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December 11, 2009
Daughter of the soil passes the Bar in New York and Connecticut

Astra Kamala Williams recently graduated and passed the Bar in New York and Connecticut. Astra is the first daughter of businessman Cuthbert ‘Cuddie’ Williams and teacher Marilyn Balfour-Williams (originally from Canouan).{{more}}

Astra grew up in Buccament and Cane Garden. She attended the Kingstown Preparatory School and still has fond memories of her days spent there. In particular, she remembers the contribution made to her early childhood education by Ms. Nicolas, Ms. Walker and Mr. Holder. This is the formidable foundation that enabled her to build and establish her advanced formal education.

At age nine she migrated to the USA where she completed her elementary education. She then entered and graduated from Brooklyn Tech, a leading institution there. Hunter University was her next stop, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science.

Still not satisfied with that milestone, Astra went on to gain her Master’s in Urban Affairs. She then decided to pursue a legal career and attended the Brooklyn Law School. She graduated in July and went on to write the Bar Association examinations in New York and Connecticut. She, of course, passed both of these exams with flying colours … as expected.

Astra is the grand daughter of the late Carlton Williams (former Chief Agricultural Officer) and the late Priscilla Williams (social worker and teacher). And as the saying goes: the apple does not fall too far from the tree. This is proven true since she shares her birthday with the Director of Public Prosecutions, Colin Williams, her uncle.

This daughter of the soil is anxiously looking forward to returning home to make her own positive contribution to the land of her birth.

Astra (A Star) loves to travel, and visits St. Vincent and the Grenadines as often as she can, and was home for Emancipation Month activities in August this year. Apart from her travels throughout the Caribbean she has also been to Africa twice, first to Egypt and more recently to Ghana.

We wish her all the best in her future career.