Students from Ciels Ozone hold up a pole of colorful cords during a performance at the Féstival de l'Identité in Cap-Haitien. Photo by Onz Chery for Go West Now

CAP-HAITIEN — Local high schools took part in a two-day competition last weekend aimed at showcasing various aspects of Haiti's culture and Haitian identity. The first edition of the Féstival de l'Identité challenge, which Ciels Ozone won, aims to remind Haitian youth of the country’s rich identity in the midst of numerous crises and raise funds for a local volleyball club.

"With the stress going on in the country, they gave us another opportunity for us to know that we are able," said Germain Georvany, 16, an 11th grader at Ciels Ozone.

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Onz Chery is a Haiti correspondent for Go West Now. Chery started his journalism career as a City College of New York student with The Campus. He later wrote for First Touch, local soccer leagues in New York and Elite Sports New York before joining Go West Now in 2019.