Dominican Students Top U.S. Embassy’s International Education Week Essay Contest
Two Dominican students, Medina Tyson and Robert Douglas, came out on top when the U.S. Embassy to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean held its International Education Week Essay Contest recently.
The competition, which was held throughout the six OECS nations which the Embassy is accredited to, asked students to write on how studying in the United States would personally transform them and how they would give back to their communities.
Thirteen year old Medina Tyson of the North East Comprehensive School took the USD $500 first prize. Tyson, who is Kalinago, impressed the judges with an insightful essay on her hopes to study medicine in the United States and her intention to use both her medical knowledge and the chance for interaction with indigenous North Americans to the benefit of her community.
Writing with sensitivity and maturity, Tyson outlined the issues residents in the Kalinago territory face in accessing medical care and clearly articulated her plans to volunteer her time in clinics which serve the community.
Fourteen year old Robert Douglas of Portsmouth Secondary School placed third, writing about his ambition to pursue his passion for technology and his plans to make an impact in the field of information technology. His essay, where he wrote about how he wishes to “launch Dominica as an oasis of technology in the Caribbean” and of how an American education “can be the ticket to a successful life,” won him the USD $200 third prize.
Both students were presented with their prizes recently at separate ceremonies in Dominica in Portsmouth and the Kalinago Territory.