Youngsters honoured at North American Manx Association awards ceremony

From left, ''Callum Rowe, Fraser Rowe, Owen Williams and Luke Hayhurst, winners of the under 25s Manx Culture prize

From left, ''Callum Rowe, Fraser Rowe, Owen Williams and Luke Hayhurst, winners of the under 25s Manx Culture prize

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Young people who make an exceptional contribution to Manx culture, language and the community were honoured by the Northern American Manx Association (NAMA).

Awards are presented annually to under 25-year-olds who have excelled in their field.

The awards ceremony was held on Friday, with the winners receiving a specially minted silver medallion from NAMA lifetime honorary member Anne Minay.

World Manx Association president Leslie Hanson and Professor Ronald Barr, chief executive of the Department of Education and Children, judged nominations.

Tynwald president Clare Christian thanked NAMA for its continued commitment to the awards, saying: ‘This is an exciting year for Manx culture with the island taking the lead with Kernow (Cornwall) at the Lorient Festival and no-one can fail to be aware of the how vibrant the Manx language, music and dance scenes are at the moment, with new material being produced all the time.

‘So it is wonderful in this vibrant environment to have more young people embracing these aspects of Manx culture and reaching the high standards which are required to win the NAMA awards.

‘As well as these artistic expressions of our culture, recognition is given to those who contribute to our community, an equally important aspect of Manx life in a world where there is a tendency for people to communicate electronically rather than face to face.’

Daniel Quayle, aged 17, of Ballakermeen High School, was recognised for his outstanding achievement in Manx music.

A talented singer, musician and composer, Daniel, has won numerous accolades at the Manx Music Festival, co-hosts Manx Radio’s Jamys Jeheiney (James on Friday) programme with James Harrison, takes part in the Bree education programme for Manx music and dance and recently taught Manx tunes to people from other nations at the International Celtic Congress. He is the organ scholar at St George’s Church, Douglas, and belongs to an as-yet-unnamed Manx music group with friends.

Two GCSE art students, Richard Gawne and Alyssa Bridson, won the award for arts and crafts Manx life/culture.

The 16-year-olds produced impressive work featuring Douglas’s life and its quayside.

The Manx language award was presented to Queen Elizabeth II High School student Wilf Hewson.

Fluent in Manx since primary school, Wilf, 16, is studying for an A-level equivalent in the language.

He has taught football using his native tongue via Club Spoyrt and is assisting the Department of Education and Children’s Manx language unit to record material for learners.

He is writing a book in Manx about local birdlife.

Harry Kelly, 14, tends his own flock of Loaghtan sheep on the family farm at Cregneash, which employs traditional farming methods, and he helps show off the traditional Manx way of life to visitors.

He has studied Manx and helps in the preparations for Hop-tu-Naa when it’s celebrated annually at Cregneash.

His efforts have earned him the Manx culture (under 18) award.

Castle Rushen High School folk group members Fraser Rowe, Callum Rowe, Owen Williams and Lukas Hayhurst were awarded the Manx culture (group of under-25s) award.

The group won several categories of the Manx Folk Awards 2015 and perform separately as a folk ensemble as well as excelling individually on a wide variety of instruments.

The boys are also members of the Bree ‘supergroup’.

Fellow Castle Rushen student Adele Harris won the Manx community (work with voluntary organisations etc) award.

Adele joined the Southern Befrienders as part of a school intergenerational scheme and has been a dedicated volunteer, helping to run a basic cookery course, where she showcased her own recipes, and visiting Southlands resource centre in Port Erin weekly to chat with residents.

Isle of Man College student Reece Moffitt received the Manx community (overcoming disability and contributing to community) award.

Despite having Duchenne muscular dystrophy and being reliant on a wheelchair for mobility, Reece, 17, is excelling on a BTEC course in information technology, has taken up power chair football, which he plays with spirit and determination. He is also taking part, with friends, in a sponsored walk along the old railway line from Douglas to Peel to raise money for the Pahar Trust.

NAMA member Laurence Skelly MHK presented the awards for the most progress in Manx to Aerin Roberts and Tosh Teare of Queen Elizabeth II High School. Each received £50.

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