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Campion-bound John-Mark tops GSAT at St Jude's Primary

Published:Monday | June 25, 2018 | 12:07 AM
Top-performing student in the Grade Six Achievement Test from St Jude’s Primary School, John-Mark Tapper (seated left), rejoices after the school’s principal, Susanna Ainsworth (seated right), shows him his scores on a laptop in his classroom on June 8. Sharing in the moment are John-Mark’s mother, Marsha Walker (standing left) and Grade Six teacher, Nicholette Robinson Pennicott.

Copping the highest average in the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) from St Jude's Primary School, was an objective that head boy John-Mark Tapper knew was possible, as long as he studied hard and remained focused.

The 12-year-old scored 96 per cent in mathematics, 98 per cent in science, 100 per cent in social studies, 99 per cent in language arts and 12/12 in communication task.

He is now set to begin a new chapter at one of the country's most prestigious institutions, Campion College.

Speaking with JIS News, John-Mark said that after hearing the good news of his excellent results, he was elated.

"I feel great. It's a wonderful achievement," the student who has been on the Principal's Honour Role for the last five years said.

The path of preparing for the exams was not easy for him or his mother, Marsha Walker.

John-Mark told JIS News that not only did he have to remain awake until 10 at nights to study with his mother, but he also had to stay late at school each day and give up his desire to play a sport.

"I was a member of the quiz team, so I had to train for quiz and [study] for GSAT, which was hard to do, but I managed it," John-Mark said.

"Most nights, I would probably go to bed by 10 or 10:30, because my mom would be quizzing me on the stuff I got to study. She took me to the special places [such as] National Heroes Park to know about the heroes," he added.

The St Jude's Primary School student also expressed appreciation to his grade-six teacher, Nicholette Robinson Pennicott, who was instrumental in preparing him for the exams.

"At school, my teacher made us do projects and experiments to know every detail about the different topics. At home, I tried to recall the questions and answers over and over in my head until I got it fully," he said.

For her part, Walker, who is also a teacher-in-training at the St Jude's Primary School, said it was not easy for her to prepare her son, and was elated that they are now reaping success from their labour.

"I feel good and I am thankful. St Jude's has always done well. As a matter of fact, I never really worried about him passing. From grade one, he was always the top student in his class, so he just had to apply himself. I never felt nervous ... I feel good and I am thankful. That is the greatest part," she stated.

Meanwhile, Robinson Pennicott told JIS News that she was extremely proud of John-Mark and is pleased with his performance.

"I'm feeling so happy that John is our top student. I am proud of him," she noted.