IMA give 200 students HYPE Agendas


PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — Standing firm on their belief that education is the key to a brighter future;  the Indian Merchants Association (IMA) have proudly sponsored HYPE Agendas 2015-2016 for 200 of high school students in the country.

The IMA sponsored Agendas were distributed to students, who were in need of Agendas. The students were eagerly awaiting the publication so that they can use them to plan and schedule their school work in the just-started academic year.

Student writers from several of the high schools, who were involved in compiling the articles in the agenda, presented copies of the agenda to representatives of IMA’s board last week Friday, September 3, 2015.

HYPE Coordinator Zulayka Peterson said the coordinators of the product are extremely grateful and thankful to the IMA board members for recognising the need to support the education of students in St. Maarten by providing students with a product that can help make their lives easier in school.

“Because of the Indian Merchants Association, our future leaders now have a useful product to use to help keep them better organised throughout the school year,” Peterson said. “Thanks to the IMA, these students also now have easy access to a number of useful information about education and about local home grown role models as well as local heroes and heroines to inspire them along their educational journey.”

“It is also always admirable and commendable to see businesses and organisations in the country support a local product,” she added.

The HYPE Agenda 2015 – 2016 is themed: “The journey travelled to achieve one’s goals.” This is the fifth edition of the Agenda, which was produced by a team that included a group of energetic students from the various high schools in St. Maarten, who wrote most of the enlightening articles and profiles that appear in the Agenda.

Numerous young and adult role models from right here in St. Maarten as well as from Saba, St. Eustatius and internationally are featured throughout the Agenda, including our past and present national heroes.

Peterson said now that many of the Agendas produced for this year is in the hands of students; work will soon start for the production of the 2016-2017 Agendas.

HYPE Agenda student writer Yshamel Hermoso from Learning Unlimited Preparatory School presents a copy of the HYPE Agenda to Sidharth Bijlani-Cookie, while representatives of the IMA board Navin Nandwani and Suresh Mirchandani and other HYPE student writers look on.