John Gray High School student, Anika Conolly represented the Cayman Islands at the Summer 2006 Global Young Leaders Conference (GYLC) recently.
The conference, held in Washington DC and New York, is a leadership development programme. A press release from Anika’s financial sponsor, Cayman National Bank, said the annual conference, brings together outstanding young people from across the globe who demonstrate leadership potential.
The high school senior was selected based on the aforementioned criteria which included her impressive academic record.
To Anika the conference was as a life-changing experience. ‘I attended seminars on topics such as cross-cultural communication and globalisation and my cultural awareness was expanded as I interacted with students from all parts of the world.
‘It was very exciting to visit many of the monuments and to tour the US capital and to participate in the global summit simulation… held at the United Nations,’ she added.
GYLC’s remit to educate, and motivate students by giving them a forum to explore cultural differences, build confidence and enhance decision-making obviously struck a cord with senior CNB officials.
According to the bank’s president, Ormond Williams, ‘The future of the Cayman Islands depends on our youth possessing the necessary leadership skills and exposure to enable them to make a significant contribution to our socio-economic development.
‘We recognised Anika’s potential and were delighted to facilitate her participation in this leadership development programme’.
Anika spoke of her gratitude towards Cayman National for their financial support and thanked them for their moral support.