Young Dominican graduates with highest music award from top boarding school in US

18-year-old Jarett Jean Jacques has graduated from Choate Rosemary Hall, one of the most prestigious and highest-ranked boarding schools in the United States, with the institution’s highest music award, the Hicks Lawrence prize for overall excellence in music.

Jarett entered Choate in 2019 on a full scholarship and a position as a Head’s Scholar. Jarett was selected during the admissions process by the head of school among ten of the most outstanding students in various disciplines for his academic and musical ability. He was able to participate in the unique programme called Arts Concentration. Despite the fact that first-year students are ineligible to apply for that programme, Jarett got in as a new student.

During his time at the school, Jarett was taught by professional musicians on trumpet, saxophone, and classical and jazz piano. He auditioned for most ensembles as extracurricular activity, winning the principal chair position in each. The ensembles included Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Chamber Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, and Jazz Combo. In addition, he also formed his own jazz band performing at school and other venues regularly. As a member of the Symphony Orchestra, Jarett performed at the John F. Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts, one of the most frequently visited performing arts centres in the US.

He has since been accepted into the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music, a renowned conservatory, to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education on a full scholarship.

There is no doubt that Jarett will continue to excel on his musical journey and make his family and Dominica extremely proud in the years to come.

Jarrett is the son of Marlene and Norman Jean Jacques of Wall House.

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13 Comments

  1. Dr Fitzroy Armour
    June 23, 2022

    May Almighty God continue to bless you

  2. June 22, 2022

    Congratulations to you Jarret for your continued excellence in your music and academic career.
    Congratulations to the proud parents who guided you and to the Christian School of Music in Dominica, and it’s staff, which nurtured your talent.
    I really enjoyed the many occasions that you shared your musical talent with us in the Roseau Cathedral Chapel.
    As you grow your gift from God, May you also continue your growth in the Spirit.
    Once more congratulations and abundant Blessings.
    Norris Prevost

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  3. Mark
    June 22, 2022

    So very happy for Jarett – and his wonderful parents.

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  4. Iamanidiot
    June 21, 2022

    Congrats, seems like a lot of accomplishment under your belt

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  5. Braindamage
    June 21, 2022

    Congratulations to you Jarett !!
    Keep up the good work..

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  6. I Lie?
    June 21, 2022

    Congrats and all the best young man!!! As a parent of recent Choate and Andover graduates, I can attest that your achievements are worth celebrating and lauding.

    The road to outstanding academic excellence for minority students at the “elite institutions” is not always paved as evenly as it is for others and often requires a herculean effort to navigate and excel.

    Based on your stellar accomplishments thus far, it appears that you are doing very well at figuring out how to maximize your God given talents.

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  7. Juanita
    June 21, 2022

    Way to go young man! Congratulations on your sterling achievements. Blessings and best wishes in your future endeavors.

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  8. Jean Marie Royer
    June 21, 2022

    The spirit of excellence is upon this young man and Dominica wish him well. Bravo! we applaud your genius.

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  9. John Woolman
    June 21, 2022

    This type of story is usually about some kid that got good grades at an obscure college. This is way different. Choate is like the Harvard or Oxford of secondary schools in America. The scholarship he attended with is worth about $175,000ec per year. Ivanka Trump and JFK went to school there.

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    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      June 22, 2022

      All this excitement over an 18-year-old finishing high school, this boy does not have a college education; now is the time he should be registered in either a two-year community college, four college, or university, if he possesses what it takes to passing the entrance requirements.
      What he has does not even represent the regular GED in America, although at choate they teach math, and subjects in humanities ect!
      Music certificate could be earned in high school in Dominica in the past, Lennox Linton mother the late; taught music in school in Dominica among other subjects.

      I am not criticizing the kid, but rather than going overboard over nothing is not worth it.
      He should be in college at this point and time of his life!

      One can’t make a living in Dominica playing music; in America many are in the music business staving!

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      • CiA
        June 24, 2022

        Maybe you should look up this Genius.
        He has excelled in every single subject from a small primary school child.
        From 7 years he performed on Dominica’s and some Caribbean stages with 4 instruments.
        He is right on track to his next step of exemplary education for his age.

        What makes you think he wants to make money in Dominica playing music… the entire earth is his stage right now.
        Jarrett is blessed, his parents unwavering supports and loving faultless parents.. his schools and communities have all been in awe throughout his young life.

        He is simply the kind of young example, an outstanding human who we must celebrate because he HAS made huge achievements.

        I am honoured to say I know and congratulate and celebrate this young man. So go look him up!

  10. Bird
    June 21, 2022

    Another outstanding Dominica.

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