Tamar tops her class

shadiasimpson, shadiasimpson@nationnews.com

Added 05 November 2012

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BEING THE LONE woman doing the plumbing course at the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic did not faze Tamar Phillips. The determined  25-year-old mother  of a six-year-old girl  had a goal in mind and she accomplished it. She emerged at the  top in her class and  was the valedictorian  at the graduation ceremony on Saturday  in the Wildey Gymnasium of the Garfield Sobers Sports Complex. “I wanted to learn  a skill in the construction field. I was a secretary in a small plumbing firm and I found I liked it,” she said. Phillips said while  she was not the only woman to pursue plumbing, she was  the only one this year  in her class, but the  men had been very supportive and helped  her through the  difficult parts. She said her  daughter Takiyah was among those who kept  her focused. “I feel good right now and will return to do architectural draughting. I want to do something in construction, maybe become a draughtsperson,”  she said. (CA)

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