18-year-old Vernelle Noel of Belmont Carriacou distinguished herself and her hometown by scoring first in her class in the field of Social Sciences for the entire Campus.
This earned her a place on the Honour Roll and also the special Award for Excellence in Social Science from the Grenada Development Bank together with an Award from Ades Dream Supermarket of Carriacou.
In an exclusive interview with the Grenada Informer, Ms. Noel revealed, “I feel so proud and want to thank God because He is my ALL, and once we depend on Him and put our faith in Him, He will never let us down! I want to thank all my family and teachers because without them I would not have made it; again I thank God.”
In speaking about the challenges studying in Carriacou brought to her, Ms Noel said, “It was a matter of dealing with time management; nothing good comes easy as we all know. School is not easy and as you progress higher in the education system you have to be dedicated and put more time and more hard work into your studies. Management is not something easy for youths to do nowadays, but once we set a schedule and just stick to it no matter what, we will always achieve excellence.” In speaking about her plans for the future, Vernelle said she plans to become a lawyer and do general law first and then maybe specialize in Corporate Law.
The youngest of 13 children, Ms. Noel attended Harvey Vale Government School and obtained 6 ones and 2 distinctions at CXC.
The second student who excelled from Carriacou is Mrs. Nickian Alexander, also an honour student. A wife, mother and a full-time employee of Nadma Carriacou office, her studies along with a 10-year-old son and 14-year-old daughter forced her to juggle her schedule to afford quality time with her family. According to Mrs. Alexander, ”midnight was my day so I had little sleep, but it is all worth it in the end” while holding up her award. Nickian continued, ”It is an honour to excel for Carriacou. For the past 2 years it was a trying journey but with every success there are trials and errors, but hard work always pays off in the end. The whole exercise was mind-provoking and it was a tremendous accomplishment for me because I persevered to the end and I am now a positive role model for my children”. Mrs. Alexander, who is originally from Grenada and lives at Limliar, was a part-time student, and her advice to others is, “do it for your self advancement and to uplift yourself because it is only in certain parts of the Caribbean we limit ourselves.” In speaking more personally about her detractors, Mrs. Alexander said, “I had a lot of those, telling me I was married and had a family and things like that but I put all that talk behind me and today I am justified.”