One of this country’s brightest has sent a message to the electorate to continue their support of the Unity Labour Party (ULP) administration which is seeking an unprecedent fifth term in office.
In an equally unprecedented move, the graduate of the Georgetown Government school sent an ‘unsolicited’ voice message to the party that was played during its office opening for the North Central Windward constituency which is represented by Prime Minister and Political Leader Dr Ralph Gonsalves.
The Island Scholar in the recorded message said:
“I am Kaela Barrett, graduate of the Georgetown Government school and a 2015 national scholar. Having received a five-year national scholarship after graduating from the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Community College, I was able to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.”
“Now in 2020, I can proudly say that I am an Aerospace engineer and I am currently pursuing a PhD in Structural Optimization of Aerospace Structures.”
“If it weren’t for the government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines under the leadership of Dr Ralph Gonsalves, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to further my education and represent my country in the aerospace industry.”
“Dr Gonsalves and the Unity Labour Party have always prioritized education and have granted many students like myself a chance to realise their career goals.”
“So, thank you Dr Gonsalves and the ULP for continuing to invest in us, the future of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.”
Miss Barrett was in St. Vincent last year where she hosted a two (2) day workshop to encourage children to pursue fields in STEM.
She noted at the time:
“Being in the US has made me realize how limited the exposure to STEM is for young children, particularly in rural areas where I attended school. I wanted to change that, because children can’t aspire to something they don’t know about; all children, regardless of their socioeconomic background, should be encouraged to dream big. And too often, only the “bright” children get the encouragement, while the others are left stranded to figure it out on their own.”
“I hosted my workshop, titled “Full STEAM Ahead”, at the Georgetown Government school, my alma mater. During these 2 days, we learned about rockets & earthquakes – everyone got to be Aerospace & Civil Engineers for the day! I think it’s safe to say that the children had a lot of fun and I’m so happy this was a success!”