Basseterre, St. Kitts, November 24, 2011 (SKNIS):
“Historic, truly inspiring, the best experience in my political life, and a turning point for the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis.” These are some of the ways Members of Parliament (MP) described the Special Sitting of the National Assembly for The 25 Most Remarkable Teens in St. Kitts programme.
Members on the Government and Opposition benches and a gallery packed with friends and family all proudly saluted the young people who were recognized in non-traditional categories including Courage to Overcome, Civic Involvement, Writing, Performing Arts, Leadership, Most Enterprising and Youth Activism.
The profiles of each recipient were read by national youth parliamentarians. Then Federal MPs offered words of encouragement to the individuals before presenting their awards.
Stories of personal tragedy, school violence, health challenges, academic excellence, creative expression through arts, music and food moved the audience witnessing the ceremony in the National Assembly Chambers and those watching or listening on ZIZ Radio and Television.
What almost everyone seemingly walked away with was a renewed confidence in the young people and the prospects they have to face challenges in life and remain productive citizens.
“Mr. Speaker, recognising that the future of our country’s success depends on the healthy development and wellness of our youth, the Ministry of Youth Empowerment plans to make The 25 Most Remarkable Teen programme the premiere annual youth recognition programme in the Federation,” Minister of Youth Empowerment Honourable Glenn Phillip explained. “Already plans are being made for 2012 when we will expand the programme to include Nevis.
Minister Phillip added that a workshop is being planned for the award recipients to share the experiences and have training on key character attributes such as development of attitudes, motivation and sense of purpose, importance of self-efficiency to success, personal aspirations and future planning.
“These young people will be better prepared to become leaders and youth role models among their peers,” said the Minister.
Persons can relive the experience by liking Facebook page St. Kitts and Nevis 25 Most Remarkable Teens. The 25 Most Remarkable Teens are:
1. Josiah Oyebefun – Scholar Athlete for Combined Academic and Athletic Ability
2. Zaiesha Joseph – Performing Arts
3. Zahir Harris – Music
4. Pernelle Abraham – Leadership, Academics, Performing Arts and Community Service
5. Patrick Walters – Writing
6. Aldeen Isaac – Academic Excellence
7. Raheem Depusoir – Most Enterprising
8. Desi Brown – Youth Activism
9. Davon Richardson – Academic Excellence
10. Kayla Weekes – Campus Leadership
11. Dylan Dias – Courage to Overcome : Personal Decision
12. Shazill Bergan – Courage to Overcome
13. Glenston Patrick – Commitment to Personal Excellence
14. Rae Dawn Thomas – Theatre Arts
15. Sheldon Richards – Leadership
16. Taveda Isaac – Fashion Design
17. Trevaughn Williams – Social Conscience
18. Jacintha Marsham – Courage to Overcome: Personal Adversity
19. Leahcim Phipps – Culinary Arts
20. Tishanna Hazel – Citizenship
21. DeLonte Lewis – Civic Involvement
22. Kailah James – Courage to Overcome: Health Condition
23. N’Kosi Lucas – Courage to Overcome: Personal Challenge
24. Renecia McDonald – Spiritual Commitment
25. Shaquille Fredericks – Community Service
Photos courtesy Pierre Liburd.
Photo 1: Minister of Youth Empowerment Honourable Glenn Phillip outlines the 25 Most Remarkable Teens in St. Kitts programme at the start of the Special Sitting of Parliament.
Photo 2: Prime Minister the Right Honourable Dr. Denzil Douglas presents award to Davon Richardson
Photo 3: Member of Parliament Honourable Vance Amory presents award to Shaquille Fredericks
Photo 4: Minister of Youth Empowerment Honourable Glenn Phillip presents award to Zaiesha Joseph
Photo 5: MPs pose for group photo with the 25 Most Remarkable Teens in St. Kitts and officials from the Ministry of Youth Empowerment