Friday, January 19, 2018
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School Visit: Vere Technical High

Chillin & Chips for Champs - School Visit 
Vere Tech Technical High Schoo

Interview by: Sherie Ranston
Photos: Ryan Hohn 


Marvin Williams 15 years old
Class 2 - 400m Hurdles
Favorite Grace Product: Banana Chips

It was through a friend of Marvin who was already attending Vere that told Coach Edwards he should check out Marvin. Marvin then visited Vere for a run-off where Coach Edwards officially recruited him in 2008. This is Marvin's 4th year representing Vere at Champs. His track career has been progressive the last 3 years. In 2010 he earned his first medal for the 100m hurdles for Class 3 at Central Champs but due to injuries was unable to qualify at Champs that same year. This year his Coach has transitioned him to the 400m hurdles as his speed level is more suited for this event. In 2011, Marvin had a consistent record in the various local track meets, including the Carifta Trials where he placed 2nd, being beaten by Rushawn Maxwell from Munroe for the 400m hurdles. Marvin admits to being over-confident going into the Carifta Finals, starting out hard, he suffered a series of mistakes that placed him 7th overall. Shawn Rowe, a fellow teammate and mentor, has been helpful in his training sessions. This year, Marvin is optimistic of a top 3 placement despite competing against athletes three years his senior. This was a decision made by his coach to give him the experience. Marvin has already proven he is capable based on the results from The Penn Relays. Marvin is the only male athlete from Vere to join the Carifta team this year, competing in the 400m hurdles.

Shawn Rowe
19 years old
Class 1 - 400m, 400m hurdles, 4x400m
Favorite Grace Product: Tin Mackerel & Ketchup

Shawn was made Captain of the boys' team after securing the most votes by his fellow teammates. Having transferred from Penwood High in 2010, Shawn sat out Champs his first year. This will be his first year representing Vere. This being his final year at Champs with a new team, he would love to contribute points by medaling in the 400m hurdles with an ideal time of 51.56m to take the gold. He has hopes of securing a scholarship to pursue his studies in Hospitality Management, failing that, he plans to seek membership with one of the local running clubs. Shawn observes that the size and determination of the Girls team overshadows his team but they are committed to improving on their rankings this year for at least top 10.


Wesley Gaynor
17 years old
Class 1 - 800m, 1500m, 4x400m
Favorite Grace Product: Vienna Sausage

This will be Wesley's third year competing at Champs. In his very first year, he only made it to the semi-finals. Last year, Wesley was the favorite to win for the 1500m and predicted to place 3rd in the 800m. Due to some mishap, the Vere Boys Team failed to compete at Champs last year, naturally this was a major disappointment for the team. At the Carifta Trials this year, Wesley placed 2nd in both the 800m and 1500m. Recognizing an intense level of competition this year, Wesley knows it will be very hard but will still be striving to medal in both events. Wesley admires fellow teammates Marvin Williams and Shawn Rowe who he sees as the two top athletes for the boys team at Vere right now. He sees a long career in track once he has the continued support and training of Coach Haughton.


Shericka Jackson
17 years old
Class 1 - 200m, 400m, 4x100m, 4x400m
Favorite Grace Product: Tropical Rhythms

It was in 2007 at Parish Champs that Shericka stood out and was immediately recruited by Vere. With an impressive 5 years of track representing Vere, Shericka is no stranger to medals. She earned her 1st set of medals at Champs in 2008, placing 1st in the 4x100m, 2nd in the 200m, 2nd in the 400m, and 2nd in the 4x400m. Shericka continued this winning trend and won an additional 3 medals at Champs 2010 and another 4 medals at Champs last year. Shericka joins the Carifta Team this year competing in the 200m for under 20 girls, an event for which she placed 2nd last year. This year she has her eyes on the gold medal hoping to achieve her personal best of 22.40m. Ultimately, Shericka wants to make her parents proud, especially her Dad, who expects a lot from her. As Team Captain, she is also urging her team to not settle for third position, which is the placement they see themselves capable of securing, but rather to aim for the number one position for Champs 2012 in the Girls division.


Chantal Pennie
18 years old
Class 1 - Long Jump, 100m, 4x100m
Favorite Grace Product: Strawberry Flavored Chillin'

Inspired by Aleen Bailey and Veronica Campbell, Chantal has always wanted to attend Vere and pursue track. It was while in Grade 3 she witnessed these amazing athletes compete at Champs and knew she wanted to run. Chantal fulfilled her dream when she was recruited by Vere in 2007. This will be her 5th year representing Vere. Chantal remembers earning her very first medal last year in the 4x100m for Class 2 when her team placed first. Chantal admits that her training in the long jump has not been as intense when compared to track which takes priority so a top 8 placement would be satisfactory based on the level of training she has put in. Of course, the sentiment towards the 100m is different as this is where her heart really is, so a medal outcome is the goal. Chantal sees herself in track for the long haul and admires Veronica Campbell for her high spirit.


Shauna-Kay Franklyn
19 years old
Class 1 - 100m, 4x100m
Favorite Grace Product: Grace Blends

Shauna-Kay was recruited by Vere from Frome Technical High School in September 2010. This will be her first time representing Vere. This soft-spoken athlete, in all her years of competing, has never medaled at Champs. This will be her final chance to hopefully qualify for the 100m and will see how it goes from there. With a strong relay team, Shauna-Kay has no doubt that Vere will medal in the 4x100m for Champs 2012. This being her first time with the Vere family, she really wants to make them proud. Like most athletes on there final year at Champs, Shauna-Kay is hoping for a scholarship to study accounting. Shauna-Kay admires Veronica Campbell for the great things she has done for the school and how she has represented her country.


Abigail Swaby
12 years old
Class 4 - 100m, 4x100m, Long jump

This very shy athlete was recruited by Coach Wilkie for jumps and hurdles at Vere. This wide-eyed beauty admits to not being nervous even though this will be her very first time experiencing Champs at the high school level. She feels competing at the primary level in the past has boosted her confidence. This ambitious newcomer is hoping to get a 5.57m in the Long Jump to break the current record of 5.56m for Class 4. This gentle athlete, when asked to describe herself using one word, whispers "beautiful". Abigail draws inspiration from her Team Captain, Shericka Jackson. Failing a career in track, Abigail would like to become a Nurse as she likes helping others and also her family.




Andrenette Knight
15 years old
Class 3 - 400m, 400m Hurdles, 80m Hurdles
Favorite Grace Product: Banana Chips

Andrenette was recruited to Vere in 2009, and is representing the school for a third time this year. In her first year at Champs, she suffered a groin injury, still competed but failed to make the finals. Last year she placed 4th in the 80m hurdles and 5th in the 400m. Once again her groin injuries surfaced earlier this year during training but has since subsided. Andrenette is hoping to medal in both the 400m and 80m hurdles. She feels Vere is capable of taking an overall placement of Top 3 for Champs 2012. As a only child for her mother, she would like to make her mom, who is also her main source on inspiration proud. In her spare time she enjoys being with her friends who also happen to be her fellow teammates. She also likes listening to music and an occasional read. Andrenette sees herself remaining in the field of sports and would later pursue a career as a physiotherapist.


Olivia James
17 years old
Class 1 - 400m, 4x100m, 4x400m
Favorite Grace Product: Corned Beef

Olivia was recruited by Mr. Haughton and Mr. Constantine from St. Andrew High in 2008. This will be her 3rd year representing Vere. Olivia earned her first Champs medal for the 4x100m relay in Class 4 while attending St. Andrew High. This was her very first time competing at the High School level and she also made the finals for both the 100m and 200m, placing 8th in both events. Olivia was not at first open to her mom's decision to transfer her to Vere, as it would mean making new friends and getting use to a new school all over again. In her first year sitting out at Vere, Olivia qualified for the Carifta team, but due to lack of training associated with the sit-out she placed a disappointing 6th overall for the under 17 girls in 2009. In 2010, Olivia placed 2nd in the 400m behind her teammate Shericka Jackson and second in the 4x400m relay and 1st in the 4x100m relay for Class 2. Olivia deems this a great year, earning her individual medal for her first time representing Vere. In 2011, Olivia placed 2nd in the 400m behind Chris-Ann from Holmwood, 2nd in the 400m hurdles and 1st in the 4x100m and 4x400m relays. Olivia is not committing herself to any specific time and will just be going out there to do her best. She admires Danny Mcfarlane, a Jamaican hurdler who has been competing for a long time and placed 2nd at the Olympics in Athens. Olivia says this athlete has demonstrated tremendous strength, courage and perseverance to remain in the sport despite everyone thinking he's too old to compete.













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