Young Achiever: Seon has premier plans
A three-times head boy has his eyes fixed on leading Bermuda in the future.
Seon Tatem, 17, who has been head boy at his primary school and middle school, and now at the Berkeley Institute, wants to give back to his country by becoming premier.
Seon, from Sandys, said: “I have always got my greatest satisfaction from giving back. Talking to people and helping people through situations has given me the best feeling I can ever think of. I just want to give back.
“I’m not really into materialistic things and I care more about human connections than what type of shoes I have.”
He is passionate about problems the country faces, including the role of poverty in crime and gang violence.
Seon wants boys to have positive role models.
He said: “Some people may not be receiving time or affection from their parents and may get around a group of males who are not really good for them.”
Seon explained that young men often mistake acquaintances for friends.
He added: “A lot of the youths are just angry, hurt and they are not heard.”
He wants to help create change by becoming a teacher, a principal, a minister of education and the premier.
He said that the leadership roles at school were preparation for bigger things.
Seon, who is also the student council president at the Berkeley Institute, enjoys being a pupil leader.
He explained: “For head boy, the teachers selected, which is good, but I think it is important to have the faith of your own peers before anyone else. Being student council president is a big deal to me.”
He admitted the two leadership roles were time consuming.
Seon has learnt to prioritise and to seek advice from leaders.
His leadership skills were boosted when he took part in the 2017 Future Leaders programme.
Seon said: “My initial thought was that it was going to make me a better leader, but it was much more — it helped me to figure out who I am as a person.”
He added: “At first I thought leadership was giving directions, but leadership is standing on the same level as your peers.
“People can tell the difference between someone who is trying to be bossy and someone who is genuine. I approach people how I think I want to be approached.”
He encourages others to believe in themselves and to do what is right.
He said: “Wrong is wrong, even when everybody is doing it, and right is right even when nobody is doing it.”
Seon is also among a group of pupils from the Berkeley Institute who have reached the finals of a global enterprise competition.
Their company, Leisure in The Triangle, has reached the top five in the Virtual Enterprise International competition and will compete against 40 qualifying countries at the Youth Business Summit in New York next month.
Seon is CEO of the company, which sells Bermuda-inspired clothes.
He said: “It’s incredible because we competed against hundreds of schools, thousands of students. Small Bermuda competing against the top private schools in the States is really a good feeling.”