeans, we have different cultures, we might have different dreams and aspirations but unites us s that we are all Belizeans and we should be celebrating as one.”


Delahnie Bain

“What does she get for winning?”


Shari Williams

“She receives a cheque for a thousand dollars and this will be given to her on the second of September out at St. George’s Caye where we’re going to have the official opening ceremonies for the September celebrations this year.”


Emogeen Young Ramclam

“I am so honored because as a teacher, every year as school reopens in September we would teach our students the theme and you know we would listen to them chanting, reciting so now it will be different, it will be my theme and I will be proud to tell them well you’re teacher wrote this or a teacher from your school wrote this theme.”


So it’s official, the 2012 September celebrations will be held under the theme: “Many Faces, Many Dreams, One Goal – Celebrating Belize”.

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4 Responses for “Lord’s Bank resident wins September Celebrations Theme Competition”

  1. junito says:

    The theme is kinda Bland. I think next year’s theme needs more depth and more creativity. We know we are a melting pot of cultures and this has been washed out in many previous themes. We should be more nationalistic in our identity than with race.

  2. now i see says:

    @ junito, i agree maybe next should be *many murders many rapes many thieves but still standing strong *.

  3. deedee says:

    LOL @now i see….

  4. Jones says:

    It seems like a very good theme to me.

    I would tend to disagree on the them being bland. Diversity of cultures gives us a unique identity.

    I will agree on the nationalistic stance; Belizeans need to put more pride in their country and themselves. But I doubt an indepth theme for say next year will produce the desired effect.

    We need to throw more weight into national pride and we must start post-haste.

    The theme is a very good start. If we’re going to think of it as highlighting the different races in Belize….think along the lines of what national pride means for each race, mix them together…and we get the creativity we want.

    But talk is cheap. We need some action, and I mean more respect and pride for our country, flag and anthem…as well as our natural resources.

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