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Keen volunteer: Madison Quig, the head girl at BHS, is the overall winner in the 2019 Outstanding Teen Awards

Bermuda’s outstanding teenagers have been honoured for their achievements.

Topping the awards was Madison Quig, 17, head girl at Bermuda High School.

Ms Quig, who attained perfect scores in SAT chemistry and biology and a near-perfect score in mathematics last year, said she was delighted to win the top honour at the 2019 Outstanding Teen Awards, which came with a $3,000 cash prize from sponsor KPMG, the professional services firm.

She said: “I am honoured and humbled to have been awarded, because there were many other outstanding teens who could have been chosen.”

Ms Quig has also been a keen volunteer and outstanding pupil leader who led a fundraiser for the class of 2019 to buy solar panels for the school.

She is also a guitarist, is a sailor and plays basketball, netball and squash. Ms Quig was also chosen as the top girl in leadership and academics.

Michelle Wade, executive director of Teen Services, said: “We have to recognise our young people in order to empower and encourage them to continue to do their good work.”

She was speaking at the Teen Services’ Outstanding Teen Awards, held at the Heritage Worship Centre in Hamilton on Saturday.

She added: “We also have to encourage those who may not be doing very well so they will reach their potential.”

Ms Wade said many of the young people honoured by Teen Services had done well in their later careers.

She highlighted that the first winner in the Outstanding Teen Awards, Malcolm Brock, qualified as a doctor and is now engaged in cancer research at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Centre in Baltimore, Maryland.

The special recognition award, sponsored by reinsurance firm Arch Re and worth $2,500, went to Chrysda Smith, also of Bermuda High School.

Ms Wade said: “These are two brilliant young ladies, you wonder when they sleep.”

She said she was grateful to sponsors who ensured that all the winners got money to put towards their education.

Kirsten Maske and Giovani Hollis, of Warwick Academy, won the prize for spiritual leadership, sponsored by the Bermuda Silver Jubilee Trust.

Courtney Bromby, of BHS, and Joshua Thorne, of Warwick Academy, won the sports awards, sponsored by the Department of Youth, Sport and Recreation.

Seon Tatem, of the Berkeley Institute, won the leadership award for boys, which was sponsored by insurance holding company Assured Guaranty.

Jassiem Smith, of CedarBridge Academy, and Zahkileh Sampson, of Bermuda Institute, won the most progress award, sponsored by supermarket Lindo’s.

Chaya Guishard, of Warwick Academy, and Zaroi Ratteray, of Berkeley, received the One Communication-sponsored community service awards.

Aaliyah Crockwell, of Berkeley, and Zebedee Wakely, of Warwick Academy, won the award for perseverance, also sponsored by the Bermuda Jubilee Trust.

The two also won an award from Veronica Dill and her family in memory of Eugene Dill, who won the award in 2006, but died a few years later.

Conor Sinclair, of Mount Saint Agnes, and Ms Quig won in the KPMG-sponsored academic achievement category. Mr Wakely and Julia Pimental, of MSA, won for their work in visual arts, an award sponsored by June Hill in honour of her mother, Georgine Hill.

The performance arts award, sponsored by professional services firm Ernst & Young, went to Daniela Buglione, of Saltus Grammar School, and Conor Hay, of Warwick Academy.

Vocational technical art awards, sponsored by investment management firm FIL Ltd, went to CedarBridge Academy’s Lilliana Moniz and Rodrigo Guerreiro.

The winners in each category were presented with $1,000 each.

Other sponsors included Chubb, the Bermuda Industrial Union, the Ministry of Education, Axa XL Insurance and soft drinks firm Barritt’s.

Top award: Chrysda Smith, of BHS, earned special recognition at the Outstanding Teen Awards
Keen volunteer: Madison Quig, the head girl at BHS, is the overall winner in the 2019 Outstanding Teen Awards