Governor General, His Excellency the Most Hon Sir Patrick Allen, has exhorted youths who have achieved excellence in various fields not to use the awards for “bragging rights”, but as a stepping stone to higher achievements.
He was speaking on Tuesday (September 21), at the Kiwanis Club of Kingston’s Youth in Excellence Awards ceremony, held at the Wyndham Kingston Hotel, where nine young people were recognised for outstanding achievement in various fields.
“If you take home this award and hang it in a prominent position and do nothing further to improve yourself and others around you, soon you will only be recognised as a past award recipient. You would have achieved excellence at a point in your journey through life, but having disembarked the bus too early, you would have lost an opportunity to complete the process,” he stated.
Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen (left), presents top achiever in academics from Convent of Mercy, Shantayae Grant, with her trophy during the Kiwanis Club of Kingston’s Youth in Excellence Awards Ceremony, held on September 21, at the Wyndham Kingston Hotel. Nine young people were recognised for excellence in the arts, academics, sports and leadership.
However, the Governor General congratulated them on their progress so far, saying their work was an “example of how we can all assist in the improvement of our local space”.
Runners up and winners were received awards of excellence in the categories arts, leadership, sports and academics.
St. George’s student, Ethan Dixon, was the top awardee in the arts; Marymount High past student, Shanique Austin for leadership; basketball player, Samardo Samuels, for sports; and Convent of Mercy Academy (Alpha) student Shantayae Grant for academics.
A special award was given to Management Studies Student at the University of the West Indies, Robert Williams, for excelling despite being visually impaired.
Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen (right), hands University of the West Indies student, Robert Williams, a cheque after he was given a special award for his achievements despite being blind, during the Kiwanis Club of Kingston’s Youth in Excellence Awards Ceremony, held on September 21, at the Wyndham Kingston Hotel. Nine young people were recognised for excellence in the arts, academics, sports and leadership.
Taking a positive approach to becoming blind 10 years ago, Robert stated that “sometimes in life when you are faced with certain challenges you never know that you could accept them, until they actually happen to you”.
He encouraged others that, despite the challenges they face, if they adopt the right attitude, no obstacle is insurmountable. He also used the opportunity to urge Jamaicans to be more compassionate to persons with disabilities, and to find ways to facilitate their participation in everyday activities.