A Cayman Prep and High School student has gained a prestigious accolade after attaining the world’s highest mark in her exams.
Moya Williams received the prestigious Top in the World award from Cambridge International Examinations to acknowledgment of her outstanding performance in the June 2012 Cambridge examination. Moya achieved the highest mark in the world in Travel and Tourism at AS-level.
She was presented with the award by the Director of Tourism Shomari Scott and Dianne Conolly, Tourism Training and Development coordinator, at a celebration assembly on Thursday, 17 January.
“We must continue to hold our young people up when they achieve milestones such as this, and show as a country that we are all proud of this achievement,” said Mr. Scott.
“We at the Department of Tourism are very proud of Moya for attaining this level of success and earning, through her hard work, the best score in the world.”
Mr. Scott went on to praise the commitment of teacher Natalie Jordan-Smillie, the school principals and the tourism education programme of the Department of Tourism, headed by Ms Connolly.
He said that he hoped to see many more students attain this level of recognition as all continued to work together ‘in developing tomorrow’s tourism leaders today’.
“Together we can provide the foundation for many more students to embrace the tourism field when planning for their future careers,” said Mr. Scott.
Ms Williams said that the award had been a great achievement.
“I was very surprised to have been awarded it, but it shows that all my hard work and dedication has greatly paid off.
“Hopefully I can maintain this high standard I have shown for myself at university level and return to the Cayman Islands to make a great contribution to society.”
This is the first year the school has offered the Travel and Tourism course at AS-Level, with 12 students sitting the examination and achieving marks in the range of A to C in the internationally-recognised qualification
High School Principal Sheila Purdom expressed her delight in another prestigious award for the school. She noted that the school had previously been recognised with a Top in the World award for two of its former Marine Science Students. Mrs. Purdom said that the award was a well-earned recognition of the talent, dedication and commitment of both student and teacher.
Natalie Jordan-Smillie is head of business subjects at the school and said that all were very proud of the student, Head Girl for 2012.
“Her outstanding success is due to her hard work, dedication to her subject and experience of real life travel and tourism events on island,” she said.
“We are equally appreciative of the many local organisations and businesses that have been enthusiastic and helpful in assisting with real life experiences and sharing their knowledge with the Travel & Tourism students.”
She added her thanks to Dianne Conolly and the Department of Tourism, the Cayman Islands Tourism Association,, The Ritz-Carlton, Taste of Cayman, The Turtle Farm, Sunset House, Red Sail, The Reef Resort, The Alexandra Hotel in the Brac, Cayman Islands Airport Authority, Caribbean Tourism Organisation, Paradise, Atlantis Submarines, Ocean Frontiers and Compass Point and the Sister Islands Tourism Association for all their extra help.
“Introducing this subject to our school opens students’ eyes to different career paths and will hopefully encourage local Caymanian students to become part of, and lead the way in, our travel and tourism industry here on island,” said Mrs. Jordan-Smillie.
Janet Morris, the director of communications and customer relationships at Cambridge International Examinations, added the board’s congratulations.
“It is extremely rewarding to congratulate Cambridge learners and teachers at Cayman Prep and High School who have worked so hard to achieve tremendous success in Cambridge examinations.
“The results are a reflection of the enormous talent in The Cayman Islands, not only amongst learners but also within the teaching profession. Learners from Cayman Prep and High School have a bright future ahead of them, and I wish them every success in their future,” she said.