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@ School – Elizabeth Tobierre

Elizabeth TobierreElizabeth Tobierre has set her sights on a top university and attaining the highest degree she possibly can. If her positive and confident attitude counts for anything she’ll reach that goal.

Tobierre says being a member of Delta GEMS program – Growing and Empowering Myself Successfully – a mentoring program for girls 14 to 18 sponsored by the Delta Sigma Theta sorority, helps her build self confidence.

“Through GEMS I have learned to empower myself as an African American girl in academics and individual areas,” Tobierre says. “We set plans and goals for ourselves to be successful ladies.”

“Elizabeth is a very brilliant young lady,” says Norda Munoz Davila, director of GEMS and Tobierre’s honors history teacher. “Whatever she sets her mind to she will accomplish.”

The petite senior class president of 2010 at St. Croix Educational Complex says she has always been strong minded and passionate about knowledge. As a second child, she says she was always trying to do as well as her older brother Greg Tobierre.

“I saw all the praise he got and I wanted praise too,” Tobierre says.

Tobierre, born on St. Croix and a resident of Frederiksted, is the daughter of Dorothy St. Rose and Joseph Tobierre.

“She is just amazing,” Joseph Tobierre says with a big smile. “She has changed my way of thinking about things like democracy. She is always in the books and doing research. From day one she has been an A student.”

Her ideas about democracy may have been shaped by her taking part this past summer in the national Junior Statesman program at Princeton University that taught her leadership skills.

She was in National Junior Honor Society and is in National Honor Society and National English Honor Society. Davila says Tobierre is probably in the top 10 in her class. She has also played a part at the local PBS station WTJX, appearing on the teen production show “Graffiti Street.”

Tobierre loves math and chemistry and when she gets to college plans to major in chemistry, specializing in medical research. She hopes to work internationally, helping communities in need in Africa, the Caribbean or South America. She also has considered becoming a policy maker.

“We need to formulate techniques to improve the standard of living in poor countries,” Tobierre says.

As far as college selection goes, she recently had an interview with Duke University that she says went well. “It will all depend on who gives the biggest financial award,” Tobierre says. “I am very anxious about what is going on in the admissions offices.”

Tobierre recommends GEMS for girls to get on the right path and take the challenge to succeed.

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