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The future use of science in The Bahamas
By Serena Williams
Aug 26, 2019 - 12:30:19 PM

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Consolidated Water (Bahamas) Ltd. (CWCO) hailed CV Bethel for its part in helping to mould “the future of science” in The Bahamas. Pictured are the three winners of the school’s 12th annual Science Competition holding their new laptops – prizes courtesy of sponsor CWCO. L to R: CWCO Operations Manager Jeff Burrows, Tyrese Farrington, Jacaria Knowles, Jonathan King, and CV Bethel Chemistry and Biology teacher Katina Ferguson.

Nassau, Bahamas - Consolidated Water (Bahamas) Ltd. (CWCO) hailed CV Bethel high school for helping to mould the “future of science” in The Bahamas with their annual 12th grade Science Competition. The water company was a sponsor of this year’s event, which allows all senior high school students of CV Bethel to participate in mock BGCSE examinations for the sciences in preparation for the national examinations.

Among 200 of their peers in this year’s competition, Jacaria Knowles achieved the highest grade overall in Biology, while Jonathan King and Tyrese Farrington tied for the highest mark in Chemistry, and Tyrese also scored first place in Physics.

Each of these three students plans to pursue further studies in the science field.

“I’m excited to have achieved the highest mark in Biology because it means all of my hard work and studying paid off,” said Jacaria Knowles, who wants to be a doctor. “I’m going to the University of Prince Edwards Island to study chemistry, and then I’m going to medical school,” she added.

As for Tyrese Farrington, he will pursue Biochemistry at the University of The Bahamas (UB). “I plan on working in the forensics field. I chose that career because science has always been a strong point for me so it was only natural to pick something that involves science.”

Jonathan King, who initially wanted to be an accountant, said he now plans on becoming a petroleum engineer. “In grade 10 I wanted to do Accounts but my mother wanted me to take Chemistry, and I took a liking to it. People say too many accountants are in The Bahamas, so I stayed in chemistry and I grew to like it and the other sciences; I want to use them to help others.            

“I’m starting college at UB and then I’m going to transfer to the University of Texas at Permian Basin to pursue petroleum engineering. I plan to develop my skill and then come back to The Bahamas, and if it has an oil site I can help there.”          

The students each received laptops, courtesy of CWCO, to help them as they embark on their tertiary science studies.

CWCO General Manager Bryan Russell said, “Our company has decided to concentrate its support on youth development activities, and in particular ones that are related to the sciences, because when you look at our industry, we need technical people. CV Bethel should be hailed for this wonderful initiative that invests in science and helps mould the future of it in the country. Young people like these students, who will go off to school and hopefully one day return to invest their skills and knowledge into what’s already an expanding field with more opportunities for Bahamians, are the future of science in The Bahamas. We’re proud to support this competition, CV Bethel, and these students.”

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