The genius of Giblatore - Young brainiac brings joy to rural community
There isn't much about the hillside farming community of Giblatore in St Catherine that normally attracts national attention. But one of the community's young residents, Delano Mighty, is changing all of that with his superhuman achievement of 18 distinctions at the CSEC and CAPE exams. Now, people are sitting up and taking notice.
"Nothing usually goes on here. There's no running water, no cable television, but since news about my results got out, people have been talking about the community. It's been getting more attention than ever," said the 17-year-old whiz-kid sitting in the shade of a breadfruit tree at his home last week.
It's not lost on him that he has quickly become the star of the small community, but the teenager is more eager to talk about his plans for the future.
"The results, by themselves, aren't enough. It's about what I do with them that will count," he said.
And the recent St Jago High School student's plans are clear. He intends to start classes at the University of Technology (UTech) in September to study chemical engineering.
"I realise that this is how I'll be able to make a real contribution to the world. I can use science to make something that will change people's lives. I love chemistry and all its possibilities," said Mighty.
His journey to academic stardom started in 2007 when, in fourth form at St Jago, he sat the CSEC Spanish exam. It was to lead to his first distinction.
"It felt good. I took it early so I was really proud about the result," he said.
The next year, the talkative youngster sat eight more CSEC exams which, of course, led to eight more distinctions.
"Now that felt really great. People were telling me that they were praying for me, so when the results came out, I was glad that I didn't let them down."
The next year, it was on to the CAPE exams and while students at that level normally take on eight subjects over two years, Mighty decided to go one better.
"I took five in 2008 and four more in 2009. I had to attend evening classes but it wasn't difficult. I enjoyed it, actually," said Mighty with a wry smile.
Nine subjects attempted, nine more distinctions achieved. He only received his latest set of results a couple of weeks ago, so the excitement was still fresh. His parents couldn't be prouder. His father, Morris, a warehouse supervisor, and mom, Gloria, a teacher, said their son always had a thirst for knowledge.
"When he was little he would get bored if he wasn't being engaged in some kind of learning. We had to always give him little tasks to complete," said Gloria.
While the teenager may make light of the sacrifices he had to make to achieve the grades he has, his parents aren't so modest.
"He had to wake up at four every morning just to make it to school on time. Then, there's the journey home in the evenings. He still was never too tired to get his studying done though," said his father.
So now that his high-school career is over, Mighty's sights are set on university. His game plan hasn't changed.
"I can look back at what I achieved at high school and feel proud. I don't intend to do any less at university. I want to change the world. That's what I plan to do."