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MP surprises young academic with laptop

Published:Saturday | October 10, 2020 | 12:12 AMCecelia Campbell-Livington/Gleaner Writer
Wadada Dixon posing with her brand new laptop donated by Clarendon South East Member of Parliament, Pearnel Charles Jr.
Wadada Dixon posing with her brand new laptop donated by Clarendon South East Member of Parliament, Pearnel Charles Jr.

Denbigh High School sixth-former Wadada Dixon is now overwhelmed with joy following a presentation of a brand new laptop by Member of Parliament (MP) for Clarendon South East, Pearnel Charles Jr.

The 16-year-old’s commendable performance in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) exams was featured in The Gleaner on Tuesday, September 29. In the article the young scholar, who obtained 15 subjects in the exams, expressed the desire for a laptop to participate in online education.

In a Gleaner interview, Dixon said that her grandmother had reached out to Mayor of May Pen Winston Maragh for assistance to get a laptop and he shared the MP’s number with her.

“My grandmother told Mr Charles about my challenges and he said he would set a date to meet her,” Dixon said.

The meeting never happened with her grandmother, but to Dixon’s surprise Mr Charles Jr turned up at her home in Portland Cottage with a laptop.

“I was excited because I wanted a laptop for so long to actually commence sixth form. I really appreciate it,” she said.

Charles, who also gifted Dixon with school supplies, said he hopes it will prove to be a motivation for other students to strive for excellence.

“It is my intention to assist as many students as possible across the constituency, equipping them with the necessary educational resources needed to succeed,” he said.

Charles said that his office would continue to assist students, teachers and parents, especially the most vulnerable through the South East Clarendon Education Transformation Programme.

As for Dixon, she said she intends to continue on her path of excellence academically so that she can inspire not just her peers, but those in her community.