Some of the students who were involved in the production of the HYPE Agenda.
~ Sponsors being sought ~
PHILIPSBURG–After a year hiatus, the 2017-2018 HYPE agendas will be available for high school students in St. Maarten, Saba and St. Eustatius in time for the new school year, coordinator Zulayka Peterson said in a press release on Tuesday. The agendas are usually produced each year, but due to unforeseen circumstances did not come out for the last academic year. The agendas are specifically tailored to coincide with the school year giving students easy access to a range of useful data, inspirational stories and contain lots of space to note their important school-related information such as assignments, projects, homework and reminders. This year’s agenda is themed: “Preservation and awareness of our environment, Treasure the world we are in.”
The HYPE agenda is a product for the Youth by the Youth, and was produced by Voice of the Youth St. Maarten in collaboration with a group of students from the various high schools. Participating students were from St. Dominic High, Charlotte Brookson Academy for the Performance Arts, Sundial School, St. Maarten Vocational Training School, and both sections of St. Maarten Academy, Milton Peters College and Learning Unlimited Preparatory School.
Student and teacher role models from all the high schools, as well as from the Saba Comprehensive School and Gwendoline van Putten School in Statia, are profiled in the agenda; so regardless of which school a student is from, their current and former peers who are role models, are featured.
Participating students were actively involved in the production process and determined the information they wanted to see reflected in the publication. They went out and conducted research and wrote most of the articles and profiles that appear in the agenda.
Peterson said environmental protection was a subject that was close to the heart of the students as they see the importance of its preservation and wanted to have this reflected in the general theme of the agenda.
She said the purpose of the agenda is to inspire youngsters to pursue their personal best and to aim for the stars, and noted that the readers will be delighted by photos that are featured throughout the agenda, which were all taken locally involving students from the various high schools.
This is the seventh year the HYPE agendas are being produced and were produced in 2008 to 2010, 2013 to 2015 and now in 2017.
Coordinators are in the process of contacting organisations to sponsor agendas for the various schools so that each high school student can have their own personal copy and to help reduce the financial burden on some parents. The 2017-2018 HYPE agendas cost a nominal fee of NAf. 10.80 or US $6.00 each.
Interested sponsors or for further inquiries please contact Zulayka Peterson at tel. 520-1941 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.