Nominations invited for North American Manx awards

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The Department of Education and Children is inviting nominations for the 2014 North American Manx Awards, which recognise outstanding achievement by young people in the Isle of Man.

The awards are presented annually by the North American Manx Association (NAMA). Although the awards tend to recognise the achievements of those aged 18 and under, two of the awards are also open to older candidates.

The categories are: achievements in Manx Music, Art and crafts that portray any aspect of Manx life or culture, Manx language, an outstanding contribution to the Manx community in general, and overcoming disability.

Three separate awards are also available for an outstanding contribution to Manx culture - by a student under 18, a student over 18 and by a group of young people under the age of 25.

North American Manx Association president Jody Morey will present the awards at the Barrool Suite in the Legislative Buildings on Friday, July 4. Ms Morey’s great grandfather, John Beck, was from Laxey and emigrated to America in 1864 with his brother, Thomas. Ms Morey will complete her two-year term as President at the conclusion of NAMA’s 2014 convention, which is being held on the Isle of Man in July.

Ms Morey said: ‘NAMA considers the awarding of the education medals a great tradition to carry on. We hope that it will give the awardees a sense of accomplishment and will inspire others to excel in their school and community. The youth of today will be our leaders tomorrow. NAMA hopes to always be connected to education in the Isle of Man.’

Nomination forms can be downloaded from or requested by ringing Mrs MeShell Berry on 01624 693830.

Completed nomination forms should be returned by Friday, May 30, 2014 to Mrs Berry at the following address: Department of Education and Children, Professional Development Centre, School Lane, Santon, IM4 1EG.

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