Meliseanna Gibbons earned a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Psychobiology, a Music minor with a specialisation in pre-med with university honours from La Sierra University California during their commencement exercises on June 19, 2011. She graduated cum laude.
Ms Gibbons received the Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, earned the Dean's List for Academic Honours several times and the Outstanding Senior Alumni Award from the University for 2011. She was a recipient of the Richard Christian Niles Scholarship for academic excellence and the 2011 Academic award for psychology. She was inducted into the National Honour Society in Psychology Psi Chi for outstanding scholastic Achievement and Excellence and was Co President for 2009-2010. She was Social Vice President of the Black Student Association 2008-2009. She volunteered for the university's mission trips to Mexico and among the Navajo Indians in Arizona.
A 2006 Saltus graduate, Ms Gibbons was the recipient of the Bermuda Government Ministry of Education Scholarship Award in 2006, the Fessenden-Trott Scholarship and the Nicholl Scholarship for 2009. She would like to thank these institutions for their generous contributions.
Attending the graduation from Bermuda were her parents. Dr Sydney and Katherina Gibbons, her sister and brother Mystere and Gianluca, her grandmother Miriam Wade, aunt and uncle Dr Royland and Shawnarika Samms along with their children Jordan and Reyna.
In August, Ms Gibbons will travel to Campo Verde, in the Amazon jungle basin of north-eastern Peru for a year. She will be assisting in the AMOR Project (Ambassadors' Medical Outreach & Relief), to provide medical and dental services to the extreme poor of the region, before beginning her medical studies in the US next year.