Closer to her dream
Eighteen-year-old Stephie Agard is one step closer to achieving her dream of becoming a sports physician.
The “excited” former Harrison College student told Barbados TODAY tonight that finding out she was one of the island’s 2015 scholarship winners meant she would be heading to the University of the West Indies to begin studies in medicine.
Agard achieved Grade One in eight subjects in the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) – Biology 1 and 2, Chemistry 1 and 2, Pure Mathematics 1 and 2, Communication Studies and Caribbean Studies.
“I feel excited but still kind of surprised. But I am very happy that all of the hard work paid off. I was at work and at lunch and I was in a group chat on Whatsapp with my friends when they told me that the results are out and they said to go and check now,” the former Harrison College deputy head girl told Barbados TODAY.
“And then when I checked I was holding my breath, and then when I found out I got up, left my food there on the table and I went back to my office and I called my mom, and I called my dad.”
She said her parents, Stephanie Reece and Byron Agard, were also overjoyed when they got the good news.
The young Agard was not always as confident about securing a scholarship, particularly following the Mathematics Paper 2 examination. She told Barbados TODAY she wasn’t satisfied with her performance in that exam and was upset for the following three days.
“But I had to tell myself that I have to keep pushing if I want to do well in the multiple choice of the mathematics examination.
“And I pulled myself together and went for lessons even though I didn’t want to go. I practiced and I guess it all worked out,” she explained.
Agard thanked everyone who she said contributed to her success – her parents, teachers, friends who believed in her when she had no faith in herself, and God, who she looked to in times of uncertainty.
The scholar was also captain of Harrison College’s netball team, a member of the basketball team and a member of the Key Club.
She was also head manager in charge of athletes at interschool sports this year.