Congratulations to all the awardees and nominees in this year’s North American Manx Association Youth Awards ceremony. Special thanks to life-member Donald Gelling for presenting on our behalf as none of us could make it this year. Well done, everyone, you make us very proud, indeed.
North American Manx Awards 2022 were as follows:
Outstanding achievement in Manx Music
Outstanding achievement in Arts and Crafts
Most Progress in Manx
Order of Proceedings
Welcome and introduction of awards by Hon Julie Edge, MHK Minister for Education, Sport and Culture
Presentation of the Medallions by Donald Gelling CBE CP CInstSMMLife Member of the North American Manx Association
Presentation of the Most Progress in Manx Award byThe Hon Laurence Skelly MLCPresident of Tynwald and Past President of NAMA ♦♦♦
Vote of thanks by the President of Tynwald,The Hon Laurence Skelly MLCPresident of Tynwald and Past President of NAMA
From the Isle of Man Government
Seven students have been recognised for their ‘outstanding contribution’ to Manx culture by the North American Manx Association (NAMA) at a ceremony in Douglas.
The NAMA’s annual awards honour the achievements of children and young people in areas such as language, music and art.Frank Joughin, 13 and from QEII, was recognised for music due to his exceptional talent on the fiddle and Castle Rushen’s Amelia Leece, 16, and Carrick Sansom, 17, were honoured for their art.
Amelia and Carrick produced a series of paintings inspired by the sea and local landscapes, respectively.Fiona Pierce, 18 and from QEII and 11-year-old Ted Thompson, from Arbory, shared the Manx language prize.
Fiona was recognised after achieving an A* in her Manx GCSE and Ted for showing real enthusiasm for learning, while helping other children in his lessons.
Julie Edge MHK, Minister for Education, Sport and Culture, said: ‘The awards recognise the exceptional talents of our young people and their contribution to our unique Manx culture. I have been very inspired today by their stories.’
Laurence Skelly MLC, President of Tynwald and Past President of NAMA, also presented awards to Ballakermeen’s Kirsten Karran and QEII’s Cara Leadley after they both made exceptional progress with learning the Manx language in 2021. He said: ‘Recognising our heritage and culture gives a sense of unity and belonging so it is crucial to acknowledge these fantastic young people for their outstanding contribution.’
The winners were all presented with a specially minted silver medal awarded by the North American Manx Association by former Chief Minister Donald Gelling CBE – a life member of NAMA.