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Kids not bitten by Shark Tank experience

By Paul Kennedy
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Dragon’s Den or it’s American equivalent Shark Tank is intimidating enough to the grown-ups pitches desperate for investment.

So, imagine what it must be like for children facing a gruelling interrogation from sharks and dragons. Sounds daunting? Not for Caymanian school kids who took it in their stride.

Last year, Digicel started the search for a group of promising high school students from across the country to take part in their first ever Young Leaders’ Programme.

More than 80 applied, and 24 made it through to the programme. Each then stood up in front of Digicel’s senior management team to pitch their best ideas from what they had learned during the programme.

Ideas ranged from 360 camera technology to using robotics to help care for senior citizens.

And the winners were Brianna Bodden of Cayman Academy and Dairilys Ebanks from Grace Christian Academy. Both were awarded a scholarship grant of $2,000 to help with their education.

Digicel Cayman CEO Martin Bould said: “As a leading employer in Cayman, with technology and digital skills at our core, we see it as our duty to help equip tomorrow’s leaders with the skills necessary to excel both locally and on the global stage.

“We are thrilled to be in a position to offer this opportunity to students in Cayman and to gain twenty-four Digicel Ambassadors in the process.”

About Paul Kennedy

During a career that spans almost three decades, Paul has covered some of the biggest stories in the world for regional and national newspapers. A multi-award winning journalist and published author, he has worked for the past six years producing television news and documentaries in Cayman. Paul is also the host of a weekly football show. His dream story is to find a dog that can play piano.

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