Rising track and field star Davonté Howell is tops

Nine-year old track and field rising star Davonté Howell of Prospect Primary says it “feels great” to be this year’s winner of the Rubis Top Student Grand Prize. With proud parents Kimberley and Dave at his side, Davonté, an aspiring Olympian, collected his trophy, gift bag and $5,000 prize at a ceremony at the George Town Yacht Club on Sept. 8. 

“We made sure that we focused this campaign on the right age group as we saw a real need to help motivate and inspire kids between 8-12 years old,” said Rubis country representative and CFO of Rubis Cayman Islands Henrico DuPlessis. The contest’s aim was to support youngsters showing aptitude in area of study, interest or activity. 

“We all know that the dreams of our youth begin to take shape at this pivotal age and that is exactly why Rubis wanted to get involved in this type of campaign,” Mr. DuPlessis said. 

Fellow co-finalists were: Demae Lee, Kiran Connolly Basdeo, Hannah Foster, Jaden Francis, Felicity Hughes, Sabine Ellison, Gabrielle Ebanks, Aidan Hew, Emmi Daykin and Allison Flores – earned $1,000 prizes, which will be put toward studies or training in their chosen disciplines.  

Finalists were selected based on a personal video, their creativity and innovation, and references. The grand prize winner was determined by online voting. At the ceremony, the audience viewed the winning video entries. added this 

The prize winners were also treated to congratulatory video messages from a trio of successful young Caymanians: Film director Frank E. Flowers, model Treveen Stewart and actress Grace Geeley. 

Davonté Howell, with Henrico DuPlessis of Rubis, is this year
Davonté Howell, with Henrico DuPlessis of Rubis, is this year’s Rubis Top Student.