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Thirty-two outstanding young people from across the island were recognised for achievements in various fields at the Prime Minister’s Youth Awards for Excellence held last evening January 23 on the lawns of Jamaica House.

The awards ceremony rebranded: ‘Celebrating Youth and the Prime Minister’s Youth Awards,’ was organised by the National Centre for Youth Development (NCYD) in the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture.

The awardees are:  Sasha Gay Marston, Odean Skeen, Samardo Samuels, Stafanie Taylor, Shanel Daley, Yohan Blake, and Clive Pullen for Sports; Shena Moulton, Teams  XORMIS and EDUC8 for International Achievement; Edward Case, and Tyrone Wilson for Entrepreneurship; Nicholas Powellfor Agriculture;Jarvis Dawkins, Rayon Mclean, Laura Anne Fung, and Troy Rodgers for  Arts And Culture;Aubrey Stewart, Sean Davis, and Jamar Howellfor Leadership;Marlon Thompson, Yanique Dacosta, Dei Rasi Freckleton, Victoria Melhado,  Ruth Ann Lawrence and Kenisha Allen for Youth in Service;Nakeeta Nembhard, Midhun Thomas, Alyssa Morgan, Javian Malcolm, and Nicola Maxwell for Academics.

A special award was also presented to Children First Agency, a non-governmental community-based organisation, which mainly targets at-risk children and youth from ages 10 to 24 years, for its significant contribution to youth development.

Making the presentations was Prime Minister, Hon. Bruce Golding assisted by the Minister of Youth, Olivia Grange; Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry; Senator Warren Newby; and Director, NCYD, Roberta Brown-Ellis.

In her address, Minister Grange said that she was pleased with the talents and extraordinary accomplishments of the young people of Jamaica.

“With support from their families, schools and communities and the Government, they are making their unique mark on Jamaica in a positive way, stamping their class in all areas of social, cultural and economic development,” she said.

Miss Grange said that the youth, by their achievement, served to signal that the future of Jamaica was in good hands.