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Ronaldo Joseph on university honours list

Ronaldo Joseph – has already caught the eye at Western Illinois University

I always want to make sure that my parents are proud of me.

Those were the words of a proud Ronaldo Joseph, the recipient of a 3-year sports scholarship to Western Illinois University.

The 20-year old is the son of former Supervisor of the Customs Department, Brian Joseph, and Margaret Benjamin, and sister to Rhenisha Joseph.

Ronaldo, who left the island at the end of July to attend the university, has already made it onto the honors list within months of taking up the scholarship.

A citation from the College of Business and Technology of the university said: Congratulations on your superior performance during the Fall 2021 Semester. As a result of your achievement, your name is included on the Dean’s List of Scholars for the College of Business and Technology.

“We are pleased to have a quality student like you in the College of Business and Technology at Western Illinois University.

Your scholarship and leadership enhance the quality of our Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and the entire University. In addition, you are advancing your personal and professional future through your high standards. You can take pride in your outstanding academic performance.”

Speaking to THE NEW TODAY on Tuesday, the former TA Marryshow Community (TAMCC) top student said that right now he is trying to ensure that there is a good balance between his involvement in sports as a soccer player and academics.

On his honours list achievement, the Mt Rush, St George’s resident said: “It’s always a good feeling to realise that your hard work is being credited for. Certainly (it) just pushes me to do better and to keep on doing the best I can, even trying to be successful and trying to do the right things.”

Prior to leaving Grenada, Ronaldo had indicated that he intended to pursue studies in the field of Accounting but is now concentrating on Economics as his major and Accountancy as his minor.

Asked why the change, he said: “I always wanted to do Economics but never really got the chance. Even in college (TAMCC) I wanted to do it and they told me that I couldn’t do it as I never did it for CXC but when I got the chance up here I took it. It’s going great honestly.”

The young Joseph has represented Grenada at the U-15, U-17 and U-20 levels, and also played for the Queen’s Park Rangers for over 10 years but is currently associated with Fontenoy United but is now attached to the Western Illinois University Leathernecks soccer team.

Ronaldo has an impressive academic record from Westmorland Secondary School with 10 CXC subjects and was short-listed for the 2019 T.A Marryshow Memorial Award for outstanding students across the island.

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