The Caring Heart Award for Christian Service was established to recognize students attending Adventist academies who have “demonstrated a personal commitment to active participatory service and witnessing activities and programs.” Congratulations to the seven students who are the 2021 Caring Heart Award recipients.
Angel Seaman is a senior at Bermuda Institute (B.I.) and has been attending since kindergarten. She has always been a gentle and kind spirit who endeared herself to her teachers and fellow students. Her active participation in class discussions and activities opens doors of understanding for others who may be more reserved. She was selected as Head Girl this year. In her high school career, she served as prefect; Student Association secretary, vice president, and social vice president; class vice president, class treasurer, house captain, class president, and more. She has received several awards from her school, church, and the community at large. The awards include the Worthy Student Award, Police Commissioner’s Vision Award in 2015 and 2016, second place in the Biz Start-up Challenge, and Courtesy Queen.
Angel is also involved in her church. In 2017, she was selected as the Pathfinder of the Year. Angel finds time to give to her community. She is active with the Bermuda Institute Silent Praise, a group of young people who travel around the island sharing their love of Jesus through sign language. She is a member of the Steel Pan Band, the Rotary Club, Youth Parliament, and she recently earned the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Level. She also participates in sports, such as volleyball and tennis. She is a certified sailor and scuba diver. She has an innate ability to see a need and take the necessary steps to assist without any prompting. She is an active member of the B.I. Leaders’ Charity, a school association that encourages leaders to make a difference in the school community and beyond. She always takes a leadership role in getting her peers involved in the annual joint community project “Dollars for Hours Initiative,” a collaboration with a local company, PartnerRe Bermuda, that connects with local high schools and the community in service.
Greater New York Academy
Victor Sepulveda is a senior at Greater New York Academy. He is a product of Seventh-day Adventist Christian education. He is a member of the Broadway church, where he has served on the Adventist Youth Praise Team, in the Teen Leadership Program, as an AY staff member, and in the Pathfinder club. He works with middle school at-risk children throughout Bronx, New York. Victor mentors them while he teaches them how to play, participate, and be a part of a drumline. Victor currently volunteers in the neurology department at the New York-Presbyterian Columbia University Irving Medical Center in Washington Heights. Victor is involved in his community and he is a leader at school. He has served as sergeant-of-arms for his class, as praise team leader for chapels, as leader of compassion ministries for the Religion department, and as video/newspaper editor for the Spotlight News. He has participated in various outreach events, including “Impact Woodside,” holiday visit/caroling for cancer patient’s at a major hospital (an activity that he initiated), and student nursing home visitations for the elderly. He was a key member of the school choir—singing at various churches and conventions. He was also a member of the specialized “Bronx ministry team” at GNYA. He aspires to be a nurse practitioner and wants to work in the emergency department (trauma center).
Leondrae’ Tyrese Brown (Ty) is a senior at Northeastern Academy, where he has been since 2019. From an early age, he has had a passion for art—drawing and music. His creativity and genuine personality shine throughout his artwork. He is dedicated to creating art and displays a high level of patience when working to ensure that his pieces are done to perfection. Leondrae’ is involved with the Northeastern Academy Choir, Mt. Sinai church praise team—Believers in Christ Church Choir, and the Mt. Sinai church basketball team. He also plays the keyboard in his leisure time and is an entrepreneur who sells customized shoes. He is passionate about ministering to others through singing and preaching. He is polite, courteous, empathetic toward others, and is quick to help those in need. He is intelligent, respectful, affectionate, loving, and kind. He has a mind of his own and knows what he wants to pursue in life. He is preparing to pursue his dream of studying animation at Southern Adventist University and he intends to continue to be an entrepreneur.
Pine Tree Academy
Regence Sandy is a senior at Pine Tree Academy (PTA). Regence is a great example of a student who demonstrates Christian service and servant leadership. Faculty members and students recognize her positive leadership at school. She has multiple recognitions for the PTA positivity award and led out in a school positivity campaign. She is also a self-motivated, student-friendliness ambassador. Regence has been active over the years in her Freeport, Maine, church activities, such as keeping the church clean and leading out in music on a monthly basis. She has played a role in the “Greatest Gift,” one of the largest conference evangelistic outreach programs during Christmastime. She is also active in NOW PTA worldwide, doing online evangelism. Regence plans to participate in a mission trip. PTA recognizes her for hard work, energy, dedication to service, positive leadership at school, and commitment to Adventist Christian education.
South Brooklyn Academy
Sanai Brittania Barrett is a senior at South Brooklyn Academy. Immigrating to the U.S. and attending an Adventist institution has helped mold her character into becoming a humanitarian. Three things that she is certain about are her hunger for learning, her mission of making a significant impact in the lives of others, and having a good relationship with God. Capturing a special moment for the school with her camera, assisting an elderly church sister with her bags, or sharing lunch with a friend who is without food are some of the memories she treasures. She knows that helping in these small ways is a part of her mission as a Christian. With God as the center of her life, she hopes to leave a mark of kindness and share herself with others.
South Lancaster Academy
Miguel Iria is a senior at South Lancaster Academy and has been involved in the school’s student ministry program all four years. He has dedicated much of his time during the school year and summer vacations to helping around campus. He has volunteered countless hours to campus improvement projects and to helping staff and teachers. He is a compassionate, loving, friendly, trustworthy, and thoughtful student. He has a strong work ethic, is always looking for the opportunity to help, and takes the initiative to be a leader for many projects on- and off-campus. He is someone you can always count on when you need to get the job done.
Joseph Htoo is a senior at Union Springs Academy. From the beginning, he has been heavily involved in all aspects of campus life. Joseph’s interest and leadership in the Campus Ministries department have grown exponentially. As a student leader, he has helped put on Christ in Focus weeks, taught the student Sabbath School, served on several mission trips, and served as a resident assistant in the boys’ dorm. He has gone on ministry and recruiting trips and has been instrumental in bringing many new students to Union Springs Academy. Joseph has been someone whom both the staff and students can rely on and look to for help and inspiration. His presence has positively affected the atmosphere. His future plans include going into the ministry.