York Castle's Rodean Sylvester achieves eight grade ones
BROWN'S TOWN, St Ann:
York Castle High School's Rodean Sylvester leaves that institution in Brown's Town, St Ann with an impressive 10 Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations passes, all in grade ones.
Sylvester, who sat and gained grade one passes in Spanish and human and social biology last year while in fourth form, sat and passed eight additional subjects this year.
This year she passed English, mathematics, biology, physics, chemistry, accounts, information technology and social studies.
"She's an exceptional student," commented principal, Raymond Treasure. "She has been exceptional from she was at Ocho Rios primary, which is where most of our top students have come from over the years. From grade seven, she has maintained averages in the 90s and 80s. Last year when she passed CSEC Spanish in tenth grade, her score was among the top 10 best in Jamaica."
Sylvester told The Gleaner, that she wants to have a career in medicine: "I want to do something in the field of medicine, maybe biochemistry, or developing medicines from herbs and other plants."
She said she is intrinsically motivated and no one has to push her to study. She has taken her success in stride, showing appreciation to those who helped in her success
"Well, first, I must thank God because He's my Guide; without Him I'd be nothing," she started.
"And I must thank my mother because she has been there for me, motivating me, relieving me of my chores when I'm studying," she continued.
"And my teachers at York Castle, they are very good as well, they guide me every step of the way. If they see that I'm dropping back, they always tell me to pull up my socks. So, thanks to my family, my friends and God, everybody."
But, she confessed, when she saw her results, it was pure excitement.
"Oh my, I was overjoyed, I was elated. I was so happy that I jumped and kicked out the computer (cord). I couldn't believe! I just saw the ones going straight down. Then I saw all A's. I was so happy, I had to call my mother and tell her the good news. It sounded like she wanted to cry."
Her mother did cry.
"I felt good, I actually cried," her mother, Melrose Sylvester, told The Gleaner.
She said she expected good results as her daughter has always been focused on her education and is always aiming for excellence.
"She takes her education seriously. She actually told me, 'Mommy one way out of poverty is through education, and I'm working hard.' She loves God and she's a humble person."
Sylvester will begin sixth form at York Castle in September.