Ex­cel­sior bright spark wants to em­power women

Jamaica Gleaner - - SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH COUNCIL - Shanna Mon­teith Gleaner Writer ru­ral@glean­erjm.com

MO­RANT BAY, St Thomas: WITH THE goal of em­pow­er­ing women in her com­mu­nity, Cher­ri­anne Scott works tire­lessly to en­sure that her life is a tes­ta­ment of the pos­si­bil­i­ties of suc­cess.

Orig­i­nally from the York com­mu­nity in St Thomas, Scott beams among the bright­est stars at the Ex­cel­sior Com­mu­nity Col­lege.

The 22-year-old was be­yond willing to share her dreams for women who feel dis­cour­aged with Ru­ral Xpress.

“We pro­claim that our so­ci­ety is more mod­ernised, but the re­al­ity is there are still some women who are taken for granted and are forced to stay on the side­lines.

“I must say that I ad­mire our pre­vi­ous prime min­is­ter, Por­tia Simp­son Miller, as a wo­man at the fore­front mainly be­cause she is con­stantly be­ing ridiculed, not for her lead­er­ship, but as a wo­man. Yet, she never al­low that to de­ter her from be­ing where she is to­day.

“As a young lady who have been lay­ing a foun­da­tion to­wards a suc­cess­ful fu­ture, I be­lieve that I too can be an in­spi­ra­tion for oth­ers who have had a rough start by show­ing them that ev­ery­one can achieve some­thing in life, no mat­ter what the cir­cum­stances are. Once you put your mind to it, you can achieve it,” she said.

Scott is cur­rently in her third year pur­su­ing a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in tourism and hos­pi­tal­ity man­age­ment with the hope of Cher­ri­anne Scott with two of her many awards.

one day se­cur­ing a highly chal­leng­ing po­si­tion in the in­dus­try.

Fu­elled by a need to es­cape the un­favourable cir­cum­stances in which she was grown, the young wo­man has been cop­ping awards since her years at the St Thomas Tech­ni­cal High School.

SPE­CIAL FRIEND

“Grow­ing up, even though I had a lot of per­sons who en­sured I was go­ing on the right path, there was just some­thing that would al­ways af­fect me and that is the life of my par­ents. It wasn’t very ap­peal­ing, so I wanted to make a dif­fer­ence for my­self.

“Luck­ily, I have a very spe­cial friend that is al­ways there to en­cour­age and to sup­port me in all my en­deav­ours.

“I was al­ways a fast learner and have al­ways done ex­tremely well. In high school, I re­ceived the Ja­maica As­so­ci­a­tion of Prin­ci­pals of Sec­ondary School first place na­tion­ally for the French CCSLC ex­am­i­na­tion in 2011 and, de­spite many chal­lenges, I man­aged to be on the hon­our roll through­out my high­school ten­ure,” Scott told Ru­ral Xpress

She added: “I was awarded the Gov­er­nor Gen­eral’s IBI Tourism and Hos­pi­tal­ity Schol­ar­ship in 2015. It’s a full schol­ar­ship that cov­ers my tu­ition for all four years at the school, and in that same year I re­ceived the Ex­cel­sior Com­mu­nity Col­lege Prin­ci­pal’s Award.”

The scholar re­cently re­ceived the high­est-ranked hon­our at the in­sti­tu­tion – the Chair­man’s Award and the Most Out­stand­ing Stu­dent Award in the pro­gramme in which she is reg­is­tered.

“Ev­ery­one is the au­thor of their own story. For some, things may come nat­u­rally, but I am one of those who seek to per­se­vere. I wasn’t al­ways the bright­est and I am still not, but through hard work, ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment to my­self, I’m on the verge of em­pow­er­ing fe­males and transforming lives. I want to make a dif­fer­ence not only for my­self, but also to be an in­spi­ra­tion for oth­ers.

“Just the thought of ac­com­plish­ing some­thing that oth­ers may see they too can achieve what­ever it is they put their mind to is a big driv­ing force for me.”

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