May 28, 2023

Cayman Islands: Proud of Them Round 10 Bios: Allison Flores-Hernandez, Nathan McCoy

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Allison Flores-Hernandez – Academics

14-year old Allison Flores-Hernandez is a model student known for being conscientious, courteous, helpful and industrious. A very involved member of the Layman Scott High School student body in Cayman Brac from interschool sports days to Maths competitions to Student Council. She is a solid A-student who has been on the honour roll from her early years, received Excellence, Conduct and Leadership and Top Student awards since Year 1, and was the first student in Cayman Brac to receive the Rubis Top Student Award.
At a tender age, the people around her recognised Allison’s talent for public speaking. Since then she has been asked to sing and speak publicly, and has accumulated numerous awards for speech, drama and singing at the National Children’s Festival of the Arts. She is currently the Secretary of the Debating Club and has competed in the Conyers Inter-Schools Debate Tournament Novice division and the Claudette Upton Speech Competition three times, winning the latter twice. She also placed second in the Optimist International Oratorical Contest along with a 2nd place finish in the Rotary Science Fair Biology division.
Allison is well known in Cayman Brac. She has been a member of Girl Guides Cayman Islands for the past five years, advancing from Brownie to Ranger, and is the current President of the Leo’s Club of Cayman Brac. From beach clean ups and outreaches to senior citizens to organising healthy breakfasts for students and doing candy sales for fundraising, Allison spends a lot of time engaging with her community.
As a young person who strives for excellence, Allison also encourages her peers to work hard, respect one another and be an example for the younger students.
Allison’s future is bright as she continues to positively impact her school and her country.

Nathan McCoy – Academics

18-year old Nathan McCoy is being recognised for his academic prowess but it is his character that truly stands out. Nathan was the 2014 Cayman International School (CIS) scholarship recipient and attended the school for four years. His principal says that the scholarship may have afforded him the opportunity to attend CIS but it was CIS who really benefitted from having Nathan as part of its community.
He is described as displaying genuine care and concern for all people, and a welcoming presence that supports and encourages others. He is academically strong and has the maturity to analyse the appropriateness of each decision and situation. During his time at CIS he was a positive role model demonstrating character traits that school staff hoped to see develop in other students.
Nathan was the recipient of the Dodie Ebanks Humanitarian Award in Grade 12; Student Citizen of the Year in Grades 10 and 11; Gold Honour Roll awardee for all quarters of Grades 10, 11 and 12; and a finalist in the 2015 Rotary Club “My Cayman” Essay Competition.
He was also Vice President of the National Honour Society in Grade 12 and a member in Grades 10 and 11; class representative for Grades 9, 10 and 11; goalkeeper for the CIS football team in Grades 10, 11 and 12; member of the Model United Nations (MUN) team in Grades 10, 11 and 12, participating in the local CAY-MUN Model United Nations Conference in 2016 and 2017 and creating a website for CAY-MUN participants; CIS STEM Conference Ambassador in 2016 and 2017; KPMG Brain Bowl participant in Grade 12; CIS representative in the DART Minds Inspired Math Competition in Grades 10, 11 and 12; and a trumpeter in the Advanced Band.
Nathan is as community minded as he is academically gifted. He was a peer tutor at school as well as a tutor in the George Town Primary School Tutoring Programme; a member of the Volunteer IMPACT 345 teen service group; a Sabbath School Teacher at the Filadelfia Seventh-Day Adventist Church; and he went on school service trips to Peru, Nicaragua and Costa Rica where he did such tasks as work in a soup kitchen, helped to build a kitchen, painted schools and planted gardens.
This student from George Town graduated from CIS in June 2018 and is currently attending Baylor University where he is studying Public Health.

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  1. Allison Flores-Hernandez – Academics: Proud of Them Round 10 awardee Allison Flores-Hernandez
  2. Nathan McCoy: Proud of Them Round 10 awardee Nathan McCoy.
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