TIMAR FITZ Jackson, 2014 Rhodes Scholar, shared his formula for success during a special student assembly at his alma mater, Vauxhall High School, on Monday.
Discipline and focus, times the power of God equals success, said the First Class Honours actuarial science graduate of the University of the West Indies, adding that this will open the door to "infinite success".
"It doesn't take a rocket scientist to discover that success is not far away - you just have to believe, be determined and be focused," Jackson told students.
The gathering included mother Janet Powell, Education Minister Ronald Thwaites, Vauxhall High Principal Angela Chaplin, Jamaica Teachers' Association President Dr Mark Nicely and a host of teachers who had contributed to the scholar's education.
He recalled that while attending Norman Gardens Primary, the word potential always featured on his report card.
"When I came to Vauxhall, the word began to have meaning. I thank Vauxhall for transforming me from a regular bench warmer in class to a leader who has set a blue print for success in math," the Rhodes Scholar told teachers in attendance. He attributed his acumen in mathematics to advice the teacher, Mr Clarke, gave him while standing at the bus stop one day.
Words of wisdom
"It doesn't matter where you start, it's your destination that counts," Jackson advised students.
Meanwhile, Education Minister Ronald Thwaites declared that Vauxhall High is now a world-class school as a result of Jackson's receipt of the Rhodes Scholar to attend Oxford University in the United Kingdom. "You are going to a good school," he asserted, adding that the Ministry of Education has approved of Vauxhall introducing a sixth form next September. The school is also projected to come off the shift system at that time following the addition of 10 classrooms.
Pointing to the fact that Jackson had attended Norman Gardens Primary School, Thwaites noted that "a good primary education makes the difference, hence teachers have the tremendous responsibility to get it right from the start."
Thwaites, who is a Rhodes Scholar, said Jackson received the Rhodes Scholarship because of his outstanding character and background of service - the fact that he has given back his talent to school and community.