March 23, 2017
/by Keva NE Newbold/Leave A Comment

Why Children should also be Awarded for their Talent, and not only for their Academic Achievements and Athletic Performances – How TUAC

All children have talent, each individual has their very own unique talent, and their talent is what they should be recognized and awarded for.
When talented children receive an award or recognition for their talent it gives them a positive impact on life. They tend to work harder and take that talent further by taking extra lessons to help enhance their talent.

Talented children know themselves well, have self-worth and have the skills needed to achieve their goal. By giving awards to talented children it would open the way for an increase level of accomplishment.


Talented Entertainer Extraordinaire Receive Recognitions and Awards
by Keva NE Newbold/March 22, 2017
Co-Writters: Apostle Dr. Clement L. Saunders and Janson e. 'dr. J' Saunders
*Clement Nathaniel "Piccalo Pete" Saunders and three of his children.
He received the Cacique Award at the age of 100 and also won the
Clement T. Maynard Cacique Lifetime Achievement Award
at the 16th Cacique Awards, on January 24th, 2015
in Nassau, Bahamas

My father the Entertainer Extraordinaire was a very talented man who began using his talent from a young boy. His talent helped him to receive lots of awards and recognitions up to the age of 102.

Clement Nathaniel “Piccalo Pete” Saunders was such a brilliant and talented musician, who began writing and singing songs from the age of 6. Throughout his young years all the way into his adult years he wrote songs and sang while playing his banjo (he named "the Piccalo") in front of an audience.
His songs expressed the culture, heritage and lifestyle of the people. They were songs about true-incidents that happened in his life (his experiences), the community, the country and places he went. 
When he first met a stranger he created a song about that person and instantly sang that song to the person right where they stood. Many Tourists loved and admired that about him.
As he grew his talent made him famous and allowed him to meet many distinguished celebrities, dignitaries and strangers of all walks of life.
Many of the recognitions, rewards and awards that Piccalo Pete received in the very last three years of his life, were well deserved.
Here are several of his recognitions and awards:
  1. Awarded the honour of Stalwart Counselor by The Right Hon. Lynden Oscar Pindling, First Black Prime Minister of the Bahamas.
  1. Clement Nathaniel ‘Piccalo Pete’ Saunders was chosen as the cultural ambassador, to represent The Bahamas and its musical folklore at the Smithsonian Institution in the summer of 1994, on the Mall at Washington D.C.
  1. Certificate of Appreciation for Festival of America Folkeslife 1994. The 28th Annual Festival of America Folkeslife in the Nation Mall in Washington, D.C. (1994).     
  1. His album ‘Bimini Nights’ is on display at the Smithsonian Institution Museum in Washington, D.C., USA (2002).  
  1. Bimini Nights album released 2002; (recorded at the Precious DeParis Club, Bimini, Bahamas).
  1. Award presented by Prime Minister Perry Gladstone Christie for: ‘Your Long Years of Outstanding Contribution towards the Building and Development of Our Culture.’ The 2nd Annual Feel The Rush Junkanoo Parade, Bimini Celebration Rush; August 26th, 2006 (C3 Seating Company Limited). 
  1. Lifetime Achievement Award and Our Hero Trophy presented by his children and the Saunders Family; November 7th, 2014.
  1. *The 16th Cacique Awards winning the Clement T. Maynard Cacique Lifetime Achievement Award January 24th, 2015. It was the greatest highlight of his life, a milestone. It is the highest award in The Bahamas, the most prestigious.  Upon revealing the news to Mr. Saunders he said, “I am very happy to receive this. God bless you all and thank you very much.”
  1. Received an official Proclamation document, whereas Prime Minister Perry G. Christie proclaimed the 5th of July, 2016 ‘Cultural Legends Day in the Bahamas.’
  1. Received an award at the 43rd Anniversary Independence Celebrations. A Ceremony Honouring 43 Cultural Legends July 5th, 2016. 
  1. Cement T. Maynard Lifetime Achievement Award at the 43rd Independence Celebrations, awarded by Bimini Independence Committee, July 9th, 2016.
  1. Received an award at the 19th Annual Nation Builder Awards Ceremony; November 29th, 2016.
Clement knew what his talent was. He had a great passion and love for singing and playing his banjo. He lived to be 102 and he was still singing and dancing in his hundreds. He was blessed to live long enough to receive the last 6 awards and recognitions given to him.

He truly died a very happy man.

Receiving recognitions and awards not only helps talented children to receive better grades, it also helps them to become happy, excited and willing to perform better.

It is not always just about going after the awards and recognitions­ but the love and desire for the talent your child has. Talent brings awards and recognitions not the other way around.



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