Karen Sudu, Gleaner Writer
LINSTEAD, St Catherine:
WITH JUST a few weeks to go before the 2013 Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT), members of Julene Brown's family have bolstered their support for the 12-year-old, who is eyeing a place at Campion College.
"When Julene says she wants something, she really dedicates herself to the task and she usually gets it, and she has been working really hard," her sister, Michelle Daniels, principal of Middleton Basic School in St Thomas, told The Gleaner.
Of course, living in St Thomas minimises the time she would like to spend assisting Julene, a student at Linstead Primary and Junior High School in St Catherine.
"I mostly visit her on holidays, or weekends, and whenever I do, I go through her textbooks and notebooks with her, and if she has any problems with anything, I would go through with her and help her to understand," explained Daniels.
"What I do now is to call her more often and do what I can with her on the phone."
Likewise, Julene's mom, Cheryl Jeffery, keeps her company during the nights, as sometimes she studies until midnight.
"Because I sell in the days and the sun burn me, I feel so tired at nights, but I try to keep her company, but sometimes I fall asleep," her mother confessed.
Her father, Jerol Brown, is upbeat.
"She is working very well. I see her getting marks in the 90s. Sometimes I stay up with her, too, and fall asleep, and when I wake I see her in her book still," he said with satisfaction.
Brown said although Julene is determined to obtain a place at Campion College, he would not be disappointed if she is placed at another institution, as long as she performs as well as he knows she can.
"I know that I will be fully ready for the exam and I will do very well," Julene said with confidence.