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National awards for “Du Di Rait Ting”

Kaylin Jimenez

Kaylin Jimenez

Kaylin Jimenez

Wednesday, July 9, 2014. AARON HUMES Reporting: The Police Department regularly honors high school students who have met the requirements for the “Du Di Rait Ting” program.

Today the national awards were held.

Dehanne Augustine

Dehanne Augustine

Acting Commander of Community Policing, Inspector Dehanne Augustine, says the program has become a favorite with businesses who seek to help to honor those who have turned their lives around from various circumstances.

Of the 39 total winners, a top ten were selected by a national selection board for special recognition. One of those is Eden SDA graduate Kaylin Jimenez, who lost her mother to gun violence mere months after reconciling with her.

She had been removed from her mother’s home at fourteen as a result of physical abuse from an alcoholic mother.

For someone who has been through so much, she says she never gave up on herself, and hopes other children in similar circumstances do the same.

Zipporah Taylor

Zipporah Taylor

From Belize City, Edward P. Yorke’s Zipporah Taylor told us that finishing second provides even more motivation.

She says she had a sour attitude and was on the verge of flunking out of school until she had a personal epiphany and became determined to turn her life around.

Taylor moves on to business studies at the University of Belize.

Today’s winners took home scholarships and attractive prize packages from the various sponsors of the program.

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