Trè’s path to success

Trè Hollingsworth is used to academic success, dating back to primary school.

As a ten-year-old student of Hillaby Turners Hall Primary, Hollingsworth wrote the Barbados Secondary Schools Entrance Examination – commonly referred to as the Common Entrance Examination – and was the only student from his primary school to secure a place at Queen’s College.

Janelle Trotman and Trè Hollingsworth (right) all smiles as they revel in the fact that Trè is a winner of a Barbados Scholarship.

Back then he was under the tutelage of Karen Best, now the Chief Education Officer, and was the valedictorian at the school’s graduation.

Hollingsworth was today named one of 26 Barbados Scholarship winners, after he scored all ones in the recent Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) in Accounting, Economics, Spanish, Caribbean Studies and Communication Studies.

Not only is he gifted academically, Hollingsworth is also an exceptional athlete, having participated in the National Primary School Athletic Championships and the Barbados Secondary School Athletic Championships.

He also is a member of Rising Stars Track Team, and represented Barbados at the recently held CARIFTA Games.

Asked how he balances sport and his academic life, the QC graduate said it was tough.

“It has really been very difficult . . . . It is largely in thanks to the support of my mum and all of my friends, and [my] coach as well. It has really been very difficult. When a lot of persons were taking off time, I in Upper Sixth increased my training.

“So, managing that, SBAs [school-based assessment projects], my training and travelling to CARIFTA have been very difficult, but I had the support system and that is what really got me through,” he explained.

Hollingsworth said while he was representing the country, the teachers at Queen’s College ensured that he had all the notes and exercises so he could keep up with his peers.

“Our teachers sent us emails and stuff and whatever notes we needed and kept us on top of the work. [The] exercise would be sent through email as it is the age of technology”, the CARIFTA athlete told Barbados TODAY.

His sporting success notwithstanding, Hollingsworth said he did not plan to pursue athletics as a career.

“I am still keeping with athletics and see how far I can go with athletics.  I like it as a sport and competing but not as a career,” he said.

Meantime, his mother, Janelle Trotman, was thrilled that her son was a scholarship recipient, even without having to take extra lessons.

She thanked the teachers at Queen’s College for the dedication to her son’s education during his seven years at the learning institution.

2 Responses to Trè’s path to success

  1. Sylvie August 22, 2017 at 9:10 am

    Congratulations Excellent work! Barbados Today the records show that Queens College produced the highest number of Scholarship and Exhibition wnners 2017 therefore Queens College and not Harrison College should be listed and mentioned first in your online edition.
    Thus a correction should be done immediately.
    I am a proud Queens College old scholar.

  2. Helicopter(8P) August 22, 2017 at 10:59 am

    Congrats Tre I may be past and gone but in God’s light” Keep the Central Bank’s lights burning bright. We need a future great economist. Best of things to come! Wishing you the best!


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