Jovonnie Anglin from Cayman Brac High and Matthew Gayle from
of the Cayman Islands won the recent UCCI
Students participated in the competition as part of the
university’s International Conference on Leadership, Governance and Empowerment
in the Caribbean at the UCCI campus.
Mr. Anglin was the sole competitor who entered from the
Brac. Also entering at the secondary level were four students from Triple C
School, one from Wesleyan
and five from the Cayman Islands Further Education Centre.
Nadiya Abdul–Jabbar from the Centre was the lone female
winner in the competition overall. She won second place in the secondary
Ian Charlery, a first year social studies associate degree
student who is also a police officer, was second in the tertiary category.
As an officer involved in community policing, Charlery
visits and works with schools in Grand Cayman.
In both secondary and tertiary categories, students explored
the issues of leadership, governance and empowerment in the Caribbean
in their essays.
The winning essay in the tertiary category focused on
empowerment of Caribbean people.
Matthew Gayle, a student in the associate degree programme,
said, “It feels good to be named the first prize winner in the same way that it
feels good to win at anything. But I honestly did not enter just to win. I had
only decided to enter when I noticed one of the topics was something I really
believed in, and thought that it couldn’t hurt to write about something that
has never been more relevant to my life and others of my generation.”
He added that participating in competitions like this is
good practice for writing under pressure to see how well he can cope and then
Mr. Anglin’s winning essay focused on gender imbalance in
governments in the Caribbean.
“I am truly delighted to have been afforded the opportunity
to participate in an essay contest of this calibre,” Mr. Anglin said. “I
learned a tremendous amount of information during the research process. I am
even more grateful to have had the opportunity to attend the conference. I was
able, through this medium, to meet many of our nation’s leaders as well as hear
first-hand from other distinguished Caribbean
stalwarts. Overall, the conference experience was remarkable and I look forward
to many more opportunities of this nature.”