I share this story not to put down people in inner city communities across Jamaica but simply to show the huge potential and talent that exist in these communities.
One such person is Abigail Tiffany Cameron, who was born and raised in the community of Fletcher’s Land. Like many inner city communities beset by problems, Fletcher’s Land has had its fair share. This makes it even more important to share Cameron’s story.
Almost two years ago the Jamaica Gleaner carried Cameron’s story, A Star Rises In Fletcher’s Land. Cameron had scored nine distinctions Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) subjects, She also placed first in Jamaica and second in the Caribbean in mathematics.
Two hears ago Cameron had goals. She had set her sights on earning a scholarship to attend a prestigious university.
Today Cameron is on her way achieving her dreams. She has just been awarded a full scholarship valued at US$250,000 to Dartmouth College. This research university located in the US is the next chapter in her life.
Cameron’s journey demonstrates that even a young shy girl from an inner city community in Kingston, can realize her ambition. Yes, crime and the stigma attached to living in these communities prevent many Jamaican kids like Cameron, to rise to their full potential. I hope this story at least makes us feel that there is still hope.
Story adapted from Jamaica Gleaner Original Stories