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Seventeen young people and one organisation were yesterday (December 6) honoured for outstanding achievement in various fields, at the 11th staging of the Prime Minister’s Youth Awards for Excellence.
Prime Minister, the Hon. Bruce Golding, made the presentations at a ceremony held at Emancipation Park in Kingston.
The youth awardees, who were selected from a total of 27 nominees are: Donald Oliver and Andrew Wildes for excellence in Journalism; Kevaughn Bonner, Agriculture; Daniella Hyde, Entrepreneurship; Siaelda Green, Leadership; Kerri-Ann Allen, Zurie Johnson, Olivia Rose, Academics; Ryan Small, Youth in Service; Sean Hylton and Christopher Gordon, Arts and Culture; and Shericka Williams, Nesta Carter, Kaliese Spencer, Chadwick Antonio Walton, Shannon March, Tashna Smith Edwards and Michelle-Ann Gabbadon for Sports.
Rise Life Management, a non-governmental organisation that has been making a contribution to the empowerment of Jamaican youth, copped the inaugural ‘Prime Minister’s Youth Organisation Service Award’.
Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Hon. Olivia Grange in her address, commended the nominees and awardees for achieving success.
“Everyone has excelled. Each has achieved. Each of them has worked hard. Each has sacrificed. Each has made a difference and each of them deserves our praise and applause,” she said.
She also lauded the invaluable role played by family members in moulding the youth into “achievers.” She noted that the family and community members are primary socialisation agents and urged all Jamaicans to give greater support to young people.
Noting the Government’s commitment to facilitating the development of young people, Miss Grange said: “Our vision is that each young person, whatever their background or circumstance, must get support to be healthy, to be safe, to be educated, to be responsible, to make positive contributions to our society and to enjoy a good quality of life.”
The Prime Minister’s Youth Award is the highest honour normally bestowed upon Jamaicans between the ages of 15 to 24, who have achieved eminent national and international distinction in the categories of sports, youth in service, the arts and culture, academics, agriculture, leadership, journalism, international achievement and entrepreneurship.
The award aims to motivate each individual recipient through positive re-enforcement and recognition and gives all recipients an opportunity to optimise their growth and development.

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