Former Youth Ambassador Wins MIT Scholarship


One of those who completed their studies and graduated earlier this month was a former CARICOM Youth Ambassador, and one time student at the Washington Archibald High School, Khalea Ross-Robinson.

Ms. Robinson graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on Friday, June 3, 2011, with a major in civil engineering and a double minor in political science and French.

A family release indicates that Ms. Ross-Robinson has been named the 2011 Henry Ford II Scholar.

She is said to have maintained a perfect 5.0 GPA throughout her years at MIT, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. Khalea was named a Burchard Scholar by MIT, for excellence in the humanities, and was named MIT’s 2011 Henry Ford II Scholar, as a result of having achieved the highest academic standing across all of MIT’s engineering departments, at the end of three years of study.

The American-born daughter of a Kittitian national and an American citizen, moved to St. Kitts and Nevis with her parents as a high school student.

At age 15, she won a six-person bid for the role of St. Kitts and Nevis Youth Ambassador to CARICOM, the region’s premiere multilateral institution representing 15 states and 15.3 million inhabitants, and was the youngest person, region-wide, ever to have served in that capacity.

Just prior to Ms. Robinson’s return to the United States at 17 to enter MIT, CARICOM rated St. Kitts and Nevis’ Youth Ambassador Programme the best in the region, and specifically addressed the contributions of Ms. Robinson.

In its official report, CARICOM described St. Kitts and Nevis’ performance as having “shown the way for overall project implementation” with “Ms. Robinson guiding the project for which she was responsible through each step of the process.”





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