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Multiple Awards Won by Junior Achievement Students Sponsored by Cayman Airways


For the past four years, Cayman Airways employees have volunteered their time and talent to lead, inspire and support a group of students on their journey of running their own business as part of the Junior Achievement (JA) Company Programme in the Cayman Islands. The 2017 Junior Achievement Awards banquet, held at the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort, recognised deserving students for their outstanding work. Unsurprisingly, the Cayman Airways-sponsored JA company, Splash of Cayman, took home the prestigious title of “Company of the Year.” The corporate objective of Splash of Cayman was to produce products that were both suitable and affordable for all customers. Two types of products were chosen — beaded lanyards, and tote bags made from pillowcases, which were then tie-dyed, decorated or hand painted. The students sold 137 bags and 76 lanyards.

Students of the Junior Achievement Company “Splash of Cayman” sponsored by Cayman Airways with their multiple awards on gala night.

Additionally, the programme’s overall award for Product of the Year was presented to Splash of Cayman, and the company’s Vice President, Martina Watler, was also awarded Vice President and Finance of the Year. “These students rose above many obstacles and persevered to come out on top as an award-winning team,” says Mrs. Joann West, Cayman Airways Passenger Sales Auditor and Senior Advisor of the group on behalf of the airline. “It was truly amazing to watch them work, and their determination paid off. This is what Junior Achievement is all about — teaching these students not only to make a product and sell, but to run a business and never give up, even in the face of adversity.”

Chaperone Joann West (centre) along with (from left) Aaron West, Tyra Iton, Michael McLaughlin and Adrian Powery of the 2015/2016 winners of Cayman’s overall Junior Achievement Company of the Year award, Eco Designs sponsored by Cayman Airways, on their way to the regional Company of the Year competition in Mexico.

With the support of local companies, the JA programme helps prepare students for a bright future by inspiring and preparing them to reach their full potential, through developing new skills such as leadership, public speaking, communication and collaboration. JA Cayman has been inspiring hundreds of students in Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac, every year for the past 25 years, with the aim to improve their financial literacy, entrepreneurship and readiness for the workplace. Indeed, the future is bright for the Splash of Cayman company. Next up, Martina Watler, Alex Richards and Carlyah Santo will represent the Cayman Islands in the regional Company of the Year competition, which will be held in Brazil November 25–30, 2017.