Nkala Tracey eyes Douglas Orane Scholarship
The 2016 Douglas Orane Scholarship award is now open to schoolboy cricketers in all high schools islandwide who are participating in the 2016 ISSA/Grace Headley Cup and Grace Shield cricket competitions.
The scholarship, which is sponsored by the Grace-Kennedy Group of Companies, is expected to attract a large number of applicants. The outstanding student will receive $100,000 per year, tenable at a locally accredited university.
One aspirant, 15-year-old Nkala Tracey, is a fifth-form student at the York Castle High School in Brown's Town, St Ann, and captain of the cricket team. At age 13, he played for Jamaica's Under-15 team.
Said Tracey, "I will be working harder to improve my overall marks to increase my chances at the scholarship. I thank GraceKennedy for all the opportunities they continue to provide.
"I love the sport a lot and I work very hard to be the best at my game," he said. Tracey says he tackles his schoolwork with the same level of vigour and focus as he does cricket.
Describing himself as self-motivated and one who motivates his peers as well, Tracey says the secret is that his motivation comes from God. "I put God in everything I do, on and off the field, at school and everywhere else. We can't do anything without God," Tracey opined.
He commended his coach Cleon Smith for being his next best motivator. "He pushes me a lot and always encourage me to have a backup education plan in the event cricket falls through."
Tracey's dream is to play for the West Indies or the Jamaica senior team. Alternatively, he plans to become a mechanical engineer or a chef. "I am passionate about cricket. The West Indies needs help and I would like to offer myself," an ambitious Tracey noted.
His coach told The Gleaner, "Nkala is a success story - a child from humble beginnings, he can only get better. His personality and temperament will guarantee his success; he is progressing satisfactorily in the classroom and on the pitch."
Winning this scholarship will be a challenge as the recipient will have to demonstrate combined academic excellence as well as maintaining top scores in the games. Several young men already have their eyes set on this scholarship.
In 2004, the GraceKennedy Financial Group established the Douglas Orane Scholarship to be awarded annually to an outstanding high-school cricketer with an excellent academic record.