Liana DaCosta first made her mark at Clifton Hunter High School (CHHS) as deputy head girl and vice president of the Student Council. She excelled in sports and the arts, where she was appointed Captain of the Year 11 girls swim team and earned seven medals in the annual National Festival of the Arts. The Young Musician of the Year finalist was crowned Miss Teen Cayman Islands in 2016 and, in that same year, represented the Cayman Islands at the World Affairs Seminar in Wisconsin, USA.
On graduating from CHHS, Liana took home several awards, namely the Chatfield Shaw Trust Award for excellence in Music and the Academic Excellence awards for Outstanding Performances in Biology and English Language. She also placed in the top ten of her graduating class with high honours and 11 CXC passes.
She then studied A-Levels at Cayman Prep and High School (CPHS), graduating with the equivalent of a 4.0 GPA for her US university admission in 2018. She also volunteered on the school’s Student Council and participated in CPHS’s Science competition.
Liana recently graduated magna cum laude in December 2021 with a Biomedical Sciences degree from the University of South Florida (USF). She is well on her way to becoming a paediatrician and will be pursuing her Doctor of Medicine medical degree in due course.
Having maintained an impressive GPA, Liana was not only awarded a USF International Student Scholarship, but she was also a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success, which is considered one of the highest collegiate honours in the US.
Over the years, Liana has been actively involved with the local Meals on Wheels programme, Jasmine, the Cayman Islands Cancer Society, and the Leo Club of Grand Cayman.