Studying at Cambridge University while at the same time developing an iPhone application, it is no surprise Christopher “Sai” Eccles, 19, has been chosen as a recipient of the Proud of Them award.
“It is a big honor to be recognized by our community. It was an honor to be seen equivalent to all the other winners,” said Mr. Eccles.
A former Eton College student who is about to begin studying for a four year masters degree in chemical engineering at Cambridge University, Mr. Eccles continues to approach life with the same ingenuity that he showed as a student in the Cayman Islands.
“I’m finishing my first year of university and I’m currently developing an iPhone application,” said Mr. Eccles, adding, “It’s a Facebook data analyzing application, it analyzes your friends’ Facebook activity.”
In recent years, he set up a website designed to help people manage their social networking, and also co-founded an off-grid energy start up.
His ultimate goal is “to create a new footprint in the engineering industry that will make a difference to the lives of people in the Caribbean and around the world.”
“There’s no secret to success in university. You just have to put the hard work in,” said Mr. Eccles
A government-issued press release on the Proud of Them recipient described Mr. Eccles as “One of those remarkably well-rounded young people whose determination to excel shines through in each area of his life.”
For each of his last three years at St. Ignatius Catholic School, Mr. Eccles was named to the honor roll with distinction and recognized for highest attainment in geography, science, mathematics and Spanish.
At Eton, where students each year sit internal examinations known as trials, he has received the trials prize in mathematics, as well as overall trials distinction and overall trials merit.
Along the way, he accumulated 11 IGCSEs, nine of them at the highest grade A*. He also has A levels in maths, physics and chemistry, and received A* grades for mathematics and physics with an A in chemistry.
Hobbies and interests
Mr. Eccles made the Cayman Islands Swimming Coaches Honor Roll in 2006 and competed in CARIFTA the same year and again in 2007. In addition, he was a member of the Eton swim team from 2009 to 2013, where he set a 200m medley relay in 2011 and was the intermediate 50m butterfly champion in 2011.
His achievements extend to more than one sport. He competed in the Junior Caribbean Golf Championships in 2009 and the Junior British Open Golf in 2010. At Eton, he also excelled in football and rowing.
Other interests and activities have included music, membership in his school’s entrepreneurship and investment society, as well as its scientific society. He represented fellow students from his block, or year group, in 2009, and served as house captain for his hall in 2013.
The Proud of Them initiative recognizes the positive achievements of young people aged between 10 – 25 years. Through a public nomination process, individuals are honored in the categories of academics, careers, business, sports, culture or community service. Each person selected will be featured for six months at a time on billboards established across the Cayman Islands, and will also receive a certificate and $500.