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Sea Turtle Monitoring Network Receives Recognition by the St. Kitts National Youth Parliament Association

09/24/10

Members of the St. Kitts National Youth Parliament Association and St. Kitts Sea Turtle Monitoring Network at the Appreciation Ceremony on September 19th, 2010.

Members of the St. Kitts National Youth Parliament Association and St. Kitts Sea Turtle Monitoring Network at the Appreciation Ceremony on September 19th, 2010.

September 24, 2010—Basseterre, St. Kitts—The St. Kitts Sea Turtle Monitoring Network—directed by Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine alumna and assistant professor, Kimberly Stewart, DVM ’06—received a 2010 Appreciation Award from the St. Kitts National Youth Parliament Association (SKNYPA). The award, presented during the Association’s Appreciation Tea and Awards Ceremony on September 19th, recognizes organizations that are positively impacting the lives of youth and society in St. Kitts.

“The St. Kitts Sea Turtle Monitoring Network is proud to be recognized by the Youth Parliament Association,” said Stewart. “This award is especially significant, as the youth of St. Kitts are critical to the success of our programs and our efforts in educating the community about the importance of sea turtles to the country’s ecosystem and economy.”

Stewart and 12 volunteers for the Sea Turtle Monitoring Network accepted the award on the organization’s behalf. The St. Kitts Red Cross and the United States Peace Corps also received awards from the organization. The SKNYPA held the awards ceremony in celebration of its ninth anniversary of the Association’s involvement in the Federation. The theme for the anniversary celebrations and activities, which will continue throughout September, is “Our Year – Our Voice: Using Today’s Challenges to Open Tomorrow’s Doors,” which encourages youth involvement in nation building and promotes dialogue surrounding national challenges in the country. The awards ceremony included talented performances from local vocalists, musicians, dancers, and poets.

The St. Kitts Sea Turtle Monitoring Network was founded in 2003 as a community-based nonprofit organization that focuses on the monitoring of nesting sea turtle populations and acts as an advocate for the strengthening of sea turtle protection laws. The organization has partnerships with various organizations throughout St. Kitts and the world. In 2009, the St. Kitts Sea Turtle Monitoring Network won the St. Kitts National Tourism Award for being the most eco-friendly business in the Federation.

About Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine
Ross University is a provider of medical and veterinary education, offering doctor of medicine and doctor of veterinary medicine degree programs. Founded in 1982 and located in St. Kitts, the School of Veterinary Medicine is affiliated with 22 AVMA-accredited US veterinary schools where students complete their clinical year. The University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital is the only facility outside the US and Canada accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association. Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine is committed to improving the well-being of people and animals in the St. Kitts and Nevis community through service, education and research.

For more information about Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, visit www.RossU.edu.

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