Sixteen-year-old Katlen Bush has been nominated for the Proud of Them initiative for her academic achievements and community service.
Ms Bush, who is currently studying in the University College of the Cayman Islands, 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.
She has a reputation for being quite the book worm – in high school she attended various after-school prep classes and even attended lessons on a Saturday. Her hard work led her to receiving 14 higher level passes for her final external examinations at John Gray High School.
When she is not studying, she is doing her part to help the community. Ms. Bush has completed training to become a certified Child Evangelism Fellowship teacher. She has also served in various clubs including: the Campus Christian Fellowship Focus Group, where she was secretary, and the Youth Ministry of the Wesleyan Holinesss Church.
She also does volunteer work for the National Council of Voluntary Organisations. Ms. Bush embodies discipline and excellence to her peers and elders alike, according to a government release outlining Ms. Bush’s achievements.
In 2012, she completed a Leadership Training Workshop hosted by the Youth Services Unit and the National Youth Commission of the Cayman Islands. The day-long session brought together more than a hundred students from local schools.
Like many teenagers, Ms. Bush enjoys shopping, listening to music, and spending time with family and friends.
The Proud of Them initiative recognizes the positive achievements of young people ages 10 to 25. Through a public nomination process, individuals are honored in the categories of academics, careers, business, sports, culture or community service.
Each young person selected will be featured for six months at a time on billboards established across the Cayman Islands, and will also receive a certificate and $500.