A 17-year-old student who lobbied the government to introduce comprehensive sex-education in Cayman’s schools has been recognized by the Proud of Them initiative for her active role in the community.
Madeleine Rowell, who attends the United World College, also known as UWC, will be featured on posters throughout the Cayman Islands as part of the initiative to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of young people in Cayman.
“I really appreciate being nominated and I am grateful for all the opportunities that I’ve been given,” Ms Rowell said.
She attended Cayman Prep and High School, graduating with top honors. During this time, she participated in extracurricular activities, including volunteering at the Pines, the Humane Society, Key Club, student council and tutoring.
She received a scholarship to UWC, where the two-year pre-university program equips students with the tools to make a difference in their local and global communities by instilling values that promote international and intercultural understanding.
At UWC, Ms Rowell is taking advantage of every opportunity to embrace her ideals and passions. During her summer break last year, she led a campaign to lobby for a comprehensive, age-appropriate sex education curriculum for local schools. The petition was featured in the local media. Her main goal through the campaign was to reduce the rate of teenage pregnancy, abuse and disease by using education to empower young people.
Ms Rowell continues to work on this cause, which is close to her heart, while she is back in school.
She recently received an acceptance letter from Stanford University in California, where she plans to further her education.
“I’m beyond excited and hope my education will help me continue to serve my community and to learn both inside and outside of the classroom,” she said. Stanford University is ranked fifth in the world for academic reputation and seventh overall, according to QS World University Rankings 2013.
The Proud of Them initiative recognizes the achievements of young people ages 10 to 25. Each person selected is featured for six months on billboards across Cayman and receives a certificate and $500.