Yanique Nissan Dacosta – 1ST Place Leadership
Our winner in the category of Leadership is a young lady, 18 years of age who began to exhibit Leadership qualities, from a very tender age. Imagine being Prefect, then Head Girl, President of the Builders Club, President of the Spanish Club and also House Captain, all at your Prep School when you are barely ten years old. And then throw in being honoured as the most outstanding Builder’s Club President by the sponsoring Kiwanis Club.
This young lady clearly had the importance of giving voluntary service instilled in her at an early age. In 2001 she won the Mini Miss Jamaica at age 8 years, and raised $42,000 from two companies so that an inner city child who had been born with a serious defect could have the operation she needed. She also set a major goal to establish a lifetime community service project that would grow with her so in 2002, she initiated the building of a playground at the Chevannes Basic School in the inner city community of Standpipe in Liguanea and continued working with the community in the spirit of volunteerism.
She started a Scholarship in her name to assist those less fortunate with school fees, books and uniforms who were graduating from the Basic School to Primary School. She also organized a collection drive of clothing, toys and books to be distributed not only in Standpipe but also in other communities. She became a member of the board of the Chevannes Basic School in 2002 and 7 years later became the co-chairperson and is now the Chairperson. Now under her leadership, the Basic School has gained assistance to add a Principal’s Office, a bathroom, kitchen and classroom to create an improved learning environment.
When this young lady graduated from Wolmer’s Prep School to Immaculate Conception High School, she did so as the Valedictorian of the Graduating Class of 2005 so her volunteerism had not impacted negatively on her academics and she had many awards to show, including Girl of the Year. At Immaculate, she again found vehicles for her volunteer spirit by becoming Secretary of the Key Club then President. She also joined the St. Francis Outreach Ministry, a campus ministry and again was able to achieve and maintain Honour Student status while passing nine CSEC subjects. Having moved on to Pre-University School she now has three Advanced Level subjects.
She has performed at Jazz in the Gardens, been a member of Movements Dance Company, participated in the Denmark international art project, won oratorical competitions, been interviewed on Television and been a Television Host; Ladies and Gentlemen, the winner in the Leadership category for 2011, Yanique Nissan Dacosta.