Cheers to Vauxhall High
Timar Jackson, past student of non-traditional high school Vauxhall, has been selected as the Jamaican Rhodes scholar for the year 2014. This selection has certainly caught the nation off guard as this achievement is not only unprecedented, but was totally unexpected.
There certainly could not have been many youngsters who would have chosen to attend Vauxhall High on their preferred list of high schools upon registration for the Grade Six Achievement Test. And those so placed would have lost no time in seeking transfers to what are regarded as "better schools".
I have known of parents who would have experienced a prolonged state of depression if their children were placed at a Vauxhall High. Others in the past, have been moved to tears when their charges are placed at schools which are labelled non-traditional.
But recent events have proven conclusively that, given a common syllabus, accompanied with the required motivation and hard work, our children can excel at whatever institution they might be privileged to attend.
Timar has completely shattered the myth that high scholastic attainment is the unique preserve of a select group of traditional high schools. He has also given meaning to the concept that, with hard work and perseverance, anyone can excel in whatever situation they may find themselves.