At the annual Junior Achievement Awards Banquet on 16 May, both of dms Organization’s Junior Achievement companies were recognised.
Coveting the titles Company of the Year and Product of the Year, Junior Achievement companies Sugar Rush and ADDO, respectively, were honoured for their business endeavours.
President of Sugar Rush, Gabriella Hernandez, was also awarded Salesperson of the Year for the entire Cayman Islands Junior Achievement group.
Hosted at the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort, the evening of celebration commenced with dinner and was followed with the presentation of awards. It was a full house with Junior Achievement students, parents, advisors and programme sponsors and coordinators all in attendance.
Awarded for its outstanding product, ADDO produced literacy kits and targeted its sales at parents of the local community who sought to enhance their children’s reading.
Packaged in a canvas bag, the kit included an activity book, bookmark, alphabet flashcards, ‘non-toxic’ crayons, book on CD with original stories created by ADDO team members, and a read-along book. The kit featured a Caymanian theme showcasing local animals and fruits to better connect the readers to the local culture.
Upon presenting the Product of the Year award to ADDO, Karen Bodden and Jennifer Collins of the Business & Professional Women’s Club noted dms’ ongoing commitment to the community, volunteerism and support of education demonstrated through its sponsorship of two Junior Achievement companies.
Company of the Year, Sugar Rush, produced confectionary bouquets for special occasions such as Christmas, Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day.
Students approached local businesses and secured face-to-face presentations with various decision makers, bringing along samples to further entice its prospective customers. Sugar Rush successfully obtained and filled over $11,000 in orders, which paved the way to President Gabriella Hernandez earning the Salesperson of the Year accolade for her admirable perseverance.
‘We are extremely proud of our students and want to take the opportunity to publicly acknowledge their hard work and dedication,’ said dms’ operations manager and ADDO advisor Karen Kersey.
‘In addition to the awards that they achieved, a further cause for celebration is that two of our students, Renee Ebanks and Gabriella Hernandez, were chosen to attend the jaX Youth Leaders Exchange – an honour and accomplishment bestowed to the most determined of students. We wish them the very best in their endeavours.’