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York Castle top students score big in CSEC

Published:Wednesday | September 7, 2016 | 9:00 AMCarl Gilchrist
Andrea Spencer accepts her award from Trevor Cole.
Chanoye Lee, top student at York Castle High School.
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Chanoye Lee and Andrea Spencer emerged top male and female students at York Castle High School in Brown's Town, St Ann for 2016.

Lee overcame the tragedy of losing his dad earlier this year to emerge the top student overall, scoring nine grade ones in his 10 CSEC passes, along with a grade three in a Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) subject, while Spencer earned seven grade ones in her 10 CSEC subjects.

Lee earned grade one passes in biology, chemistry, human and social biology, physics, principles of accounts, principles of business, social studies, English Language and mathematics. He earned a grade three in additional maths and also in communications studies in the CAPE exams.

"It's really great knowing that I got some good results, I put in much effort over the five years. I have achieved what I set out to do and I'll be seeking further success," a confident sounding Lee told The Gleaner via telephone.

He continues his studies at sixth form at York Castle. Lee, a sport loving student, said he wants to study medicine.

He had grateful words for his teachers and family.

"My dad passed earlier this year so I had to get over that, but my mother has been really supportive and all my teachers were really great, they were always there to help. My friends also motivated me a lot."

Meanwhile, hard work and added motivation from her mother earned Spencer some good passes, also.

Spencer scored grade ones in English Language, English Literature, physics, mathematics, biology, chemistry and Spanish, and grade two passes in communication studies, additional mathematics and social studies.

"I feel quite proud," Spencer told The Gleaner. "Even though I'm still a little disappointed, especially with social studies," she admitted.

She wanted all grade ones, it emerged.

Nevertheless, her excellent passes have put her in good stead as she tries to determine her career path. She is now in sixth form at York Castle.

"I might become a forensic scientist or a pathologist or a mathematician, who knows," she said.

Her mother, Carleen Daley Dixon, shared the joy of her daughter's success, but she too expected better.

"When I heard (the results), I felt very good, but in everything that's good, there is always better," she pointed out. "If you can give a hundred the it means it can be 100 plus, But it was extremely good work and I'm proud of her and she will continue to excel with God's help."