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GG achievement awardee encourages peers to work hard

Published:Friday | September 11, 2015 | 12:00 AMShanique Samuels
From left: Anmarie Brown, aunt of awardee Shaniel Catnott and younger sister Shanice.

MAY PEN, Clarendon:

Shaniel Catnott lives the maxim, 'a journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step', which has influenced her to accept that "good things do not come easily, one must work hard to achieve".

The seventh of 10 children, this native of St Mary, though having experienced a difficult childhood, was determined to excel and achieve her ambitions.

Inspired, she worked tirelessly, resulting in being selected as the head prefect in grade nine as well as leading the Disciplinary and Checking Unit Committee at her school.

Among Catnott's many involvements, she was elected vice-president of the quiz club. She also founded and presided over the school's Elite Youth Club and attained the rank of corporal in the school's cadet unit.

Despite being involved in so many co-curricular activities, Catnott graduated from St Mary High School with 12 passes at the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate examinations and the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations.

Her involvement at the community level also spans several clubs including the Devon Pen Police Youth Club. Her passion for nation building got her selected as one of three candidates from St Mary for the Governor General's Achievement Award. She is the recipient from the 18 to 24-years-old category.

"I feel extraordinary, I am very proud of myself and I know I've worked very hard so I am deserving of this award. Good things come to those who don't wait, but go out and work very hard to achieve it, so I'm thankful that I have achieved such an award," she told The Gleaner.

Catnott encouraged young people not to become delinquents and procrastinate. "Continue to work hard and be determined and be self-motivated so you can also motivate others. Do your best and keep focused," she said.

The brilliant and exemplary young woman is desirous of pursuing environmental sciences at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus.

Catnott's elder cousin, Anmarie Brown,who was at the award ceremony held at the Wembly Centre of Excellence in Clarendon, said she was happy to have shared in the moment with her and was extremely proud. She encouraged Catnott to keep up the good work, continue to work hard and do her best.

Shanice Catnott said she, too, was very proud of her sister and is inspired and felt motivated to aspire to reach the heights attained by her elder sister.