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A grateful mom praises God for son's GSAT result

Published:Thursday | June 23, 2016 | 6:00 AM
Paul Martin

Paul Martin is heading to the prestigious Ardenne High School after achieving a 95.2 per cent average in this year's Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT).

The St Thomas resident told The Gleaner that he was drawn to the St Andrew-based institution because of what he described as the school's good balance between both academic and extra-curricular activities.

"I heard that they have a good basketball team and I love to play basketball. They also have a good quiz team, and I heard that they are very good in drama, which is good for me because in the future I want to become an actor," he said.

"I knew Ardenne would be a good choice and so when I got my results I was very happy," he continued.

In reflecting on his preparations for the exam, Paul, who attends the Sankofa Preparatory and Learning Centre in St Thomas, said although he dreaded going to classes on the weekends, he is now happy that he did.

"I had to wake up to go to extra lessons on Saturdays by 6 o'clock, when I would prefer to be sleeping," he said.

His mother, Shelly-Ann Thompson, said the results led her into a time of worship.

"My co-workers can tell you. When I heard the results, I started crying and went into a period of worship because it has been two months of waiting. I was very happy," Thompson said.

"I am not surprised about his grades and his performance because he has always been an 'A' student. My son is very focused, extremely confident, extremely competitive and he likes to win. I am proud of him, and I am happy he got the school of his choice," she said.