Sun | Aug 20, 2017

Striving to make life easier for family

Published:Wednesday | August 27, 2014 | 8:00 AM
I will continue to study and work hard to pass all my tests. - Antovoy Spencer

Gary Spaulding, Senior Gleaner Writer

Antovoy Spencer plans to spend the next five years at St Jago High School in Spanish Town, St Catherine, studying hard, with the goal of making life easier for his family as he did the last six years metres away at his old stomping ground, Spanish Town Primary.

The 12-year-old has surmounted numerous obstacles created by a disability that has afflicted his mother, Lorraine Spencer, to score an average of 86 per cent in the 2014 Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT), landing him a place at St Jago.

"I feel great, thanks to all who made this possible!" gushed Antovoy. "I will continue to study and work hard to pass all my tests."

Antovoy disclosed that the GSAT was "kinda easy" as he had studied hard and did his best on the two crucial days in March 2014.

With his father, Anthony Spencer, out of a job and being unable to fend for his family as he would have desired, Antovoy's sister, Renae Spencer, had to assume the role of caregiver.

GRATEFUL FOR ASSISTANCE

Renae appeared taken aback when The Gleaner contacted her but recovered to express heartfelt thanks for the assistance that has come her brother's way.

"It feels wonderful as it will go a far way in assisting with his education," she said.

Antovoy has been registered under the Programme of Advance-ment Through Health and Education, which ensures that he benefits from lunch on school days.

Although he resides in the volatile Old Harbour Road area on the outskirts of the Old Capital, this has not served as a deterrent to the well-spoken pre-teen.

Antovoy may not have been able to attend school as regularly as he would have liked because of the lack of much-needed resources and living in a violence-infested area, but he has vowed that his challenges will not stop him from achieving in the future because they did not hinder him in the past.

As he looks forward to life at St Jago, he is already harbouring hopes of playing football for his new school when the time comes.