News Release: HAMILTON, Bermuda – AXA XL, the P&C and specialty risk division of AXA SA (“AXA”), today announced that the 2021 AXA XL Scholarshiphas beenawarded to BermudaNationalDebate TeamCaptain andrecently graduated SaltusGrammar School HeadPrefect Ywione Darrell.
The AXA XL Scholarship is a four-year full scholarship open to students who are Bermudian or hold Permanent Resident Certificate status and are working toward a degree in (re)insurance industry related studies.
Eighteen-year-old Ywione is the son of Onika Darrell and the grandson of McLeitha Darrell of Paget.
He is also the grandson of Keith Richardson and the great nephew of Melinda Williams of Hamilton Parish. He was selected from a list of more than 30 applicants for the scholarship.
Ywione, who will be majoring in Economics at King’s College London in the UK, starting in September, plans to obtain a Political Economy degree.
Described by a Saltus advisor as “a genuine allrounder”, Ywione excelled academically throughout histime at the school. In his final year, despite juggling a full and demanding workload, he ranked in the Upper 10 percent of his year group as he achieved an overall GPA of 3.93 out of 4 and earned “A” and above in all 9 IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) examinations, including Mathematics, Economics, English Language, English Literature, History, Chemistry, Physics, French and Spanish. He also received high AP (Advanced Placement) grades, scoring 5 (the highest mark) in six of eight subjects such as Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, English Literature and
Composition and English Language and Composition, earning him an AP Scholar with Distinction Award.
Ywione graduated with distinction and received six prizes: PwC Bermuda Headstart Award of Excellence for being the most promising student in Economics, Business and Accounts, The Michelle Outerbridge Award for Debate for contribution to both debating and the school in general, and subject prizesforAP Macroeconomics, APUS History, AP French and Philosophy and Ethics.
In addition to his academic achievements,Ywione was selected Head Prefect by his peers and teachers after campaigning to bring more internship and mentoring opportunities to students. He has also been involved in a variety of extra-curricular activities. This includes track and field, football, volleyball, Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh Awards, Saltus’ Drama Ensemble, and the school’s Gold Key (Student Ambassador) program. He has also served as the student coach for senior and middle school debate teams at Saltus. This year,he attracted his largest group of middleschool debaters since his appointment and played an instrumental role in preparing them for the Bermuda Debate Society’s National Tournament.