The Education Council has named Ms Aubrey Bodden as Cayman Scholar for the 2004-2005 academic year.
Ms Bodden, daughter of John and Nancy Bodden of South Sound, graduated from John Gray High School in 2002. She had a superior academic record, obtaining eight passes in the CXC and IGCSE examinations and went on to attend the United World College of the American West in Montezuma, New Mexico on a full college scholarship.
At the UWC she was actively involved with Amnesty International and Performing Arts for Kids, a community service group. She graduated in June 2004 with a very high score and was awarded an International Baccalaureate Diploma.
Ms Bodden is a freshman in the College of Arts and Sciences at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. She hopes to major in biology concentrating on genetics and development or neurobiology and behaviour.
‘Although I would like to do research after completing my degree, I am also considering a high school teaching career,’ said Ms Bodden, expressing the hope her degree will service the community on her return to the Islands.
The prestigious Cayman Scholar award covers the recipient’s study costs for up to five years to a maximum of $25,000 per year. Upon completion of all studies, the recipient is required to work in Cayman for at least five years and government or a local non-profit organization has first option on his or her services.
Recipients must have a superior record in high school, showing leadership and dedication as well as a willingness to be active, involved and commitment to the community.
A special ceremony will be held to honour Ms Bodden’s achievements and to present her with her award.