Today’s Editorial July 06: Three students do Cayman proud

The Cayman Islands has three more reasons to hold its head up in the global world.

Anthony Watler, Arikka Ebanks and Jeremy O’Sullivan will leave the comfort of their parents’ homes Friday and head for regions they’ve only dreamed about.

The three extremely bright recent graduates of John Gray High School will fly away from Grand Cayman to attend the Global Young Leaders Conference.

Just being chosen to go is an honour.

Getting to go is an opportunity of a lifetime.

These three students were chosen because they have shown excellent leadership skills both at school and in their communities.

GYLC is a unique leadership development programme that brings together outstanding young people from the around the world to build critical skills in a global context.

While at the conference our three youngsters will get to meet and exchange ideas with some of the world’s top business leaders, policy makers, lobbyists, journalists, diplomats and academics.

All this will take place in the dynamic environments of Washington, DC, New York City or Vienna, Budapest and Prague

The sessions at GYLC are designed to educate, inspire, and motivate students by giving them the opportunity to explore cultural differences first hand, challenge diplomatic skills daily, build confidence and enhance decision-making skills in an exciting atmosphere that is challenging and fun.

They’ll be made to more fully understand their roles as global ambassadors and in turn should return home with a greater understanding of their roles and responsibilities as citizens and future leaders of not just the Cayman Islands, but of the international community.

It is evident by being chosen that these three exceptional young people already realise their importance in their families and communities.

We know that they will make the Cayman Islands proud in the way they conduct themselves and educate others about our small country.

We know they’ll work hard, but we hope they have fun too.

Anthony, Arikka and Jeremy, we’re proud of you in the Cayman Islands.

Good luck and God bless.

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