A dream come true for Khalia

Passing for Harrison College was no surprise for 11-year-old Khalia Went. The Christ Church Girl’s School student has been dreaming about entering through the gates of the Crumpton Street, St Michael school since the age of three.

With 89 per cent in English, 94 in Mathematics and an A in Composition, Khalia is one step closer of achieving her goal to own her own bakery as she enters secondary school in September. When

When Khalia found out her results Wednesday she was flabbergasted but expectant.  From an early age, Went could be found doing mathematical calculations before she went to sleep, this greatly helped the student who impressed her family and her teachers with her results.

“Every night I had to get work . . . I would get at least ten sums before I to go to sleep,” Khalia informed Barbados TODAY.

Khalia, the daughter of Kelly-Ann Welch who was killed in the 2010 Campus Trendz blaze, was only four years old when she lost her mother.  However, she received encouragement and support from her grandmother and cousins, which strengthened her resolve to be Harrison College bound.

A proud Principal Sharon Knight with Khalia Went

While others around her remained doubtful, the 11–year–old was sure of her success.

“Sometimes how I worked I wasn’t as focused as I should have been so no one was looking for me to get that high, and I myself did not want to put my hopes that high, so when everyone was asking me where I wanted to go I was telling them St Michael’s and not Harrison College,” the top student explained.

The Green Stars cheerleader had some words of advice for those who under estimated her.

“Don’t judge anyone by what they do but wait until the results come back and judge them by what they have done and congratulate them when they get back their results.”

33 Responses to A dream come true for Khalia

  1. Cynthia Bee
    Cynthia Bee June 10, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    Wonderful. I am sure Mummy was looking down and making sure Granny and Cousins had all the encouragement ,, God is Good. This is the beginning of another Journey Stay focused , everything would be ok ,,, Congratulations !!!!

  2. Ijoyuss Love Peace
    Ijoyuss Love Peace June 10, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    Congratulations khalia

  3. Carmela Charles
    Carmela Charles June 10, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    Congratulatons Khalia. It show you can rise above your challenges. Your guardian Angel Mom has been there with you all this time.

  4. Sharon Small
    Sharon Small June 10, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    Congrats khalia

  5. Renee Bentham June 10, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    So proud of u boo, kels she is in gud hands don’t worry, she will continue to make glen n rohan proud n ik u will keep shinning down on her…. Continue to rip my love

  6. Jedadiah Shonell Guy
    Jedadiah Shonell Guy June 10, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    Congratulations Khalia!!

  7. Sylvia Chapman
    Sylvia Chapman June 10, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    Congrats so proud of you keep on working well

  8. Catherine Jones
    Catherine Jones June 10, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    Amen happy for you

  9. Maria Jones
    Maria Jones June 10, 2017 at 2:01 pm


  10. Maria Agard
    Maria Agard June 10, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    Congratulations Khalia. Proud of you.

  11. Swinda Abram Gumbs Cocks
    Swinda Abram Gumbs Cocks June 10, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    Congrats. You has made your mom proud. She is looking down smiling. The sky is the limit. Strive for the best

  12. Yvette Alleyne
    Yvette Alleyne June 10, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    Congrats young lady

  13. Yvette Alleyne
    Yvette Alleyne June 10, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    This story is really a feel good and happy story because of who she is. It brought tears to my eyes. So happy for you Khalia.

  14. Pamela Reid
    Pamela Reid June 10, 2017 at 3:02 pm


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    Ah'sila Kennedy Cambridge-Blackman June 10, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    Kels in print…congratulations Kelly-ann Welch

  16. Cheryl Onita
    Cheryl Onita June 10, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    Congrats to u ur mom is smiling down on u keep ur faith in God and he will see u accomplish ur goal

  17. Shakeena Gittens
    Shakeena Gittens June 10, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    Congrats babygirl #proudmuch#

  18. Janelle Wickham
    Janelle Wickham June 10, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    Sweet!! How inspirational, great work granny and to all the cousins who played their part as well.And to all others who helped to shape this young mind,job well done.Keep doing well your mum will be watching over you all the way,feeling so proud.

  19. Kaie Cox
    Kaie Cox June 10, 2017 at 4:38 pm


  20. Ingrid Bynoe
    Ingrid Bynoe June 10, 2017 at 5:15 pm


  21. Beverley Bellamy
    Beverley Bellamy June 10, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    Wonderful Khalia. Congratulations.

  22. Pat BB
    Pat BB June 10, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    Congrats young lady!!

  23. Anita Jackman
    Anita Jackman June 10, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    Congrat khalia

  24. Sonia Arris
    Sonia Arris June 10, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    Good job congratulations keep up the good work

  25. Neesha Olivia Wooding
    Neesha Olivia Wooding June 10, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    Kelly would be soooo proud! Congratulations sweetie.

  26. Andrea Atkins
    Andrea Atkins June 10, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    Congrats and all the best for your future Khalia. Stay focused and you will always do well.

  27. Shanna Ward
    Shanna Ward June 10, 2017 at 8:34 pm

    Kelly would be so proud of u …congrats hun

  28. Rosalind Eastmond
    Rosalind Eastmond June 10, 2017 at 8:41 pm

    Congrats .

  29. Diana June 11, 2017 at 8:15 am

    Well done!

  30. Puresweetnezz June 11, 2017 at 9:17 am

    All then best young star

  31. Keisha-Ann Evelyn June 12, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    Congratulations Khalia continue to strive for the best and your dreams of owning your own bakery will come true, remember your mum Kelly-Ann Welch is watching over you and I know she is very proud of you. S.I.P Kelly

  32. Wayne Morris Gittens June 13, 2017 at 10:54 am

    You are awesome Khalia. We are all so proud of you.

  33. Sandra Coppin June 14, 2017 at 9:53 am

    Congrats on a job well done we’re all proud of u I kno mummy is to she’s always looking out for u from heaven keep up d good work n stay focused as u enter your new school come September


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