Desray Desir – Never Give UP

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Desray Desir

Desray Desir is a fifth former at the St. Joseph’s Convent (SJC). At the age of 16 years she is currently the school’s Head Prefect and the current Senior Captain of St. Maria Goretti’s House. She is an active contributor to school life as she enrolled in Peer Helpers, Red Cross, and is also the Web Master of the reinstated Key Club.

Recently, she was selected to represent the Caribbean on behalf of Key Club International in a leadership International Convention to be held in New Orleans, in January of 2018. She has gained various academic achievements throughout her years at St. Joseph’s Convent and has constantly been on the school’s merit list from form one to form five, even achieving top placements in her class on many occasions.

She is a passionate sports enthusiast who excels in Track and Field; her main focus is the 100m, 200m and long jump events. She informed us that she aspires to attend Brown University, Emory University or Florida State University all of which offer programmes in the areas she love. In the past, she was trained as a heptathlete and represented Saint Lucia in the Central American and Caribbean Games in Trinidad, 2015. It was there her relay team broke the long standing 4x100m record and she and herteammate Julien Alfred collectively attained second place overall in the competition, beating competitors from across the region and Central America.

During that year, at the age of 13, she ran a personal best of 12.18s in the 100m event, which enabled her to surpass the CARIFTA games qualifying time. However, despite such a milestone she was deemed too young to participate at the time.

“This gave me a drive which pushed me to train even harder for what I believe in, and the following year I qualified again to participate in the 100m event and was set for the games held in Grenada but due to injury at the time was unable to partake,” she said.

Later on that year, she was selected to represent the country again in the Inaugural National Under 16 championships, and was appointed team captain.

At St. Joseph’s Convent, she has won the VictrixLudorum award consecutively from the year 2014-2016.

Desray’s endowed with appropriate disciplines in professional and personal conduct, “a balance which enables me to execute plans effectively,” she says. Outside of the hallowed walls of St. Joseph’s Convent, she was recently appointed floor representative on the National Student’s Council, and she was also recently approached by the National Youth Council to serve on one of their committees, which she graciously accepted and will be fulfilling her duties for that role soon.

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