Student Leanni Tibbetts, 17, who climbed the ranks of Cadet Corps to the position of Sergeant has been recognized by the “Proud of Them” initiative for her active role in the community.
Ms. Tibbetts, who attends Triple C School, 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.
“At first I was surprised, I didn’t know I was even nominated,” said Ms. Tibbetts. “It felt good to know that you get some kind of recognition for the things you’ve been doing the whole time. It was like a boost of confidence … it made me feel really good.” Her commitment to community work began in 2009 when she joined the Cayman Islands Cadet Corps. Since then, she has become a staple at cadet corps where she volunteers her time to train new cadets, and is now a sergeant.
Being a sergeant is a serious commitment, as it involves countless hours of effort and self-discipline, yet Ms. Tibbetts still manages to meet her academic obligations at Triple C School where she currently maintains a GPA of 3.5 or higher.
The young Caymanian is currently serving as vice president of the student council, editor of Kiwanis Key Club and has also earned a silver in the Duke of Edinburgh award program – a noncompetitive, self-development program available to all young people between the ages of 14 and 25.
Ms. Tibbetts also participated as a mentee of the Chamber of Commerce mentoring program, where she learned about tourism through various departments at the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman.
By the time the program drew to a close, she had landed herself an internship at the Ritz-Carlton hotel last summer. During that time, she spearheaded a charity drive for school supplies.
Asked for the right words to best describe Ms. Tibbetts, her mentor Jannette Goodman said, “Humble and always seeking inspiration from every opportunity.”
In her spare time, Ms. Tibbetts enjoys being a part of the Triple C band and choir, as well as the girls’ football team and is the only female player of the school’s basketball team.
For the youngsters looking to get involved in the local community Ms. Tibbetts said, “Well the problem I see now a days is most kids feel like they can’t do anything to help the community, but when in truth there are so many ways they can help out. There is always something they can do to help someone. Just talk to your principal or school teachers.”
The young sergeant dreams of becoming a pilot one day. “I hope to become a pilot. My dad has always been in aviation and I like the feeling of flying, and I would love to travel when I get older,” said Ms. Tibbetts.
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.