Marcus E. Delpeche

2013 Scholarship Recipient

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When we first saw Marcus, we just knew he was a basketball player because of his height, strong hands, and athletic physique. We soon learned that Marcus is, indeed, adept in basketball and even had the opportunity to play at the college level. However, Marcus has decided to pursue a degree in Business Management at Bates College in Maine. Marcus has a twin brother who will also be attending Bates College.

Marcus is the son of Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Delpeche. His mother is from Jamaica and his father is from Trinidad and Tobago. He attended Wilmington Friends School where he graduated with a GPA of 3.2. In high school, he challenged himself by taking the International Baccalaureate Certificate Program, which requires students to take 3 Higher Level Courses in the fields of History, Biology and English. Marcus did so without sacrificing his regular class work or athletic activities.

Marcus has been described by his teachers as affable, focused, and someone with integrity, remarkable insight, and a positive attitude. These attributes will serve him well as he embarks upon college life and the new challenges it presents.

Curtis J. Davis

2012 Scholarship Recipient

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Curtis J. Davis is the son of Edwin and Carol Ann Davis from Trinidad & Tobago. He graduated from the Delaware Military Academy in June 2012, with a 3.20 GPA.

In high school, Curtis was a well-rounded student in academics, sports, and extracurricular activities, receiving many accolades including the distinction of Sea Hawk Cadet. His upbringing and military training have influenced his ambitious character and leadership skills.

After completing his advance training at Fort Gordon in Georgia with the Delaware Army National Guard in computer detection and repair in November, Curtis will enter the University of Delaware pursuing a degree in Physical Therapy. Upon graduation from University he will have earned sufficient credits to become a United States Army Officer.

Danielle Delpeche

2011 Scholarship Recipient

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Danielle Delpeche (Dani) is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Delpeche. With her mother from Jamaica and her father from Trinidad and Tobago, Danielle has the opportunity to be exposed to both cultures.

Danielle attended Wilmington Friends High School where she pursued the most rigorous curriculum available – the IB Diploma Program. Her teachers valued her creativity, intelligence, intuitive literary analysis and her analytical abilities. Danielle has been described by her high school director of college guidance as a unique individual, who marches to the beat of her own drum, takes the path less travelled, quirky, creative, and expressive. Other adjective used were brilliant, insightful, and open minded. She has been respected by her peers for her unique and thoughtful perspective.

She has excelled throughout her high school years. She has earned the All-State recognition for her Volleyball abilities and has served as an assistant coach for her club teams. Danielle has also mentored many of her peers at her high school.

She has earned a GPA of 3.57 and is currently attending Swarthmore College where she has continued playing volleyball at the collegiate level, while pursuing a degree in Psychology/Education.

Jasmine Paul

2014 Keynote Speaker

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Jasmine Paul is a 1st Lieutenant in United States Air Force with an undergraduate degree in Communications from High Point University in High Point, NC. She is currently stationed at Malmstrom, AFB in Great Falls, MT. She quickly upgraded to Deputy Missile Combat Crew Commander and her outstanding performance led to her being selected for the successful 2013 Test Launch of a Minuteman III ICBM at Vandenberg AFB, CA. During her time in California, she volunteered to speak to 50 high school students about college and life after high school. She provided key insight about schol-arships and funding available. Soon thereafter, she led a wing-wide Multi-Cultural event, sponsored by Malmstrom’s Wing Commander, to create a festival of culture, learning and celebration realizing $6000.00.

Jasmine received her Master’s of Science in Entrepreneurship from Oklahoma State University in May 2014. With this degree, she plans to start a non-profit for youth that focuses on education, mentoring and self-improvement. Jasmine is in the process of writing a book titled, “Where to Start” that gives a first-hand account of her ambitions to attend college and her success to complete college in 3 years with numerous scholarships. She plans to use this book as an educational tool for youth leaders, mentors and educators. She realizes that the AF demands well-rounded officers and strives to meet the need through her work in the community and personal growth. Among her many church and community projects, she coordinated a sexual assault awareness program titled, “Unmask,” that educated the Great Falls community about this serious and pressing issue.

Just recently, Jasmine was recognized for her community service efforts when she was named 341st Operations Group Volunteer of the Quarter. In 2014 alone, she has logged over 50 community service hours. Jasmine is currently a deputy instructor for the 341st Operations Support Squadron at Malmstrom AFB and an active member of Union Bethel AME Church. Within her church, she offers a creative component as a praise dancer.

Jasmine Paul realizes that none of her accomplishments would be possible without God, her family, friends, mentors, and leaders that support her throughout every step of the way. She is truly thankful to TTCAD for one of the many scholarships she received. Because of her love for education and youth development, she is excited to be the keynote speaker at the 2014 Trinidad and Tobago Cultural Association Scholarship Gala. Tonight she will inspire and touch the lives of other scholarship recipients, and the general public in attendance. She is the daughter of Marina Shillingford of Barbados, and Anselm Paul or Trinidad.

Deborah C. Occident

2013 Scholarship Recipient

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Deborah was born in the United States. She is the daughter of Martin & Darlene Occident from Haiti. She attended Newark High School where she graduated with a 3.8 GPA. Deborah is an accomplished violinist who gave back to her community by tutoring students in playing the violin.

Deborah’s goal is to be a doctor, more specifically, a cardiologist. She also wants to serve in the military. Deborah is attending St. Francis College in Brooklyn, New York where she is taking science and liberal arts. Deborah is articulate, disciplined and intellectually mature for her age. One of her high school teachers remarked, “Deborah is a dedicated student and a true scholar.She has a quiet passion that forces people to take notice when she speaks. Her words seem to have a different heft and resonate in a way that is unique for one her age.”

With guidance for her career path, Deborah will become the compassionate physician she so desires to be.

Jordan A. Wright

2012 Scholarship Recipient

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Jordan is the son of Pamela Stampp of Jamaican parentage. He attended the Paul M. Hodgson Vocational-Technical High School in Glasgow, Delaware and graduated with an impressive 3.86 GPA.

In addition to his studies, Jordan was a faithful member of his church, volunteering many hours of service as a bible educator and mentor. He also worked as an Assistant Caregiver at a local facility, meeting the basic needs of hospice patients.

During the summer of 2011, Jordan visited Jamaica and was shocked beyond all reason when he saw the disabled and small children stealing food just to survive. That experience inspired Jordan even more to obtain a college degree with an eye towards helping the less fortunate. Jordan is currently studying Engineering at the University of Delaware.

Chantelle A. Preston

2012 Scholarship Recipient

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Chantelle is the daughter of Kathy Smart-Preston, the Smart family from Trinidad & Tobago and her American father, Harvey Preston. At age 8, Chantelle visited Trinidad and fell in love with the food, culture, beaches, and the beautiful people of Trinidad.

To further experience the T&T culture, she performed with the Trinidad Cultural Group at cultural educational presentations by the Delaware Multicultural Education Council and the Delaware Dept. of Education. She attends all the TTCAD functions.

While in high school, Chantelle consistently performed with academic excellence. She also volunteered at New Life Christian Center Outreach Program to improve her community. Because of hard work and dedication, Chantelle graduated from Caravel Academy with a 3.93 GPA. She is now studying Physics and International Relations at John Hopkins University.

Basil Williams

2011 Scholarship Recipient

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Basil Williams is the oldest of 3 children born to Jamaican parents and has lived in DE all his life as he was born in the US. From an early age he learned the importance of education from his family. Basil attended Tower Hill High School and has been active in sports, where he played basketball, football and baseball. While at high school, Basil’s mother lost her job. Being economically challenged, Basil describes himself as being able to differentiate his needs versus his wants. He decided to enlist for some classes that would provide him with practical skills, like woodworking, digital imaging, photography and theatre. He freelanced as a photographer to help earn some money for the family. This helped sustain his family through the economic downturn.

In addition to his full schedule, Basil was able to visit local schools where he spoke to other students about engineering which was his field of study. During the summer participated in the Forum for the Advancement of Minorities in Engineering (FAME) program for which he received many awards. He also worked with the New Castle County Safety Town Program. Basil believes that George Bernard Shaw said it best when he said, “I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the community, as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.” Basil intends to give back to his Jamaican community, thereby assisting others to be the best that they can be.

Basil earned a 3.3 GPA and has been accepted to 8 Universities. He is currently attending Villanova University pursuing a degree in Engineering.

Jelana Ngozi Roach

2011 Scholarship Recipient

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Jelana was born in Brooklyn NY and is the daughter of Jillion and Colin Roach of Trinidad and Tobago. She attended Delcastle High School where she received many academic awards. She was a three year varsity cheerleader and member of the track team. She was nominated to represent her school in the Blue-Gold football game which was in support of mentally challenged children. Jelana has been described by her high school guidance counselor as a role model who actively participated in class discussion, as well as a person with drive and motivation to reach her goals. While in high school she demonstrated a commitment to helping others by volunteering at the Christiana Hospital and at a local senior center.

Jelana is proud to be very independent minded. This trait led her to obtain her first job as a patient escort at age 16 and had spurred her interest in the medical field. Jelana started making her own car payments and car insurance at the early age of 16. That taught her the importance of responsibility and dedication.

Jelana earned a 3.0 GPA and is now attending Barry University in Miami FL where she is pursuing a degree in Pre-Med and hopes to become a Pediatrician some day in the future.

Naiesha Palmer

2011 Scholarship Recipient

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Naeisha Palmer has been described by her English Instructor at Pencader High School as ‘an academically gifted student, who has represented the school in extracurricular activities, as well as someone who possesses strong leadership skills.’ Naeisha was recently inducted into the high school’s chapter of the National Honor Society. While attending high school she was a member of PAL (Peers as Leaders), which matched an upperclassman with a freshman student. Naeisha was born in Jamaica and came to the US with her family at age 3. She grew up in Delaware. She has participated in a number of community service activities by volunteering at churches, food banks, clothes closets, libraries, and a hospice. Naeisha plans on giving back to Jamaica by working with the Jamaican Outreach Inc, an organization that helps by improving the lives of young people…

She was a member of the Business Professionals of America, and Students against Destructive Decisions (SADD). She also played Volley Ball and Soccer. Throughout her high school years Naeisha showed strong work ethic, a quiet strength, dedication, and determination, hence her success stories.

She graduated with a 3.83 GPA and is currently attending Hood College in Frederick MD where she is pursuing a degree in Elementary and Special Education.