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Ethan Whittaker

Ethan Whittaker

Youth Award Finals

A dozen young people were honoured for their efforts and accomplishments at the Proud of Them (PoT) reception held at the George Town Yacht Club on Wednesday, 3 August 2016.

Hon. Osbourne Bodden, Minister of Youth, presented the young people with certificates for their recognition, as well as $500 cash stipends. Hon. Tara Rivers, Minister of Education, also assisted with   the award presentations.

The recipients for round six of the Proud of Them youth recognition programme are: Felicia Connor (awarded for her performances in academics and sports), Channah Connor (for community service), Bruce Gordon (cultural excellence), as well as Kasinda McField, David Forbes, Derricka Neysmith, Giselle Ebanks, Tishan Crowe, Vanessa Williams, Ayanna Davis-Eden, Diarra Hoyte and Ethan Whittaker for their outstanding performance in academics.

“I am truly in awe of these young people,” says Minister Bodden. “The selection committee had quite the challenge in narrowing down the final 12, but that shows how high-achieving our young people are – and that’s what this programme is all about.”

The 12 PoT finalists all have exceptionally inspiring stories including overcoming disabilities, pursuing unconventional career paths, and making it as a young mother. Their individual profiles will be made public over coming weeks.

This latest batch was chosen from 72 youngsters who were nominated by their friends, acquaintances and community members. Members of the public submitted nominations to recognise achievers who are reaching new heights in academics, sports, career, culture, business and community service.

During the reception Rev. Donovan Myers, Chairman of the National Youth Commission, acknowledged their hard work and dedication and reminded them all how important it is to give back to their community.

“We recognize the past achievements you’ve made, and we continue to encourage you for the future,” says Rev. Myers. “Always be mindful of the fact that you are on a constant journey, and we are glad to accompany you on this journey.”

Miss Marika Scotland, a former PoT recipient, also offered words of encouragement to the finalists.

At the end of the reception recipients and their families and friends previewed the artwork for the billboards that will soon feature the finalists, to be placed in locations across Grand Cayman for a period of six months.

The PoT youth empowerment initiative began in 2012 to highlight the works of young people, and showcase their initiative and positive attitude. Since then, more than 60 special young men and women have been recognised for their efforts.

Photos: (GIS)

Group photo of PoT recipients and officials.

(Not Pictured: Giselle Ebanks and Vanessa Williams)

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