Chee-A-Tow has QEH on her mind

Clementine Forter Chee-A-Tow had been drawn to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, giving of her time to the health institution when she could easily be out enjoying her teenage years.

Now that she is a Barbados Scholarship recipient, Chee-A-Tow is hoping that in the not too distant future she will be back at the QEH, but no longer as a volunteer.

Clementine Forter Chee-A-Tow, Scholarship Winner for Harrison College

The Harrison College (HC) graduate, one of 11 HC students to be awarded Barbados Scholarships, was discovering from dental surgery when Minister of Education Ronald Jones made the announcement yesterday.

She plans to study medicine at the Cave Hill campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI).

“I have always loved sciences and for the past couple of years I have volunteered at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and that fuelled my desire to study medicine,” she said.

It is the same discipline that exhibitor Simone Jean-Marie will pursue, but at UWI’s Mona campus in Jamaica.

The young Jean-Marie has been described by her parents, David and Flo Jean-Marie as a “determined child”, an apt description of the student who, having attained a grade two in Communications Studies last year, set out to “get all ones when I got into Upper Sixth so I would get the exhibition”.

A beaming Simone Jean-Marie (centre) in the company of her parents David (left) and Flo (right).

She told Barbados TODAY she cut down on her social schedule to get ready for the exams, and when she fell behind, she would throw in the extra effort to catch up.

Her mother said the family “saw the change in her attitude towards the work from the second term when she knew she had to find a way to succeed.

“Simone doesn’t give up, and that is a good characteristic for success.”

Simone’s sister is currently pursuing a degree in medicine, which helped influence her decision.

“I think it is very interesting. I like to see what she is doing, and when she is talking about it she seems very enthusiastic,” Simone said, adding that she had yet to decide whether she will specialize in any particular area of medicine.

Her father, himself a Barbados Scholarship recipient in 1983, said he had little doubt that his daughter would have done well.

“I know Simone is a very determined child and works hard, so I knew she was bright enough to do well at that level, so it’s not a total surprise,” he told Barbados TODAY.

“This will also save me some money in tuition fees,” he quipped.

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