Alessandro Boyd, Gleaner Writer
Sixteen-year-old Daniel Walters was at a loss for words upon discovering his outstanding results in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations. Daniel amassed a total of eight distinctions in the examinations.
"I felt really great because I knew I wanted to do well and when I saw that it actually happened I was overjoyed," he said. "The first thing I did was call my mother and she was excited as well, she was driving home and would not stop shouting, I had to tell her to calm down."
Daniel sat eight subjects at Wolmer's High School for Boys and received ones in biology, chemistry, English language, English literature, information technology, mathematics, physics and Spanish.
Sandra Walters, Daniel's mother, noted she expected great results as he was a hardworking and focused student who has been lauded for his outstanding work from the day he entered the gates of Wolmer's High School five years ago.
"From first form he has always been on the blue report award system for the high achievers because he is always working hard," his mother said. "He even sought help from the teachers when in doubt. For example, when we went to consultations after the mock exams we would discuss where he was at and what else he needed to do. The teachers gave their feedback and we sought to work on those areas in order to get him ready for the exam."
She added: "We were always there to support him as well, whether through resources or encouragement. If he is too tired and wanted to get some sleep I would set the alarm to ensure he woke up to study and stayed up with him for some portion of the time for those late nights, assuring him that if he needed something to drink or any form of refreshment I could help. I must admit that I wasn't able to stay up with him all the time. "
The term, "all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" also applied to Daniel as he enjoys playing badminton and surfing the Internet in his spare time. Daniel intends on going to sixth form, after which he hopes to study medicine at the university level in order to move closer to his dreams of becoming a pathologist as he has always had an interest in human anatomy.