Teen Times to ‘continue to give back’ through interscholastic competition

PHILIPSBURG–The young writers who make up the staff of youth publication Teen Times say they will continue giving back to the schools and their peers through their annual Interscholastic Talent competition.

Teen Times will officially mark 20 years of publication in January 2016, and while its contribution through its pages has been significant in two decades, the crew remains especially proud of what it has accomplished through Talent Showdown.

“In the 13 years Teen Times has hosted Talent Showdown, we have made it our mission to give back to our students and schools. It’s what we do. It has never been about us. We volunteer our time and our paper is distributed by The Daily Herald free of charge. Talent Showdown and Prom Night serve as the means for us to give back to our peers and to the schools they attend,” the Teen Times crew said.

Over the past 13 years, the group has contributed more than US $75,000 to students and schools; opened 55 savings accounts with educational funds; donated more than 30 computers to secondary schools; taken more than 100 performing arts students to New York, secured performances at Alvin Ailey, The Apollo and Black Entertainment Television (BET), and donated many Teen Times’ pages to any secondary school that wanted to promote any positive event.

The group says it is looking forward to once again giving back after Talent Showdown 2015, to be held November 28, at The Westin St. Maarten Dawn Beach Resort and Spa. The winning school will win the grand prize, and students will also win individual prizes.

“If it wasn’t for our schools and its students, Teen Times would not be celebrating 20 years today. We look forward to continuing that proud tradition with Talent Showdown 2015, and hope our talented youth continue to get your support.”

Teen Times Interscholastic Talent Showdown will feature performing arts teams from the island’s high schools competing in six categories: dance, drama, motivational rap, spoken word, singing and individual dance.

Teachers will also compete for the first time this year along with their students.

Tickets are available at The Daily Herald for US $20.

Source: The Daily Herald Teen Times to ‘continue to give back’ through interscholastic competition