From as far as he can remember, 21-year-old Romane Duncan was very opinionative and that quality paved his way into leadership.
“I’m very critical of others. So rather than just talking I’ve always wanted to be a part of the change and what better way to do this than charter the way through leadership,” Duncan told the JAYECAN interviewer. Becoming the first elected head boy at his primary school, was the onset of this journey.
He performed exceptionally well on his Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) and was successfully placed at St. Mary High School. There he continued to mould himself into top leadership positions. He was the Regional best speaker for the Bob Marley Debating Competition, National 4H Public Speaker, President of the school’s 4H Club and president of the school’s Debating Society. To culminate his achievements leaving St. Mary’s High School, he was awarded the Principal’s plaque for the Boy of the Year. This one of the most coveted awards that is to be presented to the most involved and top CSEC student.
Soon after he completed his five years at St. Mary’s High School, he went on to Ardenne High School to complete his CAPE examinations. Even though he was a new student, he got himself involved, shared his opinions and empowered his peers. There he served as a peer counselor, the chief editor of the school’s newspaper, the president of the debate club and the cultural director for the Spanish Club.
Upon leaving Ardenne High School, he was awarded distinctions in his CAPE examinations and the JCDC’s Ranny Williams award for best actor nationally.
Owing to his high academic achievements, he was offered a scholarship to the United World College in Wales, Britain. Unfortunately, he was unable to raise the rest of the funds and it was not necessarily in line with his dream to become a lawyer. He then applied for the University of the West Indies, Mona where he was accepted to read for a Bachelor of Law. To finance his tuition, he was awarded the 2013 NCB Foundation Scholarship as parish champion for St. Mary.
Now a third year student, Romane has continued to charter a commendable path at the University of the West Indies, both at the Mona Campus in Jamaica and Cave Hill Campus in Barbados. At Mona, he co-founded an all Male charitable organization known as the PLAY Foundation; an organization that empowers inner city youths through the performing arts. During his short tenure at the Cavehill Campus, he has represented the University in The Pan American Debating Championship in Miami, Florida, the InterAmerican Sustainable Development Moot Court Competition in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and currently sits on the Guild of Students as the Sir Philip Hall Chairman.
It is obvious that Duncan does not intend to slow down anytime soon and will make an impactful young attorney at law. With eyes set on working with the United Nations, his niche being International Law, he sees himself helping to solve conflicts worldwide. When asked what motivation he has for the fellow youth, he said, “There are no preset molds for your future. Be curious and find something you love, try hard and lose sleep; keeping the dream alive. They say ‘yuh neva see smoke widout
fire’, I say, yuh neva see achievement widout sacrifice.” Romane Duncan-a true icon among us. A great example of a young person making a difference.
Student | The University of Technology, Jamaica