13-year-old is youngest recipient
Vitoria Buttrum, 13, of Bodden Town is the youngest recipient of the Proud of Them award, which she received for her achievements in academics.
“I was honored to know that I was recognized as an awardee for the Proud of Them committee, especially being the youngest recipient ever,” said Vitoria. “It is a good feeling, which puts a meaning to ‘hard work pays off.’”
This year she will continue her high school education at Cayman International School, as she has received a four-year scholarship based on academic merit.
When she is not busy making A grades in the classroom, Vitoria said she loves reading, writing and being on stage.
She also said she enjoys swimming and technology, including creating websites and software.
Although she is interested in media and entertainment, Vitoria says she will probably keep those fields as a hobby.
For now, she has developed a new interest in philosophy.
“I would like to thank everyone who supported me and continues to support me on my journey to success,” she said. “This was a wonderful opportunity but is just a foundation for what is yet to come.”
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.