Top GSAT, CSEC achievers honoured
Carl Gilchrist, Gleaner Writer
Top GSAT and CSEC achievers at schools in north east St Ann were honoured at the third annual Achievers Luncheon put on by member of parliament Dr Dayton Campbell.
Top performing boys and girls from 14 primary and 10 prep schools were honoured for their GSAT achievements, as well as top CSEC performers from three high schools.
The top boy and girl from schools on the PATH programme, along with 53 students at the tertiary level, were similarly honoured.
The students were given trophies, book vouchers, and cash grants, the money going directly to the school.
At the high-school level,students were each given $20,000 to $10,000 in vouchers and $10,000 to the school to pay fees; the tertiary students were given the same amount while the GSAT students were given half that amount.
Among the top achievers were Fitzroy Wickham of York Castle who got 12 passes in the CSEC exams, including 11 distinctions and a grade one.
Wickham, who hails from Orange Hill in Brown's Town and attended Brown's Town primary, passed physics, mathematics, additional maths, English language, English literature, biology, chemistry, human and social biology, Spanish, information technology, Caribbean history and religious education.
He heads to Campion College to do sixth form in his quest to become a neurosurgeon.
"I fell in love with the brain and its uniqueness; that's why I chose (to be a) neurosurgeon. I have wanted to become a neurosurgeon from I was about 10 years old," he stated. He was grateful for the award, and so, too, his mother, Florence Wickham.
"Every mickle mek a muckle and I'm saying for Mr Campbell to do something for the children of St Ann, it's a good thing and I'm saying all the parents and students appreciate it," Wickham said.
Another mother, Grace-Ann Lewars, whose daughter, Calesia Green, emerged top girl at Lower Buxton all Age and goes to Brown's Town high, was grateful.
"What we're getting today will go a long way," Lewars told Rural Xpress.
Calesia was similarly thankful.
"I would like to say thanks (to Dr Campbell) for providing help for me. I promise to work hard that my mother can be proud."
At little-known Philadelphia primary, Kashay Brown emerged top-performing girl in the GSAT exam at that school and heads to her first choice, Knox College in Spalding, Clarendon. She aims to become a marine biologist, astronomer or "some type of scientist" as she really loves science, she said.
A proud mom, Marcia Robinson was happy for the assistance.
"I'm very grateful for it, honestly, because I'm a single parent and it helps a lot. I'm very grateful for it," Robinson admitted.
Using Kashay as an example, Dr Campbell said students can excel at whichever school they attend.
"And we have a few of them who are heading off to Munro and to schools all over the island," Campbell said.
"We want to encourage these students so they can believe in themselves, knowing that at no point in time they should allow their past to be greater than their dreams. They have to continue dreaming and working hard so that they can achieve whatever it is they put their minds to."
The occasion marks a continuation of Campbell's support of education in his constituency which also involves skills-training programmes that are affecting more than 850 persons, and a night school that is targeting more than 400 persons.