(Kyle collecting his 2018 Wadadli Pen Challenge prize because I don’t have images from the 2019 National Youth Awards)
That’s right, not for the first time (2013 and 2014 Challenge winner Asha Graham also won one) a Wadadli Pen finalist, Kyle Christian who copped the Challenge Prize in 2018, has been named winner of the Department of Youth Affairs’ National Youth Awards literary prize. The ceremony was held this past week. Kyle is off island (to the best of our knowledge) pursuing further studies but hopefully a family member was able to attend in his stead. He has our congratulations as do other winners. Beginning with the arty-ish ones, they include:
Raena Bird – founder of online media platform Chattabox – winner of the media award
Performing arts winners – dramatist and drama teacher Malique Marsh and National Youth Choir Member Shenique Jarvis-Daniel
Visual artist – already an acclaimed cinematographer for films like Skate Kitchen who made his directorial debut recently with the short Dadli (both covered here on the blog) – Shabier Kirchner (based in the US)
Young Artisan Christopher Terry who is a Barbados based award winning chef
Activist Shenita Rose who used her creative skills to fight bullying (also covered here on the blog)
Shouting out former Cushion Club member, now a Cushion Club leader, Guide leader, Halo Foundation Generation Y volunteer and more Latisha Browne who took home the individual Community Service Award. The Community Group Award went to JCI Antigua.
And continuing with:
The Phoenix Award to St. Clare Cleofoster Henry (executive member of the disability association)
Young Farmer Lakome Francis
Young Agro-processor Saran Patricia King (president of the Antigua and Barbuda Network of Rural Women Producers and Processors)
Barbuda’s Best Andrae Lee (for his impressive entrepreneurial achievements in real estate and more)
Akeem Daley (for Tourism related to his diving and rescue certification)
Daveile Payne Abbott (who also works in media, for entrepreneurship related to her Glam Muse beauty project)
Young Professional Tiffany Azille (an educator and text author)
Education award recipients – Keondre Herbert, Stephanie Archibald, Jada Yearwood, and Janelle Williams
Sports award recipients kite boarder Tiger Tyson and fencer Tamesha Thomas
Respect was given to those who support the youth with corporate awards to:
Photogenesis Imaging Solutions (also, by the way, a past Wadadli Pen patron) &
Supreme Tech and Supplies
And then there are some other awards with less clear meaning:
A special award to Casa Palmadita owner Lornette Sheppard. (p.s. the event was also held at Casa Palmadita in Fitches Creek)
A President’s award to Simran Multani
Congrats to all the winners. Each year I try to make nominations for literary arts, of course, as we’re usually invited to do but (also per usual) across different categories, and I’m happy to see a number of the names I submitted make the cut.
I’m not able to do the links as much a I’d like right now and I don’t have a press release or bios to share here but I did want to share the winners’ names at least and for anyone who’s connected to or have been covered by Wadadli Pen please feel free to use the search field for more information on the individual and/or their accomplishment.
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