Young Caymanian Bethany Ebanks is off to represent the Cayman Islands in the People to People Future Leaders Summit in Los Angeles, California this week.
Sixteen year old Bethany, a student at John Gray High School, received an information packet in the mail informing her of her acceptance shortly after taking the PSAT.
After pondering the invitation Bethany and her mother, Brenda Ebanks, decided to seek sponsorship to enable Bethany to attend.
‘We went out door to door one day asking for sponsorship. I even had calls from people asking how they could help,’ said Ms Ebanks. ‘The corporate and individual sponsors have made this trip possible for Bethany, and for that I am very grateful.’
People to People was founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower during his presidency in 1956 in an attempt to foster world citizenship. Only outstanding students from around the globe who show leadership potential and who meet all academic requirements are invited to attend.
People to People hosts five different summits on law, medicine, leadership, theatre and the arts, and international diplomacy. Bethany will attend the Leadership Summit at the University of California, Los Angeles.
The 10-day summit, beginning Monday, 17 July and ending Wednesday, 26 July, will foster leadership qualities while focusing on team building, community service, college admissions and career aspirations. Students will have an opportunity to meet university admission officers, ask questions and gain valuable information for the application process.
Through other lectures, workshops, excursions and small group discussions, Bethany, along with the other students, will gain valuable information and advice as they narrow their university search and career goals.
Bethany hopes to attend the Johnson and Wales University in Rhode Island to study culinary arts. She is also an active member in the Business Club and Steel Band at John Gray and has participated in the Junior Achievement programme.
‘I am extremely proud Bethany has been chosen to experience this and I am sure she will benefit from it,’ said Ms. Ebanks.