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Campion scholars shine

Published:Saturday | November 20, 2010 | 12:00 AM

David Walcott, a former student of Campion College in St Andrew, is this year's winner of the Rhodes Scholarship, widely considered to be among the world's most prestigious academic awards.

He becomes the eighth Campion College past student to be awarded the scholarship in the last eight years, and the 14th since the school started in 1960.

Named after English-born businessman, Cecil Rhodes, the Rhodes Scholarship is an international postgraduate award for study at the University of Oxford, in Oxford, England.

Campion College graduates also account for five of the seven annual Jamaica Scholarships.

The winners are André Bascoe, Sharlayne Waller, Shenae Cunningham, Roxanne Ffrench, and Kemar England. Bascoe and Waller were named the top CAPE performers in the Caribbean in foreign languages and natural sciences, respectively, while their classmate, Aston Hamilton, took the regional award for computer sciences.

Principal Grace Baston said the school population is "absolutely overjoyed at the success of our graduates".

"As a school family, we consider this a great blessing, especially in this our jubilee year," Baston said in a media release yesterday.

"We congratulate the students, parents, and, of course, our teachers, who each played an important role in the attainment of these magnificent results," she added.