At 12 years old, Moriah Praise Padua is the youngest of this year’s Proud of Them awardees, but no less deserving than her peers of her award. In the short time she has been at John Gray High School, Moriah has already gained a number of noteworthy accolades, including Certificates of Award in Best Report, Outstanding Attitude Towards Learning and Academic Achievement.
Her dedication to excel in class has made a positive impact on her peers and she takes it upon herself to help those who need more assistance in their learning. In particular, her teachers have noted how well she transitioned from in-class to online learning during the Coronavirus lockdown this year, highlighting how remarkably well she demonstrated her ability to adjust to a challenging situation, making her a positive all-round model for other students.
Moriah is also extremely community-minded, having also been awarded her school’s Volunteer Services Award in recognition of the commitment and dedication she showed to the community through volunteering. This award, as well as her Academic Achievement award, was given to her at the World Imperial Beauties Pageant where she was crowned Miss International Cover Model and Miss World Rising Star in 2019.
Moriah has helped to raise money for a good many local charities, including Meals on Wheels, the Cayman Islands Cancer Society and Alzheimer’s and Dementia associations.
Last year, in addition to donating to Caribbean Alliance Insurance’s ‘Stuff the Bus’ school supply drive, she donated books to her former school, Red Bay Primary School, for her twelfth birthday.
An outstanding leader and great mentor to her peers, Moriah encourages others to also get involved and perform to their best at all times.