Bahamas Telecommunications Company’s (BTC’s) New Providence Junior Achievement (JA) company won top awards at the JA end of year review virtual ceremony, which took place on June 1. BTC Horizon’s President Noel Seymour won President of the Year, Most Distinguished Achiever (MDA) and was awarded an $8,000 scholarship.
The year 2020 has been exciting for BTC Horizon, as earlier this year, the group was awarded Product of the Year for its ‘Garden Buddies’ product, which are self-contained home starter garden kits.
They successfully pitched their product to the Ministry of Agriculture, which purchased 500 Garden Buddies for use in primary schools. Sales of the kits continue throughout the pandemic.
In response to her win, Seymour said, “I feel elated that I was able to make my parents, my fellow achievers, the advisory team and BTC proud. My mantra this year was ‘you will only get out what you put in’. I am thrilled to see our company’s hard work acknowledged. I am really happy that BTC Horizon was able to win all of the major awards this year.”
BTC Chief Executive Officer Garry Sinclair commented on the company’s achievements saying, “The entire BTC family is indeed ecstatic about BTC Horizon’s performance this year. They are definitely embracing our philosophy ‘we do it best and we do it with spirit’. I am especially proud of our president, Noel Seymour, who was recognized for her leadership and fortitude.”
Noel gave these words of advice to other achievers enrolling in the program next year: “Treat Junior Achievement like it’s your personal business. Step out of your comfort zone and find creative ways to market and sell your product. You won’t win every competition, but you get experience and guidance for success.”
Noel is a graduating senior from St. Anne’s High School.
In the fall, she will attend the University of The Bahamas and pursue studies in veterinary science.
Earlier this year, BTC Horizon achievers Diamond Wilson, Da’Shante Bain and Gregranique Higgs also secured scholarships from Johnson and Wales as part of the program. Last year, BTC’s Grand Bahama JA President Ketora Clarke was awarded Most Distinguished Achiever and Most Outstanding President.
BTC has supported Junior Achievement since its inception over forty years ago.