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Crying time for Aaliyah

Screams emerging from the Fernihurst, Black Rock, St Michael home of Suzanne Smith, sent neighbours into a panic this afternoon.

But fears soon turned to happiness, as they realized that Suzanne’s long, loud emotional sounds were shouts of jubilation after learning that her daughter Aaliyah Alleyne-Smith had secured a Barbados Scholarship.

And the excitement seemed too much for the mother.

Barbados Scholarship winner Aaliyah Alleyne-Smith with her mother  Suzanne Smith.

Barbados Scholarship winner Aaliyah Alleyne-Smith with her mother
Suzanne Smith.

“The neighbours had to help carry her up the stairs and give her Alcolado because she wasn’t able to climb the stairs by herself,” Aaliyah, a student of Harrison College, explained.

But once settled, the two hugged and cried, obviously overwhelmed by emotion upon learning that the family now had its first Barbados scholar.

“We had a crying session, because this was something I worked really hard towards. We were both on a diet, but we broke that by eating cupcakes and [drinking] wine after,” the former Erdiston Primary student told Barbados TODAY, while breaking out in laughter.

She said her father Junior Alleyne was also excited, and had promised to take her to lunch.

The 18-year-old received Grade 1 in all eight of her subjects – Pure Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry which appeared in unit one and two, as well as the two compulsory subjects, Communications studies and Caribbean studies.

She said it was a dream come true for her to be able to attend the University of Waterloo in Toronto, Canada, where she will major in Actuarial Science.

“I really needed this scholarship because I knew university fees for foreign students were very expensive. I put in a lot of hard work to achieve this and right now I am just so excited.”

Her mother also revealed that once in Canada, they would be having a family reunion to celebrate her daughter’s achievement.

14 Responses to Crying time for Aaliyah

  1. Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
    Cherylann Bourne-Hayes August 14, 2015 at 6:47 am

    Congrats and a great major 🙂

  2. Princess Neferua
    Princess Neferua August 14, 2015 at 6:52 am

    ..Congrats dear..this is your time..keep focus on your dreams..With GOD help…keep climbing onward and upward….

  3. Michael Crichlow
    Michael Crichlow August 14, 2015 at 6:58 am

    A pleasent change from the norm…a breath of fresh air

  4. Rawle Maycock
    Rawle Maycock August 14, 2015 at 7:01 am


  5. Wendy Stewart
    Wendy Stewart August 14, 2015 at 7:20 am

    Congratulations for a job done well, continue to study hard and the blessing will continue to flow!

  6. Baj Beau
    Baj Beau August 14, 2015 at 7:27 am

    Congratulations to Suzanne and Aaliyah. You both worked hard as a mother-daughter team. I am extremely happy for you. Fantastic news!!!!

  7. Randolph Sobers
    Randolph Sobers August 14, 2015 at 7:48 am


  8. Yogi Ni August 14, 2015 at 8:20 am

    Well done young lady, keep your focus . All the best to you in your future endeavors. I know and understand how your mom felt.

  9. Donna August 14, 2015 at 8:35 am

    Thank God! Actuarial Science not medicine!

  10. K Tremaine Gilkes
    K Tremaine Gilkes August 14, 2015 at 8:48 am

    Congratulations to this young lady. The journey begins now.

    To Barbados Today, University of Waterloo is not in Toronto, its in Waterloo. Same country different city.

  11. Alex Alleyne August 14, 2015 at 9:11 am

    Great news. Wishing you all the best. Remember this is just the beginning of your journey .

  12. Marsha Armstrong August 14, 2015 at 10:04 am

    Congrats to the young lady… we do need people in this chosen field of study.. all the best to you and remember to give back to your country on completion of your studies!!! Travel safe and may god continue to richly bless you.

  13. Patty August 14, 2015 at 11:37 am

    Congrats and blessings on your life!

  14. Beverley Hunte-Springer
    Beverley Hunte-Springer August 14, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    Well done Aaliyah, keep reaching for the stars.


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