Janell Taylor, 17, from Bodden Town received the Proud of Them award for her academic achievements.
“I was really surprised when I received the news. It’s quite an honor and a blessing to be one of this year’s recipients,” she said.
Janell said she believes she received the award in part because of her strong work ethic.
“I believe it was because of hard work, perseverance and prayer, which led to my accomplishments thus far, and ultimately this award,” she said.
Janell, a Year 13 student at Cayman Prep and High School, is studying to take her A-Levels in mathematics, chemistry, biology and English. Then, Janell said, she hopes to begin medical school either in Jamaica or the United Kingdom.
Janell was awarded Student of the Year at her previous school, Cayman Academy, in 2014. She graduated in 2015 as an honors student.
At Cayman Academy, Janell achieved 11 CXC passes, 10 1s and one 2. The CXC grades on a scale of 1-6, with 1 being the highest.
She also received four AS Level passes, three of which were A grades.
Janell said she still loves to kick back and relax in her downtime.
“Like regular teenagers, I love to listen to music and watch movies,” she said. “With God’s help, all things are possible.”
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 is featured for six months at a time on billboards across the Cayman Islands, and receives a certificate and $500.