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Hosanna Preparatory maintains legacy of academic excellence

Published:Thursday | June 21, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas
From left: Shammy Green-Dawkins, Grade six teacher at Hosanna Preparatory School in Montego Bay; Noelle Simon, the school's top GSAT girl; Mikhail Bartley, the school's top GSAT boy; and Chantelle Duhaney, Grade six teacher.

WESTERN BUREAU:

The Hosanna Preparatory School in Montego Bay, St James, which has established its reputation for excellence in the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) over the years, recently upheld that reputation with stellar performances from students Mikhail Bartley and Noelle Simon.

During the final sitting of the GSAT, 11-year-old Mikhail became the school's top boy with a grade average of 97.1 per cent, only three points fewer than past student Jonathan Morgan, who attained a 100 per cent average when he sat the exam in 2016.

"It's amazing because I passed to go to my first choice of high school," said Mikhail, who will later attend the Herbert Morrison High School and aspires to become a doctor. "I paid attention in class, and I read over my notes every time I got new notes to prepare for the exam."

Noelle, who will attend the Montego Bay High School in September and who aspires to become a teacher, became Hosanna Preparatory's top girl with a 96.6 per cent average, which she credited to her paying attention during class.

"I had to study very hard and read over my notes each day, and I had to listen in class, paying attention to what my teacher was teaching and making sure I grasped what was said. I feel very elated because I knew I could do it," said Noelle.

The two were joined in their exceptional GSAT performances by schoolmates Victoria Linton, with an average of 96.1 per cent; Ali Lake, with a 95.6 per cent average; and Jayden Jack, with a 95.1 per cent average.

Grade six teacher, Shammy Green-Dawkins expressed pride toward her entire grade six class for having given stellar GSAT performances.

"I have 28 students, and all 28 were placed at traditional high schools. No child had an average below 80 per cent, so that's extremely good," said Green-Dawkins.