2019 Dart scholars named

Diamond White, Michael Marzouca and Marcos Bertran have been named Dart Scholars for 2019.

Dart Chief Executive Officer Mark VanDevelde said in a news release that the students were chosen for maintaining “high academic standards while also demonstrating dedication to their community”.

Two of the students – White, of John Gray High School, and Marzouca of St. Ignatius Catholic School – received Dart High School Scholarships, while Bertran, who will attend Imperial College, London, this fall, was honoured with the William A. Dart Memorial University Scholarship. Bertran is a graduate of St. Ignatius.

Scholarship officials said White and Marzouca have shown exceptional academic performances, especially in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math, commonly known as STEM.

White was placed in an accelerated programme and sat external examinations a year early. Outside of school, he participates in numerous STEM-related extracurricular activities such as Drone Club, Flight Club, and the SeaPerch Challenge (underwater robotics). As captain of the John Gray SeaPerch team, White has represented his school and the Cayman Islands at the international competition for three years. He is also a black belt in karate.

White plans to pursue a degree in engineering or computer programming.

Marzouca has participated in the UK Junior Mathematical Challenge 2018 and scored in the top 0.4% in the world. Outside of the classroom, he won events in this year’s Minds Inspired SeaPerch Challenge and the Rotary Science Fair. Marzouca is a brown belt in karate and he plays the saxophone. After completing his A-Levels, he hopes to pursue a degree in mathematics and computer science.

Bertran, who plans to study biomedical engineering, was the recipient of the Minds Inspired Excellence in STEM graduation award for achieving the highest GPA in STEM subjects for his final two years of school. He mentored his peers, assisting them in both IGCSE and AS Level mathematics. In addition to his academic success, Bertran is also well-known within the music community. He plays in numerous bands, is a percussionist with the Cayman National Orchestra and has earned Trinity Guildhall Grades 7 and 8 with merit as a saxophonist. In 2017, he won the Butterfield Young Musician of the Year Award.

Dart began offering scholarships in 2012 as a part of its Minds Inspired education programme. In 2018, the scholarships were re-branded as Dart Scholar, which is merit-based and rewards exemplary academic performance with tuition aid, resume-building work experience and enrichment experiences to supplement classroom learning.