Caymanians Fenna Madison, Mark Plowright and Juliana Gaspar have been chosen as this year’s recipients of the United World Colleges global educational movement and will continue their studies abroad.
All three will start a rigorous two-year pre-university program in order to earn an International Baccalaureate diploma. They will live and study alongside young people from diverse cultures and backgrounds.
United World Colleges has a mission to use education as a force to unite young people for peace and a sustainable future.
“We had a strong group of applicants this year,” said Ridhiima Kapoor, vice chair of the national committee and chair of this year’s selection committee. “The selection committee was impressed by these students and we know that they will represent Cayman well.”
Ms. Madison will be attending the United World Colleges campus in Karuizawa, northwest of Tokyo, Japan. As a student at Cayman Prep and High School, she is an active member of Key Club and working toward her Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award. She hopes to pursue a career in medicine, economics or engineering.
In addition to maintaining high grades, Ms. Madison plays the piano and is first trombone in the senior school band. She sails competitively and has competed in local and international regattas in the past five years.
Mr. Plowright will attend the campus in Duino, Italy, a small town on the northern Adriatic coast. A student at John Gray High School, he is expected to receive his Level 2 diploma with high honors. He is an active member of his church youth group, Key Club, and Junior Achievement, where he served as president of his company. He plays basketball and has represented Cayman overseas in track and field.
Last year, Mr. Plowright won the Optimist Oratorical Competition for his debating skills. He is also a self-taught musician, and plays piano, saxophone, guitar, organ and steel pan and was a finalist for Young Musician of the Year. He is part of the UCCI steel band and the JGHS swing band and has performed at the Cayman Arts Festival.
Ms. Gaspar will attend the United States campus of United World Colleges in Montezuma, New Mexico. A Cayman Prep and High School student, she has been involved in community programs such as being a volunteer teaching assistant. She participated in Model United Nations for three years.
As a dancer and actor, Ms. Gaspar has used the arts to develop her confidence and concentration, channel her creativity, and learn teamwork.
Scholarships for the students are paid for through fundraising activities, direct financial support offered by the colleges on an as-needed basis, and long-standing local donors such as Maples and Calder, the Aall Foundation, and Greenlight Re.