Ten-year-old Ava Crane drew her wish for the local youth to be united and happy into a logo that stood out the best among the 40 entries in the National Youth Commission’s (NYC’s) recent competition.
Minister for Youth, Sports, Culture and Heritage, Hon. Bernie Bush handed over the ministry-donated prize of $1,000 to Ava recently at her school, Village Montessori, located at Camana Bay.
Also, in attendance to lend support on the happy occasion were Chairperson of the NYC Public Awareness Subcommittee Monina Thompson and the Ministry of Youth’s Senior Policy Analyst Tunisia Barnes as well as Ava’s parents and sister, students, teachers and other staff.
Congratulating Ava on her accomplishment, Minister Bush highlighted recent Cayman Islands youth achievements, especially in sports, on the international front. A keen swimmer, Ava was part of the Cayman Islands gold-winning artistic swimming team in the recent CARIFTA games. Minister Bush noted that he had attended the games to be on hand to encourage the Cayman Islands’ athletes.
Caption: Sharing a moment together at the presentation at Village Montessori at Camana Bay are from left: Minister Hon. Bernie Bush, Ava’s father, sister, Ava Crane, Senior Policy Analyst Tunisia Barnes, Ava’s mother and NYC member Monina Thompson.
“It is fitting that the National Youth Commission, which has been recommissioned and rebranded recently, should prominently feature the logo which is the work of a youth member of the community,” Minister Bush said. “Our youth deserve all our support and encouragement, which our ministry and its agencies try to provide consistently. I am proud of our youth and I wish Ava all the best in all her future endeavours,” he added.
Commenting on her logo design, Ava noted that the bright colours she used represent the young people of the Cayman Islands and the three children she had specifically depicted exemplify inclusivity and the youth, she added. The design also displays “empowerment”, “intentional” and “innovative” around the central figures.
NYC’s Monina Thompson explained that the 40 submissions in the logo competition were from local youth aged between 10 and 25 years.
Ms. Barnes of the Ministry thanked all who had submitted entries for their enthusiastic participation and noted that the competition had been stiff.