Adventist Youth Shine in Cayman’s Annual ‘Proud of Them’ Recognition

February 2, 2021 | George Town, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands | Pastor Carlon Nyack, Youth Director, Cayman Islands Conference |

‘Proud of Them’ is an initiative from the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports, Agriculture, and Lands that seeks to publicly recognise the positive achievements of young people of the Cayman Islands in various areas. Each individual selected is featured for twelve (12) months on billboards established across the Cayman Islands. They are based on nominations for young people between the ages of 10 and 25 in Academics, Careers, Business, Sports, Culture, or Community Service. [1]

As the Youth Ministries Department of the Cayman Islands Conference, we want to highlight that over the years since its inception in 2013, almost every year, at least 1 Adventist youth was highlighted and featured in this ‘Proud of Them; initiative. 

We give all the honour and glory to God for our amazing young people as they excel and develop their lives for the future! 

We also recognise and cling to this Biblical promise for our youth when they put God first. Deuteronomy 28:13 NKJV – 

13 And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them.

Please help me recognise and appreciate some (this may not reflect a complete list) of our outstanding youth who are connected with the Adventist Church and have been Honorees in the Proud of Them initiative over the years in the Cayman Islands:

2013 – Takiyah Chanel Smith – Academics

2015 – Ashley Amador-Rankine – Academics

2016 – Marika Scotland – Academics and Community Service

2017 – Vanessa Williams – Academics and Career 

2018 – Holly Thompson – Community Service 

2018 – Brianna Bodden – Academics and Community Service 

2019 – Nathan McCoy – Academics 

2020 – Shakur Ebanks – Community Service

2020 – Janelle Woods – Academics and Community Service

Please note that this year 2021 is a special one as we have 4 Honorees that are directly connected to an Adventist church and one that is closely connected through family members. 

2021 – Keya Berry – Academics and Sports

2021 – Elihandro Bodden – Academics, Culture and Community Service

2021 – Kristina Powell – Academics 

2021 – Joelyn Scott – Academics

2021 – Jayred Myles – Community Service 

You can see the complete list of Honorees over the years (  

We Praise God and celebrate the amazing accomplishments of our brilliant youth in the Cayman Islands Conference, and we pray that God will continue to bless and give them success in all of their future endeavours! 

We encourage all our youth to dream big dreams (Isaiah 55:8-9), to be an example (1 Tim. 4:12) to inspire other youth to aim high, to put God first (Mat. 6:33) and to trust Him to lead the way (Prov. 3:5-6)! May God continue to bless the youth of the Cayman Islands! 


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