Junior monarch feels on top of the academic world

Not only does Teri Williams-Niles know how to work her way to the top of the calypso world, the Queen’s College student also knows how to ride high in academia.

Williams-Niles, the current Junior Monarch, was today named by Minister of Education Ronald Jones as one 19 exhibition winners, much to her delight.

“I was very happy and nervous at the same time because nobody had called and I didn’t know my marks as yet,” she told Barbados TODAY of her reaction upon hearing the news.

Exhibition winner Teri Williams-Niles and her mother Harriet Williams.

For the young performer, this did not come easily. Having been involved in the calypso contest in the lead up to Crop Over, she worked hard at her craft, determined to emerge victorious.

At the same time, she had to find time to study for the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE), and managing the two was challenging, she said.   

“It was very hard because I had to write for other kids and my own songs, so it was kind of hard to juggle the Junior Monarch along with school.”

However, Williams-Niles already knew how to perform academically, having cultivated a habit of studying hard.

It was this approach that saw her excel in the Barbados Secondary Schools Entrance Examinations – otherwise known as the Common Entrance Exams – and this was the attitude that she took to CAPE.

“Studying for me was never a big issue. I was in the top ten in Common Entrance so I never found it hard,” she explained.

“The hardest thing would have been getting through the compulsory studies.”

Prior to today’s announcement, the 18-year-old was contemplating pursuing further education at home due to the cost.

However, with an exhibition, she can now travel to Trinidad to study accounting at the University of West Indies, St Augustine.

“The exhibition allowed me to go to St Augustine because I would have stayed here because it would have been less money that I would have to spend,” she said.

3 Responses to Junior monarch feels on top of the academic world

  1. Sonya Haynes
    Sonya Haynes August 22, 2017 at 5:25 am

    Congrats, hard work pays off eventually, keep focus, what a beautiful young lady

  2. Roslyn Bolden
    Roslyn Bolden August 22, 2017 at 6:04 am

    Congrats job well done

  3. F.A.Rudder August 22, 2017 at 10:42 am

    You did us all and your parents the best ! Thank you for your dedication to your academics and to our national culture with your musical talent. We all wish you well in your studies and have a great stay at St. Augustine’s campus UWI.


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