“I’m really pleased and proud to receive this award,” she said. “It is refreshing to know that integrity does not go unnoticed, and that there are people who appreciate the effort made by the recipients to change the stereotype of ‘problematic’ youths.”
Ms. Powell has been involved in many community service projects, including Girls’ Brigade, Earth Day cleanups, Duke of Edinburgh Award and the Books and Breakfast reading program at George Town Primary School, where she also teaches clarinet.
“The one that I enjoy the most, or means the most to me, is the Girls’ Brigade because of the Christian morals it has instilled in me and the travel opportunities it has given to me,” she said, “although I would not downplay how much the others have influenced and taught me.”
Having completed her associate degree in social studies at the University College of the Cayman Islands, Ms. Powell is leaving Cayman in September to attend the University of Southampton in the U.K., where she intends to pursue a bachelor’s degree in psychology.
Psychology is a field that has a personal interest for her.
“I chose psychology because I have an aunt with Down syndrome and I’ve always been intrigued by her learning tactics,” she said. “I wanted to understand her cognitive process and how it varies from that of an average human being. The interest of learning and investigating how the mind works really.”
While committed to her studies, Ms. Powell also takes time to nurture other fields of study. She plays clarinet in her spare time and has received up to a Grade 6 with Merit from Trinity College London for her musicianship.
She is also an avid steel pan player and has attended the annual Pan Alive competition in Toronto multiple times.
She believes the Proud of Them award is extremely important for bolstering spirits.
“The Proud of Them initiative is great at promoting and providing role models for young Caymanians, as well as highlighting the positive that is sometimes overlooked,” she said.