The achievements of exceptional young people have been recognised at the annual Student of the Year Awards, sponsored by Barclays Wealth and Investment Management for the 17th consecutive year.
Winners in five categories were announced at the awards ceremony, held at Ballakermeen High School in Douglas.
During the evening all 30 finalists from the Island’s five secondary schools and King William’s College were presented certificates and gift vouchers by Education and Children Minister Tim Crookall, with the winner of each category also receiving a trophy.
The winners were: Citizenship – Breeshey Cain (King William’s College; The Arts – Harley Garrett (Ballakermeen High School); Academic Achievement – Sahana Balakrishnan (Queen Elizabeth II High School); Sports – Charlotte Atkinson (Ballakermeen High School); Endeavour – Michael Kaighin (Queen Elizabeth II High School).
Charlotte was unable to attend, so her prize was accepted on her behalf by friend Daisy McGarrigle.
Each school nominated students for the awards, and a judging panel of Barclays Wealth and Investment Management employees interviewed each young person to select finalists and a winner.
Simon Scott, Managing Director of Barclays Wealth and Investment Management in the Isle of Man, told the audience: “As always, the judging of the Awards was not an easy task. The standard of the finalists gets better every year.”
He added: “It’s also an enjoyable task as the judges have the privilege of meeting and talking to such talented and highly motivated students. The comments and feedback from the judges has been fantastic, it has been exceptional.”
“Every student made a great impression and being here this evening is in itself a fantastic recognition that you are among the very best students on the Island.”
Education and Children Minister Mr Crookall said attending events like the Student of the Year Awards was one of the most pleasurable parts of his work.
He explained: “As part of my job, I visit schools and meet students frequently and I always come away inspired by their hard work, dedication and talent. The Barclays’ Student of the Year scheme recognises and rewards those attributes in our young people.”
“Barclays has sponsored and organised the Student of the Year scheme for 17 years now. It is one of our oldest ‘partnerships’ and a scheme that is greatly valued by us and our schools.”
“Importantly, the awards don’t just recognise students’ individual achievements in their field, but consider their wider role – in influencing and encouraging others, in being a role model, in making their school a better place”
Mr Crookall concluded: “Our deepest gratitude goes to Simon Scott and his team at Barclays for their continued support for education.”