Clarke had a dream

This has been a long time in coming for Kamar Clarke, one of 26 students announced today as winners of the prestigious Barbados Scholarship.

Clarke scored all grade ones in this year’s Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE), to realize a dream which he had from his first day at Queen’s College (QC).

However, to ensure his dream would come true, Clarke got down to work and never took his eye off the goal.

Scholarship winner Kamar Clarke

“I was preparing for this from the time I stepped foot into QC’s gate. I had a goal in mind and worked consistently over the years,” the proud student told Barbados TODAY.

He said as proud as he is of his achievements, his parents are happier still, having prayed for a long time for this outcome.

Even then, he put in the effort to complement his parents’ prayers.

“It’s not something that I woke up two months before the exam . . . it was a mindset that you had to work throughout the year building on a foundation,” Clarke stated, going on to admit that he was not gifted academically.

Based on his experience, he had some wise words for those who wish to become Barbados scholars, advising that they must have a burning hunger within, and must never waver. “Never put yourself down, never think that you can’t do it. It is a mindset that you have to have. You have to set a goal and be hungry for it and once you have that vision there can  . . . [be no stopping] you. And put God first and he will do the rest,” Clarke said.

Meanwhile, Brittany Gibbons, one of two exhibition winners from  the Barbados Community College, the other being Cara Cumberbatch, fell just shy of the required 4.0 grade point average (GPA) to qualify for a scholarship.

Exhibition winner Brittany Gibbons (right) and her mum Esther Gibbons.

However, after amassing an impressive 3.969 GPA with 93 credits, the former Queen’s College students was pleased.

“I was happy. I wasn’t surprised because I knew that my grades were good, so I expected to be an awardee,” Cumberbatch said.

Harrison College and Queen’s College combined to secure all 26 scholarships and all but three of the exhibitions, with Christ Church Foundation securing one exhibition.

2 Responses to Clarke had a dream

  1. Helicopter(8P) August 22, 2017 at 10:29 am

    My greatest of congratulation to you all! You are the future keepers of Barbados and we wish that other young men and women follow your footsteps in bringing about an educated and violence free Barbados through your good moral interaction. Once again congratulations and God Bless!

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  2. Kathy Ann August 23, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    Congrats Kamar proud of u

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