Meet the 2019 Dart Scholars

Diamond White, Michael Marzouca and Marcos Bertran, three local students with outstanding academic and extracurricular achievements, were named the Dart Scholars for 2019 in July.

Diamond of John Gray High School and Michael of St. Ignatius Catholic School are this year’s Dart High School Scholarship recipients while Marcos, a St. Ignatius Catholic School alumnus, is the William A. Dart Memorial University Scholarship 2019 recipient.

The three took time over their busy summer to answer a few questions for Camana Bay Times.

Marcos Bertran

What led you to apply for the William A. Dart Memorial University Scholarship?

I applied to the Dart Scholarship because I know how supportive Dart is towards STEM-related subjects and careers. It is one of the most prestigious scholarships on island and offers great opportunities such as work experience.

After applying, I was invited for an interview, although I felt it was more of a two-way discussion than an interview. I heard back about a week later, receiving the amazing news that I had been awarded the scholarship! I was very happy and excited, not only for the financial support, but also because I know that I will be part of a good support network throughout my time at university.

What are you most looking forward to about attending Imperial College?

I am looking forward to learning from professionals who are top in their field and gaining research experience throughout the course. I am also excited about joining some of the clubs and societies.

How has music helped shape you as a person, and how have you been able to balance music and academic success throughout your school years?

Music has helped me become a more expressive person. I believe music has also improved my memory and ability to learn, and performing in front of audiences has greatly increased my self-confidence.

The most critical factor in balancing music and academic success has been time management. I had to be organised so that I could fit music practice and participation in orchestras and bands around my academic requirements. I love both music and school so I was motivated to succeed in both.

Diamond White

What are you most looking forward to as a Dart High School Scholar?

I am looking forward to the mentoring programme in which I will get to interact with and learn from the field-experienced mentors that the programme offers, as well as the enrichment activities that I think will help me significantly explore my career interests.

What are some of the numerous STEM-related extracurricular activities you participate in and why do you enjoy them?

I participate in the Drone Club, where I learn about flying and repairing drones, and about the many applications of drones in society. I also participate in Flight Club, where I learn about many of the complex processes that go into flying planes, and SeaPerch, the underwater robotics programme, where I learn about the engineering design process and how to apply it to create functional underwater remotely operated vehicles that are designed to complete various challenges and tasks. I enjoy these activities because they engage my critical thinking, analytical and design skills, which I think will help me to develop some of the key traits of an engineer.

Michael Marzouca

What are you most looking forward to as a Dart High School Scholar?

I am looking forward to the opportunities to learn new things with Dart. For example, the internship programme it offers us will allow me to learn from people who specialise in my fields of interest. Also, I look forward to exchanging knowledge and ideas with other Dart Scholars.

You participated in the UK Junior Mathematical Challenge 2018 and scored in the top 0.4% in the world. What do you love about math and why?

What I love about math is discovering a creative approach to solving a problem. Although some questions might only have a single straightforward way to get to the answer, more complicated questions can have multiple creative pathways to get to the solution. Developing and understanding these innovative methods is what I enjoy about math because you always learn something new from the process. Determining the solution sometimes requires out-of-the-box thinking so that when you discover a method you feel gratified because you have come up with a unique solution. It is also intriguing to recognise how these methods can apply to real-life scenarios. For example, finding an angle in a triangle can lead to knowing the weight distribution of a bridge or finding the launch path of a rocket.

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A version of this article appears in print in the September 2019 edition of Camana Bay Times with the headline: Meet the 2019 Dart Scholars

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