Young Achiever: Ethan honours family name
Ethan Fubler is only 17, but looking forward to completing his Associate's Degree in Business Administration from Bermuda College next year.
The keen student has won recognition at every CedarBridge Academy annual prize giving since he entered the school. Ethan credits his achievement in part to the standards set by his seven older siblings.
“I try to live up to the Fubler name,” said the S4 student, who is the eighth out of ten siblings, all of whom were CedarBridge honour students as well.
Ethan excelled academically throughout Somerset Primary and then at Sandys Secondary Middle School before joining his siblings at CedarBridge.
Eventually he followed in their footsteps by joining the dual enrolment programme during S3.
“His eldest sister set the standard,” Ethan's mother, Catherine Fubler said. “But they have an ongoing sibling rivalry that motivates them all.”
“I've pretty much been full time at the college since I started, so I hardly even go to CedarBridge any more,” explained Ethan, who hopes to join the workforce after earning his degree.
He added: “I don't know specifically what I want to do yet, but I definitely want to do something in business.”
Enrolled in the Business Administration Programme at the Bermuda College, Ethan takes classes in economics, maths, and psychology.
For his final prize giving, Ethan said, “it felt good to be recognised — it was definitely reassuring”.
“You could be doing all this hard work and still go unnoticed; knowing that what you're doing is being seen feels nice.”
Ethan's top motivation through schooling has been his family.
He said: “My family has always been high achievers, doing well in school.
“We all went to the same schools, so going into each school the teachers already know you basically.
“They say, ‘you're a Fubler, I know what you're capable of and I know what I expect from you', because my sisters and brothers have set a standard from the start.”
But the Fubler legacy does not come with pressure.
“I don't get stressed about it, I just let it motivate me and try to do my best,” Ethan told The Royal Gazette. Teachers and parents often ask Ms Fubler how her children became such high achievers.
She said: “I just tell my children to do what makes them happy.
“Whether that may be joining the work force, pursuing further schooling, travelling the world for a year, whatever brings them happiness.
“I've never insisted they get straight As. They motivate each other.”