Oh so close! - Arnav Chatani just one answer away from perfect GSAT score
UPTON, St Ann:
Arnav Chatani has done himself, his parents, and his school, United Learning Centre (ULC) in Upton, St Ann, proud by scoring an average of 99.6 in the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT).
Arnav, who is the head boy at ULC, had scores of 100 in all subject areas except science, in which he got 98.
"The hard work just paid off I guess, and God's grace," he told The Gleaner.
"I am extremely happy, even though I got the one wrong, it's still amazing. Although I passed for Campion, I'm going to follow in my brother's footstep, and go to the Heinz Simonitsch school in Montego Bay."
With God's grace, he added, he hopes to continue doing well at his new school.
Arnav says his career path may take him into business like his father, Ocho Rios businessman Sanju Chatani, or he could become a scientist, engineer, or a technologist.
Asked about tips for students sitting GSAT next year, Arnav offered this advice: "First and foremost, you have to work hard to achieve your goals, but nothing can be done without God's grace. You have to pray hard every day. Whatever you put in is what you get out."
School principal Deo Sam was happy for Arnav's outstanding score and also that of deputy head boy Jordan Hewitt, whose average is 99.4 and who is headed for Campion; and Kadie Gordon, 98.2, who is to attend St Hilda's.
Said Sam: "I'm happy to know they are performing as well as we would have expected, but with Arnav, he has been doing that all the time. He always sets his goals high and his parents support him and push him to reach that. So it's not surprising he would have got that score. I must congratulate him. He has made us proud."
Arnav's dad Sanju Chatani, said he is proud of his son's achievement.
"On behalf of my wife Krisha and myself, we are elated and overjoyed with our son Arnav's accomplishment in the GSAT," Chatani said.
"Our heartfelt thanks to (one of his grade six teachers) Mr Winston Moncrieffe, (principal) Mr Deo Sam, and the entire ULC faculty."