Venessa Miller can breathe a sigh of relief about her tuition fees, as she has won the grand prize of $100,000 in Digicel's back-to-school promotion.
An 18-year-old St Ann native and Level 2 Ebony Park HEART Academy Agriculture student, Miller is eyeing Level 3 studies at the Academy even before completing Level 2.
"I feel excited about winning this prize because I can put away my tuition for Level 3 from now," said Miller, who topped up online to win the promotion. "I chose to study agriculture because I have a passion for it and I am happy that I can further this passion by moving on to Level 3."
When asked about her love of agriculture, the 18-year-old said: "I am passionate about agriculture because I think it can help Jamaica's economy. We import a lot from other countries, and if we start producing more we can benefit more from export revenue."
Miller, who grows yam, sweet potato and cabbage in her backyard, is hoping to further her agricultural interests by studying at the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE) after completing her studies at HEART.
Neil Lawrence, Digicel's diaspora manager, sees Miller's success as good news for Jamaica. "It is comforting to see that a youngster is in tune with what is happening in the country and has taken a career path to help the nation economically," Lawrence said. "Ms Miller's success in the promotion is great for Jamaica as she can study further in a field that will undoubtedly help the country move forward."
Digicel's back-to-school promotion was launched in early July and has seen more than seven Digicel customers winning $20,000 in weekly prizes, culminating with Miller winning the grand prize. Winners in the promotion have been able to offset back-to-school expenses in time for the new academic year. Customers simply had to top up online at www.digiceljamaica.com with $1,500 or more to qualify to win in the promotion.