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Top GSAT boy grateful after receiving Scotia scholarship

Published:Tuesday | July 26, 2016 | 12:00 AM
In this file photo Jonathan Morgan (third from left), head boy of Hosanna Preparatory School in Montego Bay, St James, with his grade six teacher, Shammy Green-Dawkins (second right); and the school’s other four top-performing students (from left) Joshua Waite, Anaijha Powell, Nathan Morris, and Jada Glenn.

The recent Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) undertaken by 39,129 students this year has seen some 125 top performers receiving scholarships funded by the Government, as well as several private-sector entities. The Scotiabank Jamaica Foundation has awarded this year's top-performing male in the examinations, Jonathan Morgan, who was a student and also head boy of Hosanna Preparatory School in Montego Bay.

Morgan received 100 per cent in all five core subjects in the examinations and will attend Campion College in September.

The top male achiever described his experience in preparing for the examinations as one that required sacrifice.

"I like to watch TV and browse the Web, but during GSAT time, I had to cut down on browsing the Web and watching the TV," the 12-year-old said.

The youngster also noted that the key factor to his success was consistent revision.

"Pay attention in class and read over your notes," he said, in encouragement to other students.


Humbling experience


The youngster, asked by The Gleaner about his feelings upon realising that he was this year's recipient of the scholarship, described the achievement as a most humbling experience. "I was very very thankful and grateful that I achieved this scholarship."

The two top girls in the country were Alicia Holmes from Hillel Academy, who will attend Campion College, and Flaneil Plummer from New Forest Primary and Junior High, who will attend Hampton School for Girls.

Hosanna Preparatory is among the many schools this year to have students receive scholarships. It boasts four awardees this year, including the prestigious Scotiabank Foundation top male achiever scholarship. Jessie Ripoll had the most recipients, with five students, and Sts Peter and Paul Preparatory had four recipients.

- Mikolia Douglas and Jiore Moore-Gayle