updated 1:37 PM PDT, May 29, 2017
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ESHS Students Is New Junior Minister Of Tourism

On Saturday evening after a highly contested competition, Keliann Freeman of Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) won the 2017 Junior Minister of Tourism title.

Freeman and three other students competed for the BVI Tourist Board's annual 2017 Speech Competition at the HLSCC.

The participating students were Keira St. Ross of Bregado Flax Educational Centre; Za-Riana Grant of Cedar International School; and Shamir Smith of Seventh Day Adventist School.

St. Ross was first runner-up.

Director of Tourism, Mrs. Sharon Flax-Brutus said that tourism education is essential and through the Junior Minister of Tourism Speech Competition, students are able to research, analyze, and state their position on issues that concern 'our' tourism product and territory overall.

"Our youth must be prepared to understand the way forward in tourism development and initiatives and gain exposure through opportunities such as this competition, which fosters personal and academic growth alongside their peers within the region. We salute the students who have accepted this year’s challenge," she said.

Freeman won a laptop and trip to Grenada.

Jahnai Pickering Shines At Florida University 

BVIslander Jahnai Pickering has completed his studies by obtaining his Physical Therapist Assistant Associates Degree at Keiser University in Florida, United States.

Mr. Pickering is an upstanding BVIslander and resident of the first district.  He joined the team at Therapy Works BVI, Ltd. on July 1st, 2013 as a Physical Therapist Aide.  

He quickly showed interest and much promise in the rehabilitation field with a great desire to advance.  Dr. Jerry Smith, CEO of Therapy Works, recognized the talents of Mr. Pickering and enrolled him in Keiser University’s PTA program in 2015.

Mr. Pickering will return to the BVI and Therapy Works to provide services to the community this summer after completing his board exam and becoming a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant. Mr. Pickering now joins a very small handful of locals credentialed in the field of physical therapy.

Physical therapy (PT), also known as physiotherapy, is a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialty that remediates impairments and promotes mobility, function, and quality of life through examination, diagnosis, prognosis, and physical intervention. It is performed by physical therapists (known as physiotherapists in many countries).

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