A number of young people from the Isle of Man have been honoured by the North American Manx Association (NAMA) for their significant contribution to Manx culture and the community.
The annual awards ceremony, held on Wednesday 3 July at the Legislative Buildings in Douglas, recognises those who have excelled in fields of Manx music, culture, the arts and crafts, and involvement with the Island’s community.
The judging panel comprising of Professor Ronald Barr of the Department of Education, Sport and Culture, Aimee Corlett from the World Manx Association, and Anne Minay a life member of NAMA, had a difficult task in deciding the winners, with a wide variety of considerable talents and achievements nominated this year.
Graham Cregeen MHK, Minister for Education, Sport and Culture, hosted this year’s awards ceremony and congratulated the winners on their success. He said:
‘I’d like to congratulate all of the award winners for their hard work and passion and for embracing the rich culture that we’re proud to have as an Island.
‘This year’s nominations and award winners have highlighted the broad range of talent that our young people have across the Island and will help us to continue to showcase our fantastic culture and traditions for many more years to come.’
Awards were presented across eight categories to:
- Outstanding achievement in Manx Music: Shellan Leeming – QEII High
- Outstanding achievement in Arts and Crafts: Ashley Christian – Castle Rushen High School
- Manx Language: Toshiki Teare – QEII High School
- Outstanding contribution to Manx Culture by a student under 18: Lucy Gilmore – Ramsey Grammar School
- Outstanding contribution to the Manx Culture by a group of young people under the age of 25: Dhoon School
- Outstanding Contribution to the Manx community: Jake Hodgson – Ballakermeen High School
- Outstanding contribution to the Manx Community – Overcoming a disability: Alyssa Smith – Ballakermeen High School
- Most Progress in Manx: Emily Faragher – Ramsey Grammar School & Katie Ashton-Hamlet – Ballakermeen High School