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Full scholarship for Shaveesa: ‘From adversity to triumph’

This may be the guiding principle for Shaveesa Gasper, who has secured a full scholarship from the Antigua and Barbuda Government to pursue studies in performing arts at the prestigious, Edna Manley School for the Performing Arts in Kingston, Jamaica.

Gasper is a highly acclaimed actress who won the Best Performance by an Actress for two consecutive years, 2015 and 2016, following the National Drama Festival staged for competing secondary schools. The announcement that Gasper had been awarded a scholarship was made in post-Cabinet Notes on Thursday.

When contacted by PointeXpress newspaper, the 21-year-old said she was overwhelmed and very grateful to the government and people of Antigua and Barbuda. “There is a rush of emotions that I am feeling at this moment as I am very excited to get this scholarship,” she said.

She will pursue studies in drama and education as she hopes to teach, as well as
pursue a professional career in acting. For now however, she must wait as the COVID-19
pandemic has delayed her departure to Jamaica. “Because of the spike in cases in Jamaica, there are discussions taking place on how teaching will be done under these circumstances.  So my departure has been delayed,” she disclosed.

Gasper has appeared in several successful local plays – Blood in the Earth, Whispers in Walling and Light in the Dark. Gasper, who was severely injured during a domestic incident in 2017, was flown first to Guadeloupe, then to Paris and France, where she underwent treatment and has since continued the road to recovery. She is a graduate of the Antigua Girls High School and the Antigua State College. “The Cabinet is pleased with the progress the student has made since the incident, and has shown a determination to succeed. All of Antigua and Barbuda wishes her well,” said the Cabinet Notes.

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