Governor Holiday considers it important and as a result, encourages young people to develop the qualities required to take an active and constructive role in Sint Maarten. The Governor believes that cultivating an attitude of excellence is instrumental to developing such qualities. The Governor’s Youth Award for Excellence Program has as a result been designed to recognize youths, ages 13 through 19, who have performed above and beyond and excelled in specific fields in our community. The categories for which young persons will be recognized are:
1. Academics –Youth Award for Excellence in Academics
2. Sports – Youth Award for Excellence in Sports
3. Arts – Youth Award for Excellence in Arts
4. Environmental protection – Youth Award for Excellence in Environment Protection
5. Community service – Youth Award for Excellence in Community Service
The Governor’s Youth Award for Excellence will be awarded to youths who have attained a level of excellence in the selected fields greater than that achieved by others or whose performance have been so exceptional that these achievements have identified this youth as being clearly outstanding from others. Selected nominees will be invited for the Awards Ceremony. Past recipients of the Governor’s Youth Award for Excellence include: Nigel Alexander Adriana co-recipient for Academics 2020, Riya Baharani Khemchandani co-recipient for Academics 2020, Ray-Angel Boasman recipient for Arts 2020, Sara Bharwani recipients for Environmental Protection 2020, Jamie Lynch for Academics 2021, Faith Peterson co-recipient for Arts 2021 and Tefari Prevoo Francisco co-recipient for Arts 2021
We encourage educational institutions, sports organizations, creative industries, environmental organizations, youth organizations, faith-based organizations, service clubs, community organizations or others who know a young person who deserves to be recognized for their outstanding achievements are requested to submit nominations using the nomination forms. Nominations must contain details and examples with supporting documentation of the achievements and activities of the nominated youth as well as evidence of compliance with eligibility, general and specific criteria established in the award guidelines. Winners are selected based on a recommendation by the evaluation committee. The evaluation committee is comprised of the following multi-disciplinary panel of professionals: Mrs. Oldine Bryson-Pantophlet (Chairperson), Ms. Cassandra Janssen (Secretary), Dr. Rolinda Carter, Mr. Maikel Cornet, Ms. Clara Reyes, Mr. Rueben Thompson and Mrs. Fabiana Vanterpool-Arnell.