Treverra James of the Bishop’s High School Tobago is the island’s only national scholarship winner for 2021.
James, who is from Signal Hill, was awarded an open scholarship in Technical Studies.
The future dietician said she chose that particular field of study because she has a passion for food and nutrition and she was also influenced by the island’s long-standing challenges with diseases that are caused by unhealthy practices
“After observing the number of persons with non-communicable diseases in Tobago, for me it’s my passion and it’s a way I can help give back to the communities that helped shape me. This is one way I could impact Tobago in the long term,” James said.
This trailblazer is the first person from Bishop’s High School to pursue Food and Nutrition at the CAPE level.
She said the process was a learning one for both her and the teachers at the school.
But when it comes to winning scholarships, it seems to be a family tradition.
Treverra is the second member of her immediate family to win a national scholarship, after her sister Sifiya’s who is also a national scholarship winner.
Treverra’s father, Trevor James advised parents of students pursuing secondary studies to allow them to pursue recreational activities. However, he said it is also important to set a standard of excellence and “gain an understanding of how the exams are structured.”
Her mother, Sherra Carrington James said Treverra’s achievement is due to the efforts of many people in her life.
“It is not a singular achievement, it included an aunt who is a Biology major, another aunt on her father’s side who majors in Library studies, support came from Scarborough Secondary and even as far as the Arden High School in Jamaica.”
She also lauded the teachers and principal of the Bishop’s High School who took a chance on Treverra and allowed her to pursue the subject area.
Guardian Media also contacted the Principal of the Bishop’s High School Cindy Ramnarine who congratulated the scholarship winner and all the other students who did well.
“The move from classroom to virtual learning would have created a challenge, however, most of our students and teachers embraced that challenge and kept pushing.”
Tobago House of Assembly Secretary Marslyn Melvile Jack also congratulated the winner. She said Tobago students continue to excel despite the challenges.