Manning's High School Student aces CSEC
Sixteen-year-old Amanda Beckford credits her outstanding success in the recent Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations to early preparation and hard work.
The petite, soft-spoken and enthusiastic Manning's School student passed 10 subjects at grade one, eight of which she did at one sitting.
"Early preparation is key," she noted when asked about her success. "You have to start studying early, make notes, put them in order and have a positive attitude."
Beckford, however, pointed out that she had to put in late night studying and sometimes in the early mornings as well. She sat mathematics, English language, chemistry , biology, physics, Spanish, information technology and agricultural science in the June CXC. Beckford took social studies and principles of business the previous year.
She acknowledged the support of her teachers and mother, Norine Morris, as critical to her success.
"My mother is always around, supporting me and encouraging me. She also helps to calm me down whenever I get anxious," she said.
A Seventh-day Adventist in the Foot Prints SDA Church in Savanna-La-Mar, Westmoreland, Beckford said that she always kept a song in heart - Never Give Up - and held fast to the words.
Her mother said that she is proud of her daughter's success. "It has proven that hard work really pays off and according to Philippians 4:13 - 'I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me'," said the mother of two.
Morris also disclosed that she played an active role in the preparation of her daughter for CSEC. This, she said, included going through her textbooks and making notes and putting them on index cards. She would then use these notes to quiz her daughter.
"I literally carried her on my back. I carried her in terms of getting the resources so that she would do well," said the resident of the rural community of Farm Pen in Llandilo, Westmoreland.
She, however, noted that she closely monitored her daughter and kept her away from distractions such as the cell phones and social media.
"The devices that are counterproductive, such as the cell phone, she was not allowed to own. She had the use of the Internet, but it was used to enhance her education such as to assist with her SBAs (school-based assessments)," she said.
Now in lower-sixth form at Manning's School where she is pursuing her Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examin-ation subjects, Beckford is one step closer to achieving her dream of becoming a medical doctor.
"My career goal is to become a medical doctor so that I can help the sick and indigent," she declared.