Joseph Cunningham, Gleaner Writer
A BEFITTING climax to this Whiz Kid series, is Tarick Walton's profile. He is not only a 'straight A' student at Campion College, but he is what teachers call, 'The perfect student'.
Lenford Walton is Tarick's father, and he says that from as early as the primary school level, "Tarick's teachers could always depend on him to give the answer to an equation that the rest of the class could not solve."
One such teacher is Carol Walton, Tarick's mother. She says that as a 3-year-old, her son showed signs of a very high Intelligence Quotient (I.Q.), when he started writing in exercise books and kept the letters within the borders of the margins.
Tarick achieved seven distinctions and one credit in the Caribbean Secondary Examinations Council (CSEC)'s exams, attaining distinctions in English language, Spanish, physics, technical drawing, information technology, mathematics, English literature, and a credit in chemistry.
Tarick said he was disappointed in his grade two pass in Chemistry, as it was his favourite subject. Nevertheless, the erudite science student continues on a trail to becoming a chemical engineer or an actuary.
While recognising the mag-nitude of study required to achieve these professional goals, Tarick is confident that his parents have instilled the right values in him to ensure success.
"I appreciate both my parents," he said. "My father has always been the one to instil those manly attributes, such as time management and attaining competence in whatever I do, while mommy, who is a teacher, guides my studies."
Tarick has a personal motto which says, 'Do not let the world damper my dreams', and he plans to achieve whatever he desires.
He supported his view on life by stating, "You know as little children we all have these glittering dreams and aspirations; but as we grow older and life's reality imposes itself, our dreams become what we then call 'more real', but really it becomes smaller. That will not happen to me."