Butterkist St James' Mathematics champion for 2013 and the Corinaldi Avenue Primary grade six top achiever, Tisana Richards, is the Scotiabank Scholarship recipient for the county of Cornwall.
Five parishes make up the county, namely, Hanover, St James, Westmoreland, Trelawny and St Elizabeth. The scholarship is open to the children of employees, upon the release of their grades by the Ministry of Education.
The bank will pay Tisana's school fees for the next seven years, right up to sixth form or community college. In some cases, recipients have been known to have their tuition paid through to university.
A natural high achiever since her early years at basic school, the humble 12-year-old GSAT awardee, who cried when she heard the news of her latest accolade, is booked to commence classes at the Montego Bay High School today.
"I cried when I heard because I had worked so hard. In the nights, I would be up working until 11 o'clock, and Mommy would say come to bed, but I wouldn't go until I was finished," Tisana told The Gleaner.
The youngster, who earned a permanent position on her various schools' honour roll programme, including the Farm Heights Basic and the Montego Bay Christian Academy, where she transferred to Corinaldi, said she always felt she would be a scholarship recipient.
"Mommy always told me, and I in turn did my best to achieve what I wanted," she said confidently.
In fact for approximately four years at the Montego Bay Christian Academy she placed first in her class and earned the highest number of merits (points).
At Corinaldi , Tisana was a peer counsellor, and a member of the school choir, music, dance, drama and 4H clubs. She won the first place award last year in a 4H Quiz Competition in her category, competing against high-school students as well.
She remarks that after she transferred to Corinaldi, it was not easy, "The competition was stiff and the work was much harder," she admits, adding that in the first year, she wasn't familiar with subjects such as religious education. "But I was good at math and the teachers liked that. I would help my friends. Even when they were hard to convince that my answers were right, I still tried to help them."
Her mother, Janet Richards, a teller supervisor at the bank's Barnett Street branch, describes her daughter as naturally brilliant, "She is a self-motivating, focused child, heading to a career in medicine."
According to Mrs Richards, Tisana enjoys contributing to the less fortunate and the Mustard Seed Community in Adelphi, St James, a project she holds close to her heart.
Tisana's ambition is to be a paediatrician, "because I like to take care of children', she says.
Acknowledging it will take a lot of hard work, she declares she is not afraid of that, "I am opening my mind to the possibilities", she stated adding that her teachers from kindergarten to grade six, particularly, Mrs Chisholm at Corinaldi, believed in her.