Former Campion College head boy is 2018 Rhodes Scholar
Syranno Baines, Gleaner Writer
Former head boy of Campion College, Jelani Munroe has been named the 2018 Jamaica Rhodes Scholar.
The 23-year-old Stanford University graduate is bound for the University of Oxford where he'll pursue a Master of Philosophy degree in Development Studies.
"You have ten people who are genuinely brilliant, so, it could have been any of us, so I'm just relieved and thankful," Munroe told The Gleaner minutes after Governor General Sir Patrick Allen had declared him the chosen one.
His mother, Erica Boswell Munroe was ecstatic as she got the news.
“Thank you Jesus!” she exclaimed, her eyes filled with tears.
She said she always pushed Munroe to become a doctor like his twin brother, but he insisted he wanted to pursue development studies.
Peter Goldson, Secretary of the Rhodes Scholar selection committee, concurred.
"They're exceptionally outstanding, both candidates from overseas and UWI and Jelani was just that much more outstanding than the rest of the field," said Goldson.
"He's clearly someone who's intelligent and thoughtful. He's concerned about helping the less privileged in Jamaica. He's full of energy, dynamism and we believe he will really make an impact in Jamaica in the years to come," he added.