Search for 25 Most Remarkable Teens Continues

According to organizers, the awards will be presented in various non-traditional categories, including Courage to Overcome, Scholar Athlete, Performing Arts, Youth Activism, Most Promising Teen, Campus Leadership, Spirit of Hope and Personal Excellence. Academics were not considered this year as it is traditionally recognized by other programmes. The increased submissions in other areas have been quite revealing, explained the official.

They say that more than 100 young people in St. Kitts and Nevis have been sharing inspiring stories of overcoming personal difficulties, service to community and fulfilling dreams with staff from the Department of Youth Empowerment, as the process to identify the next group of outstanding teens continues.

Candidate interviews are progressing well, with back to back sessions currently taking place at the department’s office on Church Street, said Peace Corps volunteer, Connie Howard.

“We went to Nevis at the end of June and completed the interviews of persons there and now we are halfway through the ones here in St. Kitts,” Ms. Howard explained. “We will be doing interviews until the end of August and then we will start reviewing in September, going over the notes, making the evaluations and selecting the new 25 teens.”

Nominations were received from school officials, community groups and private individuals.

 “I’ve heard some interesting stories and interviewed some very remarkable young kids. All of them certainly have qualities that they should be proud of,” Ms. Howard concluded.

This year marks the second time the annual awards will be presented. Last year’s recognition ceremony was held in the Federal Parliament and the initiative was widely considered a success.

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