KINGSTON, JAMAICA: From the moment I-Octane’s tour bus rolled in to the campus of Guy’s Hill High School in St Catherine on Tuesday April 12th, it was clear that this would be no ordinary day at that institution of learning. It was the official start of the artiste’s School Tour 2016 and what a blast it proved to be!
The entire school community at Guys Hill High – teachers, students, ancillary workers – was treated to a balanced mix of uplifting and encouraging speeches from sponsors, along with giveaways and also top quality entertainment from the artistes. Included among the entertainers who were on hand to give I-Octane their full support were Tanto Blacks, Vybrant, Don Andre and StafaceKMT, Vershon, Charly B, Rhyming King, Shaniel Muir, Bingi Banks and Bryka,.
The host was BaddaBling from Di Unit.
Among the sponsors who unhesitantly clambered on board this year are Digicel, Golden Eagle Stores, HEART Trust NTA, Di Unit, Eyeland Eyewear, Coke Lines Transportation, Conquer The Globe Productions, Good Good Productions, HYPE Tv, D’Wrap and the official online media partner, Riddim Don Magazine.
The students gave their undivided attention to HEART representative, Ms. Nerva Davis, who carefully outlined the many opportunities that are waiting at HEART Trust NTA for high school graduates. As a sign of the institution’s commitment to higher learning, the HEART Trust presented scholarships to the two top academic achievers at Guys Hill High School, Legecia Angus and Josh Hemans.
Presenting a powerful and at times very personal message was Narada Hill, a representative from CSJP's Men with a Message, whose life journey was a testament to the fact that negativity can be turned into something positive. Hill gave the students much food for thought as he encouraged them to make the best use of their talents and their educational opportunities.
Satisfied that the goals of the major part of the school tour had been achieved, I-Octane and his team then focused on the ‘brawta’ - the giveaways and the entertainment. Digicel and Golden Eagle Stores, the two companies for which I-Octane proudly flies their flags as ambassador, proved to be very generous with credit giveaways, shoes and T-shirts, while entertaining the students with some really fun games. Good Good Production and Di Riddim Don Magazine awarded the two top academic achievers – male and female – with cash prizes, much to the delight of their peers.
All the entertainers gave exceptionally good accounts of themselves and the cheers from the student population could not have been any louder. Of course, the icing on the cake was the masterful closing performance from the man of the moment, I-Octane, whose happiness was contagious and spread throughout the entire Guys Hill community. Definitely ten out of ten.