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This Week We Feature Young Professional Argel A. Horton

“I graduated from Robinson O'Neal, third of my class. I graduated with a Grade 1 at Bregado Flax Educational Centre Secondary Division (1998-2003) and went on to receive my Associate’s Degree in General Science Concentration at the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC) in 2006. I then graduated cum laude at the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) 2010-2013 with a Bachelor's Degree in Marine Biology,” she said. Photo: Provided
This Week We Feature Young Professional Argel A. Horton. Photo: Provided
This Week We Feature Young Professional Argel A. Horton. Photo: Provided
Our Young Professional for this week sharing the Thanksgiving delights with the students of the Eslyn Henley Richez Learning Centre. Photo: Provided
Our Young Professional for this week sharing the Thanksgiving delights with the students of the Eslyn Henley Richez Learning Centre. Photo: Provided
Sharing precious moments with someone who means the world to her. Photo: Provided
Sharing precious moments with someone who means the world to her. Photo: Provided
Our Young Professional is a trained marine biologist. Here she is seen doing the things she loves best. Photo: Provided
Our Young Professional is a trained marine biologist. Here she is seen doing the things she loves best. Photo: Provided
Her advice to youths is, “never give up on your goals and aspirations. The road to success is never an easy one and you will find that in order to reach that goal, you will have to take some stepping stones in order to get there. Stay strong and stay determined.” Photo: Provided
Her advice to youths is, “never give up on your goals and aspirations. The road to success is never an easy one and you will find that in order to reach that goal, you will have to take some stepping stones in order to get there. Stay strong and stay determined.” Photo: Provided
By Nikolai J. Earle

Our Young Professional this week is 29 year old Argel A. Horton of North Sound, Virgin Gorda, a trained marine biologist born to parents Alvin and Yvonne Horton, who not only feels a duty of care for the environment but also wants to teach others how they can contribute to enhancing and protecting their natural surroundings.

Already armed with an Associate's and a Bachelor’s Degree she also aspires to continue her education up to the level of a Doctorate.

Around 2007 prior to her completing her Bachelor’s Degree, Horton commenced working at the Department of Conservation and Fisheries where she was employed as an Executive Officer.

“It wasn’t the job I wanted but I stuck with it as it was the Department I wanted to be in. To me, it was the path I needed to go in order to reach the ultimate goal. Within three years of being in the position, I became permanent and pensionable and I quickly applied and successful obtained a full study leave scholarship in 2010,” she said.

“I was confirmed to the post of a Marine Biologist at the Conservation and Fisheries Department as of July 2014,” she said.

Noting that she was not necessarily an A student, Horton worked assiduously to achieve her goals academically. She reflected on her early days which she feels shaped her into what she is today.

“Growing up I was a tom boy,” she told this news site. “I remember having a tight bond with my elder brother, playing sword fights with sticks. I looked up to my brother and enjoyed the times we spent together,” she reminisced.

“Whatever my brother got during the Christmas time my mother had to make sure she bought two of the same items. I was never a Barbie type of girl. When my younger sister was born, I had to grow up very quickly in order to assist my mother in taking care of my little sister and with chores around the home,” our Young Professional recalls.

She told us that despite her many responsibilities at a young age, she did well in school. “I wouldn't say that I was a straight A student, there were some B's along the way. My favourite subject in high school was history. I love reading about past civilizations and how they have shaped various societies today. I remember wanting to become an Egyptologist, studying the ancient pyramids but that quickly changed when I learned about my ophidiophobia (fear of snakes).

“I graduated from Robinson O'Neal Primary School third of my class. I graduated with a Grade 1 at Bregado Flax Educational Centre Secondary Division (1998-2003) and went on to receive my Associate’s Degree in General Science Concentration at the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC) in 2006. I then graduated cum laude at the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) 2010-2013 with a Bachelor's Degree in Marine Biology,” she said.

Asked what ideals motivated her to take the direction she has in terms of her education, she said, “I've always loved the sea. My father is captain and fisherman and would often take me out to sea with him. With the ocean breeze pressed against my face and the salty sea splashing on me, I couldn’t resist. I also used to watch hours on end of Disney's Little Mermaid and often my mother used to call me a mermaid whenever we go to the beach as she was never able to get me out of the water.”

Horton knew that she wanted to work in an ocean environment and not be an office worker. “I started to look at people within the community for mentorship, and I found that within Dr. Cassandra O'Neal-Titley where I admired her work ethics and the passion she has for the environment. I knew that she was a great person to start with,” she said.

She noted that Dr. O’Neal-Titley was also her advisor at HLSCC. “I obtained an Associate’s Degree in the General Science concentration as there were no Marine Biology degrees at that time.”

Horton called her family and her daughter Kort'ne her motivation. “There were many times at UVI when I wanted to give up, where I wanted to go home and see my little girl. But as much as I missed her, all the headaches and [struggles] I endured during school I was doing it all for her. I wanted her to have the childhood that I had. I wanted her to be able to see the various ocean life my father showed me when I was growing up,” she said.

Our Young Professional said that completing her Bachelor's Degree at UVI was just a stepping stone.

“Now I have reached my goal of a Marine Biologist, I question myself and wonder where do I see myself in the next 10 years? My next goal is diverse at the moment. Being at my job I travel on ocean-going ships and conducting research and I enjoy it. So, I am thinking of becoming an ocean explorer, mapping out the world's oceans. My other job goals are to become a Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour or the Chief Conservation and Fisheries Officer,” said our Young Professional. “I would like to obtain my Ph.D. within ocean studies,” she said.

Horton said that her academic life has indeed provided her with the background information that she needed to understand the various marine ecosystems and their various behaviour. “It provided me with the critical knowledge in how to conduct various research and apply it in writing. This is useful knowledge when presenting the various individuals (young and old) about environment concerns. People are becoming more environmentally aware and would like to assist to protect the environment,” she said.

She is of the view that persons in her community and others need to rely less on government for certain services that they as a community could come together and accomplish. “In my profession, I've notice that people are very dependent on the Government to accomplish things. I would love to see the community working together to accomplish their various tasks. Let’s come together and ensure the cleanliness of our environment,” Horton said.

Our Young Professional is also an active member of the Rotaract Club of Virgin Gorda serving in the position as Club Secretary. She said that since the club was chartered in February 2013 they have implemented various community services on Virgin Gorda. “My involvement with Rotaract has kept me busy, however despite being a busy body I still make time for my little girl,” she said.

Her advice to youths is, “never give up on your goals and aspirations." She said that the road to success is never an easy one and that there are stumbling blocks along the way. But she advised them to "stay strong and stay determined.”

29 Responses to “This Week We Feature Young Professional Argel A. Horton”

  • dd (12/12/2014, 08:54) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Great another top rated pick
  • Ryan (12/12/2014, 09:08) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congrats Miss Horton on your achievements thus far, continue working hard and much success to you as you continue your journey!
  • Fellow rotaractor (12/12/2014, 09:11) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
  • Rota Fam (12/12/2014, 09:15) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congratulations Argel!!
  • Rota Love (12/12/2014, 09:16) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    This young lady is a great pick for young professional........... she has alot to shear and show the BVI what she can do. Much luv Argy!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Ms. Smith (12/12/2014, 10:05) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Argel, congratulations! You are one of the few marine biologists in the region and I salute you for your accomplishments. Go Bucs!
  • ADRR (12/12/2014, 10:17) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Wonderful choice VINO! Young people doing great things! Big up yuhself mi love!
  • qc (12/12/2014, 10:51) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Oh yea another local on the high way to success kudos argel
  • Hubba Hubba (12/12/2014, 10:54) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    WOW!! She is beautiful! Congrats...
  • Fellow mermaid (12/12/2014, 11:24) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Love you Argel, this is wonderful! Such a great article, so proud of you!!! Jamie
  • Subrena (12/12/2014, 12:32) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Of course you will remember little mermaid and let's not forget our cheesecake days! Argel, I am so glad and proud to see the person who you have become today. I am blessed to call you a friend and even more so a cousin. We were raised in such a small community but it's great to see how we've accomplished great things. I LOVE YOU lil big cuz....hugs and kisses.
  • Joc (12/12/2014, 12:48) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    really enjoyed this one!
  • thewink07 (12/12/2014, 13:25) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    The Little Mermaid I see...I guess I'll have to purchase that for the club's next movie night lol lol great read, thoroughly enjoyed it.
  • mother (12/12/2014, 16:32) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am so proud of all your accomplishments Argel. Keep striving your greatness and with God's help all things are possible
  • VG (12/12/2014, 17:31) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Awesome article. Congratulations Argel
  • north sound (12/12/2014, 18:20) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Such a wonderful person inside and out. Congratulations Argel.
  • weed (12/12/2014, 21:25) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    and she is a nice prson too go Argel
  • rockcity (12/12/2014, 21:49) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    OMG! I'm so proud of you. Missing my classmate. Keep accomplishing great things mermaid
  • slim chick (12/12/2014, 21:50) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congrats girl
  • Rotaract (12/12/2014, 21:52) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    So proud of my fellow Rotaractor. Your shinning bright. Keep up the good work.
  • Sookie (12/12/2014, 22:45) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congrats Ash. You see all of your hard work has paid off. Keep it coming.
  • Auntie (12/12/2014, 23:50) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congrats Argel....very proud of you
  • top dog (13/12/2014, 03:50) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Yes my sweet niece keep going

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  • mother hen (13/12/2014, 20:09) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    i feel good about the bvi youths congrats Ms. Horton
  • Cuz (13/12/2014, 23:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congrats Argel...love you
  • teach (14/12/2014, 08:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    What a wonderful article. Congrats Ms. Horton
  • Rotafeli (15/12/2014, 00:40) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Yes Argel!!! Keep it up! Great choice vino. Such a hard worker, advocate, environmentalist and just a fun-loving gyal!!!
  • Love (15/12/2014, 20:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I'm so glad to see young people being active in the community. Great message Ms. Horton. Great article VINO.
  • cousin (15/12/2014, 21:53) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I'm so proud of all of your accomplishments. Congratulations! Keep up the good work


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