Eighteen year-old Sydonie Barrett from George Town is the latest recipient of the Proud of Them initiative which recognizes positive achievements of young people aged 10-25.
Chosen through a public nomination process, Sydonie will receive a $500 certificate and for six months be featured on billboards across the Cayman Islands.
She received the accolade for her academic achievements.
“It is an honor to be recognized for my achievements in academics,” Sydonie said. “It goes to show that hard work does pay off and that your efforts will be recognized. This recognition is also rewarding because it can encourage other young people to achieve their maximum potential.”
No stranger to the honor roll, Sydonie’s accomplishments include the 2011 the Sean Darby Most Outstanding Student Award for Year 10.
Graduating in 2012 with honors, she was named valedictorian and won the Health Services Authority’s Home School Association Community and School Service Award. She also placed second in the Cayman Islands Tourism Speak-Off – a competition for high school students to develop their analytical and debating skills on tourism topics and earned 10 higher passes in International General Certificate of Secondary Education.
In addition to her academic achievements, she has also displayed an impressive work ethic. She served as both the deputy premier and leader of the opposition, respectively, during the 2011-2012 Youth Parliaments. She has also been deputy head prefect, the vice chair of her school’s student council, a participant in the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme, as well as a member of St. Ignatius Key Club and the Saxon MG Stock Market Club.
Sydonie cemented her high potential by attending the Global Young Leaders Conference in China this past summer. The conference is a 10-day program that provides a structured out-of-classroom learning experience that equips students with the confidence, independence, skills and global competitiveness that is required of the next generation of leaders.
She is also a talented athlete, as she reveals on the netball court where she plays for the Cayman Islands Women’s Netball Team.
She is currently taking her A-levels, and has already obtained high grades in English, history, business studies and French, all while filling the roles of deputy head prefect and peer mentor at St. Ignatius. “What helps keep me on track is knowing where I want to be and knowing what needs to be done to get there,” Sydonie said.
The dedicated young over-achiever also has plans to pursue a law degree in the U.K. in September 2014, upon completion of her A-Levels.
Sydonie said she demands greatness from herself, and uses her skills and knowledge to empower and support those around her.
The Proud of Them initiative announced in October the 12 latest recipients of the awards. As well as Sydonie, the recipients are: 21-year-old Abigail Stoddart from West Bay (Academics); 23-year-old Kimone Chambers (Academics) from West Bay; 19-year-old Jonassi Swaby from George Town (Community Service); 22-year-old Yentel McGaw from Bodden Town (Community Service); 18-year-old Christopher Eccles from George Town (Academics); 17-year-old Ann-Alecia Moore from George Town (Community Service); 18-year-old Anya Belfonte from George Town (Academics); 16-year-old Katlen Bush from George Town (Academics); 17-year-old Madeleine Rowell from George Town (Community Service); 17-year-old Leanni Tibbetts from George Town (Community Service); and 21-year-old Zoya Lawrence from George Town (Community Service).