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Best friends earn similar scores and placement

Published:Thursday | June 22, 2017 | 6:00 AMCecelia Campbell-Livingston
Cecelia Campbell-Livingston photo Friends Kaysian Brown (left) and Doneka Edwards are all set for Glenmuir High School.

Best friends earn similar scores and placement

Free Town Primary School students Doneka Edwards and Kaysian Brown have been friends for a while. Having sat the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) this year, they both had their hearts set on attending St Jago High School - and they were both placed at Glenmuir High!

While most students would give anything to attend that institution, they describe the upcoming experience for them as "happy and sad".

Edwards, who lives in Nineteen Mile, said she had her heart set on attending St Jago as they have a strong netball programme - a sport she really enjoys.

"I was kinda happy and kinda sad, because I wanted to go to St Jago to be a part of their netball programme," she said.

Meanwhile, Brown, a resident of Longville Park, wanted to follow in her mother Sylvia Gordon's footsteps.

"I wanted to go to the school my mother attended," she told The Gleaner.

The friends, who earned high 80s and 90s in their subjects, are giving thanks to their parents and their teachers.

For Brown, she goes home to extra lessons from her mother, who is also a teacher.

"She would have exercises for me to do on the various subjects on different days of the week. Then she would sit down with me and we go over the answers together," she said, while also thanking her teacher, Rhona Pryce, for the diligent efforts at school.

Edwards said her father is vigilant in her maintaining a balance between schoolwork and the television. "He ensures I don't watch too much TV and focus on my schoolwork in-between," she said.

The girls, who are now looking forward to their high school journey come September, are approaching it with two different mindsets.

Brown admitted to being a bit scared of the upcoming prospect, but expressed confidence in her mother's ability to help her over any rough patches, while Edwards is just taking things one day at a time.

Regarding their future career goals, Brown has her heart set on being a paediatrician, as her desire is to help children, while Edwards is torn between being a nurse and a lawyer.

"I want to help the sick, and the conflict with being a lawyer is that I also want to help people who are innocent to go free," she said with a smile.