Vieux-Fort student is LUCELEC’s sponsored SPISE scholar

Hailey Boriel is 17 years old. She’s currently a sixth- former at the Vieux-Fort Comprehensive School. And she’s this year’s LUCELEC-sponsored SPISE scholar.

This is the second time in its longstanding sponsorship of the Student Programme for Innovation in Science and Engineering (SPISE) programme, that the St. Lucia Electricity Services Limited (LUCELEC) scholar is a female.

Hailey is exceptional in more ways than her gender. She placed first in the Caribbean region for Economics, as well as first in St. Lucia for English at the CSEC examinations. She also attained eight grade ones, seven with all ‘A’ profiles and graduated with nine subject awards from the Vieux-Fort Comprehensive Secondary School.

“Personally, I don’t feel any different because I am a girl who is interested in STEM. However, I am proud to represent women in a previously male-dominated area, and I am glad to show that women are just as capable in technical subjects as men.”

SPISE is very competitive. The 5-week course for Caribbean students gifted in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is organized by the Caribbean Science Foundation.

To date, one hundred and fifty-two (152) students have met those standards and graduated. Of those, Saint Lucia has the third highest number with fifteen (15); second to Barbados with thirty (30) and Jamaica at twenty-eight (28).