2020 recipient of the Mercedes Winkel Service Award; Catherine Ribeiro contributed to documenting history

WILLEMSTAD - Catherine Ribeiro (18) recently traveled to BROWN-University at Rhode Island in the U.S.A. to pursue the study of Environmental Science.

She graduated last year at the International School of Curaçao as the salutatorian: the student ranking average second highest over her High school-years and then delivers the salutatory-speech in her graduating class.

A special mention is that Catherine Ribeiro received the Mercedes Winkel Service Award for her assistance in the documenting of information for an historic book that will be published in the near future.

Her assistance in the documentation was the complete recording and helping with the manuscript.

This book will for sure be an interesting addition to document history in Curaçao because documentation of history is essential for the communication between then and now; for the understanding of how we got where we are today.

It is also the most valuable tool for conservation of knowledge and is definitely a communication tool for the public and specifically young people.

And all documented experiences will be priceless for humanity because by having the material to read and study gives us a better understanding of our communities, the world and humanity. And knowing history can let us understand why we are where we are today and why the community is the way it is.

The Mercedes Winkel Service Award is given to an individual who has provided significant and continuous service to the Curaçao community, beyond the classroom and even the school.

This special individual is always there to give support with a friendly smile and positive service attitude towards others. This individual understands the meaning of service and gives to others selflessly expecting no compensation in return. 

Catherine intends to continue with her extracurricular activities to get a broader view on challenges of the human environment.

Photo: Catherine Ribeiro on her graduation day with her parents and siblings.

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