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Over the past weekend, Antiguans and Barbudans gathered in large numbers at the Glen Island Harbour Club in New Rochelle, NY, for the annual Independence Gala.
The event was dedicated to celebrating the country’s bright and promising future, symbolized by young minds who will continue to nurture its development.
Minister of Education Daryll Matthew was in attendance and conveyed greetings on behalf of the Government of Antigua and Barbuda to the packed ballroom of nationals and friends from all walks of life.
The celebration marked 42 years of Independence, and Minister Matthew’s remarks were aligned with this year’s Independence theme, Embracing the Legacy and shaping the Future.
He encouraged nationals to join the country in creating a legacy for future generations. Despite being miles away, he emphasized that their role is important in building a nation for which they all can be proud.
Antigua and Barbuda’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Dr. Walton Webson, took advantage of the attention of a captive audience to share details about next year’s International SIDS Conference, a major event in which Antigua and Barbuda will establish a new legacy for the pivotal role it will play in the future of island nations.
The Antigua and Barbuda Students Association, responsible for ensuring the best possible transition for students who travel to the United States to further their studies, was presented with an award of excellence.
Dr. Noel Howell, who represented the association, urged Antiguans and Barbudans to reach out to the organization and show their support, even by way of mentoring the students so they can make the best choices in achieving their academic and career goals.
Minister Matthew and Ambassador Webson were also present to present the award of excellence to Kenijah Brown, who has consistently attained the Dean’s List every semester since matriculating and is majoring in Business Administration at William Patterson University.
Additionally, Keanu Carbon, a tech and business specialist, and Yumani Nedd, a medical professional, were cited as future leaders who have benefited from the association and continue to support its endeavors.