Proud Awards Continue to Highlight Youth

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The second round of the Proud of Them initiative shone a spotlight on the achievement of 12 new recipients yesterday (Thursday October 31, 2013).

The new awardees are:

Abigail Stoddart - Academics - Age 21
Kimone Chambers - Academic - Age 23
Sydonie Barrett - Academics - Age 18
Jonassi Swaby - Community Service - Age 19
Yentel McGaw - Community Service - Age 22
Christopher Eccles - Academics - Age 18
Ann-Alecia Moore - Community Service - Age 17
Anya Belfonte - Academics - Age 18
Katlen Bush - Academics - Age 16
Madeleine Rowell - Community Service - Age 17
Leanni Tibbetts - Community Service - Age 17
Zoya Lawrence - Community Service - Age 21

During Thursday’s (31 October) press briefing announcing the successful nominees from the second round of the youth recognition programme, Minister responsible for Youth, Hon. Osbourne Bodden stated: “I am pleased that the community has embraced the Proud of Them initiative. Showcasing the positive achievements of our young people demonstrates to them that hard work does pay off.”

He added, “Given the quality of nominees thus far, I am confident that the future of the Cayman Islands is in good hands.”

As of next week, honourees will appear on billboards across the Islands for a period of six months at a time.

Through a public nomination process, the Proud of Them initiative recognises youth, between the ages of 10 and 25 years for reaching a significant level of success in academics, business, sports, culture, community service or their career.

Nominations are encouraged from each district to ensure that young people in each area can identify with those who are selected.

Officials believe that this recognition programme will empower high achievers to continue their efforts, while inspiring others to follow in their footsteps.

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