Bethany Ebanks, a university student and hospitality worker, is the latest recipient of recognition by the Proud of Them initiative.
“I am very thankful for the motivation, which I learned from my family,” she said.
Ms. Ebanks is studying international hospitality management at the University of Surrey. She is also a food writer for the Surrey Scholar, an independent student publication. Her articles include recipes and reviews of food-related events. She has also served as an academic representative for her university and secretary of the University of Surrey Food and Wine Society, and completed an internship at the Soho Hotel in London.
In 2012, based on her high academic performance, Ms. Ebanks was one of two students selected for a six-month student exchange at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Hotel and Tourism Management.
The John Gray High School graduate was selected as a Ministry of Tourism Scholar, completed the Cayman Islands Tourism Apprentice Training Program, and went on to attend the Culinary Institute of America, where she earned an associate’s degree in occupational studies, specializing in baking and pastry.
The Proud of Them initiative recognizes the positive achievements of young people between the ages of 10 and 25. Through a public nomination process, individuals are honored in various categories. Each person selected is featured for six months on billboards across the Cayman Islands and receives a certificate and $500.