Ten students who excel in various areas were presented as the 2016 recipients of Government’s Emerging Fellows Award during a ceremony that was held at the Cutlass Building on 7 June.
The Emerging Fellows Award is a competitive national prize that is a funding opportunity to young people in the Virgin Islands between the ages of 10 and 20 who show exceptional promise in academics, arts and sports. This award provides fellows with the opportunity to enhance their skills and develop their craft through advanced training, exposure and mentorships.
Premier and Minister for Finance, Dr. the Hon. D. Orlando Smith announced that he is pleased to see the growth of the program year after year, and told the public attending the ceremony that he is always excited to learn about the talent of the awardees.
Minster for Education and Culture, Hon. Myron Walwyn stated that since the programme began 28 students have benefited. “We are seeking to develop young people that can become good global citizens,” the Minister said.
Hon. Walwyn also announced that it is important that as many young people across various disciplines take advantage of the programme. The Minister further admonished the 2016 Emerging Fellows to return better than they left.
In his address Shane Liburd – one of the 2014 Emerging Fellows – told the gathering that the five weeks he spent in New York were literally the best of his life. He also shared how the summer programme helped him gain a firm footing on his acting dream.
J’Nique Williams who spoke on behalf of the Emerging Fellows stated that the programme will prepare them for their career goals and she announced that the 2016 cohort will not disappoint.
This year’s emerging fellows are Anika Christopher, Jolene Bowens, Kaleb Dawson, Janae Estridge, Amali Graham, J’Sally O’Niel, Anwar Penn, J’Nique William, Whitney Smith, and Valique Graham.