Updated: Aug 13, 2022
Precious Treasures International School student Roderick Munnings was voted top performer after six weeks of internship at Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort and Spa.
As a result, Munnings, who was assigned to the Kids Club, vaulted to becoming valedictorian at the graduation ceremony, held on Friday at the property.
His performance also landed him among an elite group of 14 ‘Shining Stars Interns’, picked from the 102 students who participated in the programme. This means that all members of that group would be welcome to return to the resort to work during school breaks.
The teen lauded Beaches for the experience afforded to him, telling the packed room that he had collected a wealth of knowledge over the period that would stay with him for the rest of his life. He also noted that during the six weeks of internship he had met individuals from across the globe daily and listened to the various stories that the children of guests had to tell.
General Manager, James McAnally, told the gathering that this year’s batch of interns was the best so far that had graced the resort since the inception of the programme. He reminded them that Beaches was committed to providing opportunities not just to interns, but after graduation, and urged them to become part of the hospitality industry.
Hon. Rachel Taylor, Minister of Education, told the students that the resort has a reputation of providing a solid foundation that would equip them for the world of work. Minister Taylor also reminded them that they should take what they had garnered over the period and apply them to future tasks, including studies.
She also reminded the students of the number of governmental educational opportunities, including the free tuition at the Turks and Caicos Islands Community College for Belongers and BOTC Citizens. She urged the students make the best of those opportunities.
Mr. Taylor also reminded the students to visit the government’s website to learn more about the scholarship programme and how they could become recipients.
Past Beaches Shining Star, Arielle Neely, who now works at Ministry of Education, told the students that the resort was her top reference whether applying for college or work, reminding them the named ‘Beaches Resort’ carries a great deal of weight.
Guest speaker, Julianna Musgrove, Learning and Development Manager at the resort, informed the interns of the litany of opportunities available across the 30 departments at the resort. She revealed that because of Beaches, she was able to travel to several destinations that the Sandals/Beaches chains of resorts are located, among them Antigua, The Bahamas and Jamaica.