Kyle Griffith is proud to be first
For Kyle Griffith, winning a 2015 Barbados Scholarship was not only an academic success, but also relief that his parents will not have to fork out thousands of dollars to pay university fees.
The Harrison College student scored eight Grade ones in the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE), becoming the first member of his family to become a Barbadian scholar.
Griffith, of Cane Garden, St Thomas scored top marks in Biology Units 1 and 2, Chemistry Units 1 and 2, Physics Units 1 and 2, Caribbean Studies and Communication Studies.
“I am elated and relieved. I was at home alone when I found out and first thing I did was to call my mother [Neko Griffith] at work. I spent the next ten minutes on the phone listening to her cry because she couldn’t respond.
“I waited there because I know she really wanted this for me, because she made sure I put in a lot of hard work. She was my backbone and my main support, and doing this was for her as much as it is for me,” a happy Griffith told Barbados TODAY.
Describing himself as a deep thinker, Griffith said tuition fees would have been a burden on his family, so he wanted to ease that strain.
“My mother and father [Deighton Smith] were adamant that they were willing to pay my fees, but I still felt a little guilty because it is so much money for tuition.
“So by doing this I am giving back to my family because they sacrificed so much for me over the years. Being able to do something that has not been done in my family before is also a good feeling,’’ he said.
Griffith plans to study medicine at St Georges University in Grenada.
He thanked his grandmother, Granny Sobers, who laid the foundation for his education by teaching him to read before he started primary school at Wilkie Cumberbatch, and also taught him multiplication tables.
“I also want to thank all the teachers who gave me the best education, and my family for their emotional support,” he said.
Outside of the classroom Griffith was also a member of Harrison College Key Club, and competed in swimming before coaching others in the pool.