Jenelle Grandison poised for great things
Gary Spaulding, Gleaner Writer
AFTER QUIETLY acing 12 subjects in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations two years ago, she scored big in the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE) Unit One and Two in 2013 and 2014. Eighteen-year-old Jenelle Grandison is well poised for bigger things.
The St Jago High School student is ready to forge a career path in forensic pathology/surgery on the medical landscape. "It has been one of my dreams to have a career in forensic science, and because I did so well with the sciences, I thought it would be a good idea to pursue forensic pathology," she asserted.
Added Jenelle: "I like the area of intelligence, because I think I'm meticulous and pay attention to detail ... . I'm very passionate about it and I think we all should do whatever we're passionate about."
When Jenelle sat the CSEC in 2012, she copped 10 grade ones and two grade twos - biology; chemistry; English A; English B; French; information technology; mathematics; physics; principles of accounts; principles of business; Spanish and social studies.
In 2013, the multidimensional scholar proved that her successes a year earlier was no fluke when she aced CAPE Unit 1 with four grade ones - biology; chemistry; communication studies and law.
Jenelle came back again with a bang in 2014 to repeat her successes in CAPE Unit 2 with another batch of grade ones - biology; Caribbean Studies; chemistry and law.
Is it any surprise that Jenelle's hobby reading, is her favourite pastime? "I can sit and read for hours," she shares. "I dabble into poetry whenever the need so arises ... . I also like socialising with my friends on various social media," she added.
With all her obvious academic prowess, Jenelle has seen the need to assume some critical positions of responsibility at her school. She was a prefect, head student librarian, and secretary of Inter-School Christian Fellowship.
Jenelle, a professing Christian, said she is a bit on the shy side. Yet she participates in a plethora of extra-curricular activities in the Peer Counselling Unit, student librarian, badminton, Society of Science and Technology and Media Group.
She told The Gleaner that she is trying to break out of it because she has learnt that many opportunities have passed her because of her bashful propensities.
"Another trait that comes to mind is being helpful. I think that we should always help others while we have the opportunity to do so, whether the help be great or small," she added.
"It is my belief that all we need is love or as I like to say "to do lo que necesitamos es amor. I think this is me in a nutshell - shy, passionate, pertinacious, helpful, loving."