Barbara Niles–Lavine says her son Todd is the type of person who always likes try.
So much so, that three years ago when his brother Ross barely missed out on a Barbados Exhibition by a mere one mark, Todd jokingly bragged that he could do better while his mother dared him to try.
So in 2013, the Harrison College lad pursued and attained four Grade 1 passes at CAPE in Chemistry, Physics, Biology and Communications Studies.
This year, he sat another four exams at CAPE with an additional two units in Environmental Science and today Todd can boast about becoming the first member of his family to win a Barbados Scholarship.
Speaking to Barbados TODAY this evening from his Husbands St James home, the very timid youngster, while surrounded by family members, was still in disbelief over his accomplishment. He said though media houses and friends had contacted him, the news had not yet quite sunk in that he was one of the 14 national scholarship winners.
“I’m feeling ecstatic. It is a bit unreal but . . . it isn’t sinking in yet,” Todd said.
“There were so many nights I thought about giving up, but then I thought about how happy and elated my family, especially my mom, would be when I achieved a scholarship so that gave me the drive to continue and push ahead.
“[Plus] I had to by pass him,” he said, as he playfully taunted his brother Ross, who also present and visibly excited for his little brother.
Somewhat following in his brother’s footsteps, Todd applied for Medicine at both the Cave Hill and Mona campuses of the University of the West Indies but he is still unsure where he wants to go to continue his studies and about if he really wants to do Medicine.
Apart from being good in academics, Todd is also outstanding in the high jump, long jump and hurdles.
He has thanked all his teachers who assisted him, in particular Ms Moseley, Ms Greaves, Mr King, Ms Rawlins and Mr DeFreitas.