On Saturday, 11 February, CedarBridge Academy was named the overall winner of the third annual
Butterfield Student Challenge competition held at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess. CedarBridge was also
the recipient of the coveted People’s Choice Award.
Teams of four students from six participating high schools—The Berkeley Institute, Bermuda High School,
Bermuda Institute, CedarBridge Academy, Saltus Grammar School, and Warwick Academy —took on
selected case studies, acting as consultants for fictitious local companies requiring financial advice and
products. Each team presented its solution to a packed house of over 400 people and a panel of
distinguished judges: The Honourable Dame Jennifer Smith, Minister of Education; Brad Kopp, Butterfield
President & CEO; Lori Baker-Lloyd, Vice President Human Resources, Butterfield Global Programmes;
Duranda Greene, President of Bermuda College; Bruce Barritt, General Manager of John Barritt & Son
Ltd.; and Jamillah Lodge, Business Development Officer, The Bermuda Economic Development
The competition was organised by Butterfield’s Management Trainees. Each team was supported by
Butterfield mentors and school representatives. In addition to a live presentation, each team was
required to produce a detailed financial plan.
The three finalists were:
Third Place: Saltus Grammar School
(Butterfield Executive Mentor, Lydia Saraiva, AVP Retail Banking and Peer Mentor Kondwani Williams,
Control Analyst, Compliance, Saltus Mentor, Ms. Nicole Chichon)
Second Place and the School Attendance Award: Berkeley Institute;
(Butterfield Executive Mentor, Renee Ming, AVP, Corporate Banking, Peer Mentor, Ebony Fray, Berkeley
Mentors, Ms. Dawn Nicholls-Marshall and Ms. Lenice Reynolds-Dyer)
First Place and People’s Choice Award: CedarBridge Academy
Rodneyka Browne-Evans Freeman
(Butterfield Executive Mentor, Daniel Reece, Head of Bermuda Compliance and Peer Mentor, Sharmaine
Landy, CedarBridge Academy Mentors Mr. Dean Foggo and Ms. Shervelle Burch)
Mr. Kopp said Butterfield was extremely proud to, once again, be the sole sponsor and organiser of this
popular community event.
Mr. Kopp said. "Through the Student Challenge, we are able to give the young people involved the
opportunity to work together in teams, network with senior business people and apply their creativity and
knowledge to real-world business issues. It’s a unique experience, and an investment that we strongly
believe will help shape the future leaders of Bermuda’s business community."
Mr. Kopp added, "I would like to congratulate everyone who was involved in this year’s competition—
from the mentors and judges, to the coordinators both at the schools and within the Bank, and especially
the students themselves, who impressed everyone with their hard work."
The Honourable Dame Jennifer Smith said, "The Butterfield Student Challenge demonstrates that when
we expect the best from our students, we get the best. Students were challenged to be creative, to think
strategically and at the same time to offer practical solutions to real life problems. The presentations
delivered by the students were most impressive and a true testament to the quality of the education they
have received. I expect great things from all of the participants and I thank Butterfield and all of those
involved for organising the competition."
The winning teams received monetary awards totalling $8,500 to be used for future education expenses.
A recording of the 11 February 2012 competition will be broadcast on CITV in March.