Bracker takes young entrepreneur title

| 25/05/2010

(CNS): The 2010 Junior Achievement President of the Year was awarded to Zachary Jones of Sea Breezes Ltd, which produced wind chimes made with Brac driftwood, shells and glass. His company, based on Cayman Brac, was also awarded the coveted Company of the Year award. One of several students honoured at the weekend’s JA gala ceremony for their achievement during the programme, Jones said, “Working together as a team is the most important thing for the company. "It doesn’t matter how much work you put out as president, if you don’t have your team working behind you, you’ll get nowhere.”

The Junior Achievement is an international non-profit organization that turns high school students into entrepreneurs. They do everything a business would normally do, such as elect company presidents, manufacture a product and work out how to market and sell it.
At the ceremony to mark the end of this year’s 18-week programme in the Cayman Islands, other officers’ awards went to: Nickisha Stephenson for Vice President of Finance, Dannia Clarke for Vice President of Marketing, Shequita Lynch for Vice President of Human Resources, and Shannon LeBert Vice for President of Production.
With sales of over $1,500 for her JA Company, Tropical Impressions, Nikita Durant won the Salesperson of the Year, while the Product of the Year award went to Beyond Ideas for their product, Gardens in a Box.
Jonathon Masters and Rasheed Powery Saunds shared the Male Achiever of the Year award, and Female Achiever of the Year was Drean Ebanks. These awards are given to students who took part in the programme but were not officers of the company. “I tried my best, I followed directions, and I tried to do everything that was asked of me,” Masters said, describing how he won the award. Another important thing, he found out, was that “everyone’s opinion is very different.”
Eight students will represent the Cayman Islands in Canada at an international JA gathering, "Next Generation Leaders". They are Jonathon Masters, Lloyd Barker, Renee Lindo, John Fawkes, Shanaz Whittaker, Nikita Durrant, Shemina Barnes, and Alex McIntyre. (Below: the staff of Sea Breezes)

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  1. more veggies please says:

    Congratulations.

    I hope you think about continuing the business venture outside of Junior Achievment, as the product sounds unique & not only would it reuse glass that would otherwise just sit in the dump, it would be a nice item to have in one’s home and/or a unique souvenir for tourists. Low overhead helps too 🙂