Bright kids with a bright future
Colina Insurance Limited’s annual corporate calendar, a widely circulated publication used to highlight the Bahamian community through various forms including business, history, education and the arts, this year is shining the spotlight on children in its “Bright Kids Bright Future” edition for 2019. The calendar, released in December 2018, took a whimsical approach to highlighting some of the country’s brightest young scholars.
“While it wasn’t difficult to find students with the academic aptitude, Colina wanted to take a different approach,” said Arnette Ingraham, Colina’s director of corporate communications.
“This year, our corporate calendar features students who excel in and outside of the classroom. Our goal was to promote primary school and junior school students who are doing exciting, noble or creative things at a young age,” said Ingraham.
They partnered with the Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year Foundation (BPSSYF) and its president and CEO, Ricardo Deveaux, to highlight the students in the program who were doing phenomenal things.
The calendar features Remington Minnis, Hannah Edomwonyi, Robert Grant II, Karis Knowles, Nikhil Unwala, Bayli Major, Joshua Weech, Kayley Simon, Maddox Pinder, V’Ajha Clarke, Kaiden Moss-Moultrie and Neville Roker Jr.
“We want to encourage these young and up-and-coming talents. We got to work with 12-year-olds who have already published books, are successful athletes, are community activists and even one who has started her own business,” said Ingraham. “I see these students as pure inspiration. Their ability to balance academics with all of their other pursuits is something we hope can encourage other Bahamian children,” she said.
The premise of the calendar was to capture the students’ extra-curricular talent in a unique way. To do this, Colina worked with Ben Jamieson Photography to photograph the students in their elements with a little dramatic flair. In the calendar, you’ll see a baseball and basketball standout marrying his two passions, as well as the works of some creative talents literally coming to life.
Minnis, a standout student athlete; the 2017-2018 Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year (BPSSY); the youngest member of the 2018 gold medal winning CARIFTA water polo team; and the founder of the Hugs for Heart community service project, which benefits the Sir Victor Sassoon (Bahamas) Heart Foundation, is featured in January.
February is graced by Edomwonyi, a published author by the age of 11 whose book “The Day We Met Matthew” chronicles the impact of 2016’s Hurricane Matthew on the people of Lowe Sound, Andros. She also founded a charity “Dolls & Trucks for Tots in Andros” that collected toys for children who lost their possessions in the deadly storm. She was the 2016-2017 BPSSY.
Grant, a baseball and basketball talent as well as a 2017-2018 Primary School Student of the Year finalist, is featured in March. When he doesn’t have a bat or ball in his hand, he is known to serenade older people at Grand Bahama’s elderly care facilities.
Knowles, the April feature, is known as the “The Balloon Princess”, having launched her balloon business under that name in March 2018. She donated a portion of her revenue to a local children’s charity.
Unwala, who graces the month of May, is described as not your average overachiever. The first runner-up in the 2017-2018 BPSSY program is a member of Mensa, the high IQ society which is open to persons who have attained a score within the upper two percent of the general population on an approved intelligence test that has been properly administered and supervised. He boasts an IQ of 146. He published his first book in first grade. What truly sets him apart is his charitable spirit. At just 12 years old, he has participated in numerous community projects that support the work of The Bahamas Red Cross and other charitable organizations.
Major, a gymnast with Olympic dreams who has captured a top place finish in at least one discipline every time she competes, is the June feature.
Weech, another excellent student athlete, is featured in July. An Optimist dinghy sailor, he has won almost every local regatta, and represented well in international competition. He is also on the honor roll at his school.
The month of August is graced by Simon, who has been stirring things up for a while with her book “Kayley’s Rules: A fun cookbook for all ages”. She is also the creator of an organic child-friendly beauty product line. A fourth-place finisher in the 2017-2018 BPSSY program, Simon is a talented pianist and self-taught guitarist.
Pinder, who is featured in September, was a 2017-2018 BPSSY program finalist. Beyond his academic talents, he’s also an avid guitarist, fisherman and swimmer. He also participates in a number of local initiatives that support environmental protection.
When she was just seven years old, Clarke, who graces the month of October, wrote her first book “The Cats and the Mats”, which she followed up with “The Cats and the Mats: Bahamas Vacation” for her second publication. She is also an illustrator, and produces all of the artwork for her books.
Moss-Moultrie, who is featured in November, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age four, and is a part of the Kids Camp at the Diabetic Research Institute, as well as the youth arm of the Bahamas Diabetic Association. She uses her condition to educate others about the disease through speaking appearances. She was also a finalist in the 2017-2018 BPSSY program.
December features the musically talented Roker Jr., who plays three instruments – alto saxophone, double tenor steel pan and the drums. He also started a charity fundraiser called “Nev’ and Friends”. He, along with his classmates, church and band members, arranged a benefit concert for the Cancer Society of The Bahamas and the Ranfurly Homes for Children. He was also a finalist in the BPSSY program in 2017.
Calendars are available at any Colina location or from a Colina salesperson.
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