14 distinctions for Jenine Shepherd
The 16-year-old, since her days at the Vaz Preparatory School, has been a top student and continued on that same trajectory at the Campion College, where she gained 14 distinctions and a credit in the recent Caribbean Secondary Examination Certificate (CSEC) examinations.
Shepherd gave credit to her family, who she says is the driving force behind her achievements.
"When I see how hard my mother works, sometimes I cry because she has made a lot of sacrifices for me, and now that she is also in school, I am aware that finances are very tight, and so I am propelled daily to work even harder," she declared.
"I think what assisted me a whole lot is the fact that I don't wait for an exam to study. I make it a part of my daily activities to revise what I did in school. There are weeks when I have only had three hours of sleep because I am up studying, but when I saw the results I was reminded why I work so hard," she said.
Shepherd, who is also an active member in Key club, Spanish club and tennis, among other activities, said it is important that students do not only focus on academics.
"Being involved in extra activities at school has helped to broaden my horizon as well, and I think my peers should try to volunteer and serve in other areas, not just bookwork," said the sixth-form student.
Chardo Anderson, Shepherd's mother, was overwhelmed as she recalled the hard work her daughter displayed while preparing for her exams.
"It makes no sense you tell Jenine that she can't do anything because that's when she is going to try and prove a point. I was a bit sceptical when she told me the number of subjects she was doing, but she insisted that she was going to take on the challenge, and she delivered," she said.
"It's been hard work and selflessness, but as a mother I want nothing but the best for my daughter and she has indeed made me proud," Anderson declared.