Congrats to Spilling Ink, first of all, for winning the literary prize. Spilling Ink, for those who don’t know, is an Antiguan and Barbudan arts collective that in just two years has two self-published books (Ashes: a Broken Inception and Ashes: the Continuum) and a live art project (the Ink Project) blending visual and performance art – among other performances to its credit. The collective is made up of past Wadadli Pen finalist Olsfred James, along with Gloreen Lake and Mikhail Simmonds. We wish them continued experimentation and success.
See the press release from the Department of Youth Affairs of Antigua and Barbuda for full details re all the winners.
On February 5th, 2017, the Department of Youth Affairs held it’s 2016 Antigua and Barbuda National Youth Awards at Casa Palmadita in Fitches Creek at 5:00 pm. The event was held to recognize a number of youth who performed exceptionally in a number of fields in Antigua and Barbuda. Corporate entities with a track record of contributions to the field of youth development were also recognized. In all, 24 awards were handed out with assistance from the Governor General of Antigua and Barbuda, His Excellency Sir Rodney Williams, as well as the Minister of Social Transformation and Human Resource Development, the Honourable Samantha Marshall. The crowd was also entertained by performances from Jamaal Gordon, Daina Barnes, and Heavenly Steps Extravaganza Dance School. The MC’s for the evening were Alajandra Robinson and Jessie Fyah, while the keynote speech was delivered by past youth awardee Michael Joseph.
Education Award (Top National Assessment Student): Emmanuelle Chiddick
Education Award (Top CSEC Student): Akaani Simon
Education Award (Top CAPE Student): Terrikia Benjamin*
Young Sportswoman Award: Joella Lloyd
Young Sportsman Award: Khalique St. Jean
Young Media Practitioner: Donna-Marie McIntosh
Performing Arts and Culture Award: Ayana Dorsette
Performing Arts and Culture Award: Richard Charles
Young Farmer of the Year: Glenson Goodwin
Youth Literary Art Award: Spilling Ink
Tourism Management Award – Matara Murphy
Tourism Service Award – Kendra Beazer
Young Entrepreneur: Sonali Andrews
Community Service Award: Nolan Hue
Young Professional (Male): Ragi Burton
Young Professional (Female): Nneka Hull James
Barbuda’s Youth Award: Sirriyah Bailey
The Minster’s Award: Regis Burton
The Corporate Awards:
Epicurean Fine Foods
Antigua Yacht Club and Marina Resort
The Department of Youth Affairs Special Awards:
The Source Clothing Company*
Troy Watkins (Sugar Apple Catering)
*Terrikia Benjamin is also a past Wadadli Pen finalist & the Source is one of our past patrons.
Congrats to all the winners.