Thursday, November 22, 2012
Saturday, November 17, 2012
|STAYFIELD PRYCE ~ COURAGE TO OVERCOME: PHYSICAL LIMITATION|
Stayfield Pryce was born with webbed fingers, a fusion of the digits. The scientific name for this condition is syndactyly, and it occurs between six and eight weeks of gestation when “programmed cell death” is absent or incomplete. There is about a one in 10,000 chance that a child will be born with this abnormality of the newborn hand.Stayfield was also born without legs, a “sporadic birth defect” he was told; which is basically doctors saying they don’t know why it happened.
People stare at him; some bully, some are afraid, and most make up their own narrative about who he is, but usually when they get to know him, that narrative changes. Stayfield believes that people need to be able to tell their own story, to place you in a context within their own world, before they can understand and accept those who are different.
“I was born without legs,” explained Stayfield matter-of-factly. “This is all I’ve known, and to me, it’s not really a big deal.”
When Stayfield was six and about to enter kindergarten, he was fit for prosthesis and has worn them ever since. With the aid of the prosthesis, Stayfield found he could run and have fun like other children.
He began to believe he could do whatever he put his mind to.
“Not everyone is born perfect,” Stayfield said. “I have been given an opportunity to teach people to be more accepting. By living a full and productive life, and not letting my disability hold me back, I can be a positive role model for others.”
Stayfield is an active young man who enjoys skateboarding by balancing his torso on the skateboard and moving expertly through the streets. He also likes to play cricket with his friends and plays the position of bowler.
Passionate about singing, Stayfield competed in the “Talent Explosion” at Cayon High School and placed third. He also holds the lead position in the Cayon High School Choir and sings in the church choir. Love songs are his favorite.
Stayfield believes that love is more important than anything else in the world, and feels fortunate to have experienced the unconditional love of his family. Stayfield credits his mom for giving him the freedom and independence which has inspired his determination to challenge limitations, and his friend Sylvester Moses, for supporting his optimism and confidence.
Stayfield Pryce is a 16-year old fifth form student at Cayon High School. He receives the Remarkable Teen award in the category of Courage to Overcome: Physical Limitation.
|KISHONA PEMBERTON ~ FASHION AND STYLE|
Kishona Pemberton was born to create style. She is passionate about fashion and style, and truly believes that by helping people discover their unique beauty, she is advancing a positive step towards building self esteem. “When you look good, you feel good,” she said, quoting Vidal Sassoon, world renowned hairdresser and entrepreneur.
|DENNISIA CLARKE ~ PHOTOGRAPHY|
Dennisia began taking pictures at the age of eight, an interest she acquired from spending time in her aunt’s photography studio where she used to help out after school. Now she sees photography as a way to express her creativity. Dennisia volunteers as the school photographer.
|JEFFVANCIA MATTHEW ~ COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT|
|DEJOUR ALEXANDER ~ SONGWRITING|
|TEHYA FLEMING ~ DANCE|
|CHRISTIAN NATHANIEL ~ MUSIC|
|SASHA HERBERT ~ ART|
|WARREN HAZEL ~ PERFORMING ARTIST|
Friday, November 16, 2012
|SAMUEL OYEBEFUN ~ SCHOLAR ATHLETE|
Samuel Oyebefun is both an athlete and a scholar; and a genuinely kind-hearted and thoughtful young man.
|NEKHAILA TYSON ~ MOST PROMISING TEEN|
|K'SHANTA REID ~ CAMPUS LEADERSHIP|
|KHYLA BROWN ~ CITIZENSHIP|
|WRICHERLEY GUMBS ~ YOUTH ACTIVISM|
Thursday, November 15, 2012
|ARIANN MAYNARD ~ COURAGE TO OVERCOME: PERSONAL DECISION|
|SHAQUILLE GUMBS ~ COMMITMENT TO PERSONAL EXCELLENCE|
|SHANI REID ~ COMMUNITY SERVICE|AKEEM OMAH HUGGINS ~ CULINARY ARTS