The Democratic Labour Party (DLP) has awarded seven young Barbadians who have been outstanding in various fields. They were presented with Trident Awards in a gesture aimed at encouraging the next generation of leaders towards greater achievements.
The party used the forum of a political meeting at Alexandra School last Sunday to put the spotlight on the youngsters – Chad Campbell of St Andrew; Megan Farley of St James Central; Shaquan Thomas, St James North; Raheem Walrond, St James South; Jeberri White, St Lucy; Keisha Roach, St Peter; and Tre Riley, St Thomas.
Campbell, a student minister, vice-chair of Evangelism and Church Growth and an employee of Caribbean Aircraft Handling, graduated from the Barbados Community College in 2010 with an Associate Degree in History and Government and Political Studies.
While at the BCC he was First Runner up in the Mr and Miss Communifesta Show in 2009 and sat as a non-executive member on the Guild of Students as Chairman of the Communifesta Committee 2010. He was awarded by the Department of History, in academia, culture and personality. He became a student of the University of the West Indies and pursued a Bachelor of Arts in History and Brazilian Studies.
Campbell remains very involved in the development of his community serving as Assistant Camp Director and Camp Director in the National Summer Camp Programme. He was a St Andrew Parish Ambassador in 2010.
Farley, who was not present to accept her award, read for an Associate Degree in Building and Civil Engineering at the Barbados Community College, during which time she volunteered with the Optimist Club of Barbados South, working with less fortunate children to bring out the best in them.
At University of the West indies she read for a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil with Environmental Engineering, which she gained with Second Class Honours.
Thomas is a senior prefect at Ellerslie Secondary School. He is an Alter Server of the St Albans Anglican Church and aspires to be a priest.
Walrond has been a member of the Haynesville Youth Club since age nine and has won numerous awards with the Club at NIFCA, Dance Fest and the Community Independence Celebrations Competition.He has travelled with the club to represent Barbados in St Lucia, Grenada, Dominica, Guyana and more recently to Lalulistan, Asia.
Walrond received his secondary education at the Alexandra School and received six CXCs as well as the City and Guilds Certificate in Carpentry from the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic. He currently teaches drumming to the younger members of his club at the Alexandra School, Good Shepherd and Hillaby Turners Hall Schools.
White is an entrepreneur with a passion for preparing high quality and nutritious meals in a fast-paced environment. This St Lucy resident has surpassed all odds and has become a quick learner with a hands-on approach who can effortlessly fit into any area within the kitchen and serving areas.
White has pursued qualifications at the Barbados Vocational Training Board (BVTB), Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic (SJPP) and the Barbados Community College (BCC) in the area of the culinary arts. He is the proud owner of Jeberri’s Catering Service.
Roach graduated from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus with lower second class honours in Accounting and Finance, BSc in 2016. She has been recognized for her contribution to Community Independence Celebrations, having served as a Floor member of the St Peter Parish Independence Community. She is a member of the All Saints’ Anglican Church and has served on the Parochial Church Council of the All Saints’ Anglican Church as a Floor member.
Riley’s cricketing feats are described as ‘tremendous’. From a very young age he has taken on every role from batsman to bowler and even commentator. His secondary school debut at Combermere School was triumphant as he took four wickets for for runs, and for wickets for eight runs in the now concluded Sir Garfield Sobers under 15 tournaments, where he also took home Man of the Match for the semi-finals.
He was also outstanding in table tennis and earned himself a spot on the Barbados Table Tennis Team, and travelled to Guyana for the Caribbean Table Tennis Championships.
Tre has gone to Washington DC for the American Table Tennis Championship for the past three years and will be going back this year.