MIKEANN CHANNER, an exemplary student of the Mount Alvernia High School, St James, has made her mark with excellence in all her academic endeavours, including her nabbing regional recognition in three of her recent Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations.
Sixteen-year-old Mikeann's latest academic conquest was when she achieved 'A' grades in nine CSEC subjects - biology, chemistry, physics, English language, mathematics, information technology, religious education, principles of business, and Spanish. She placed in the top three in Jamaica and the Caribbean region for three of the exams she sat.
"I came first in Jamaica and in the Caribbean for principles of business," Mikeann outlined to The Gleaner. "I came first in Jamaica for information technology, for which I placed third in the Caribbean; and I came second in Jamaica and in the Caribbean for religious education."
Besides these grades and regional recognition, among the many academic awards Mikeann has copped are: the Kurian Cherian Award for Excellence in Biology; the Principal's Award for Excellence in chemistry and physics; the Helen Lindsay Award for Excellence in mathematics; and the Dr Horace Chang Award for Excellence in the sciences.
For Mikeann, who had expected to get at least one national prize for her CSEC performance, expressed that to receive such recognition in three subject areas was a great joy.
"I was elated, as I had set a goal to get at least one national prize, so when I got three, I was so excited," a clearly pleased Mikeann remarked.
Mikeann, who is currently in sixth form at Mount Alvernia, where she is pursuing the sciences, credited her milestones to the support she received from her mother and school family, and to the time she spent studying.
"My mother would push me, give me moral support ... she made sure I was comfortable, and ensured that my best is good enough," Mikeann explained. "I tried to study throughout the school year and I made sure to complete all my assignments. Two months before the exam, I really put in the studying."
Anita Banton, Mikeann's mother, described how she would sit up at nights with her daughter to keep her company during study sessions.
"My support was one of companionship; she liked that I was up with her, to be there for her, and also if there was any source material that I had to buy from the store ... she just needed for me to keep her company," Banton said of Mikeann. "She just asked for me not to sleep," the mother added with a brief chuckle.
Asked about her reaction to Mikeann's exam performance and results, Banton said: "I am very elated ... because she is the type of person who settles down and is focused."
Mikeann, who aspires to become an obstetrician gynaecologist, intends to further her studies upon leaving Mount Alvernia.
"I am planning to study abroad at an Ivy League school - Harvard University or University of Columbia - but I am not opposed to going to the University of the West Indies," Mikeann declared.