Judene Thomas' mother struggled against all odds to procure funds to get her daughter through seven years of schooling at Wolmer's Girls' School. As a fish vendor, it has been a difficult life. But her mother never wavered and she prevailed.
Judene earned nine distinctions at the CSEC level, and later demolished, in fine academic glory, her Unit 1 CAPE results.
When she entered the Versan SAT programme, the director, Sandra Bramwell, decided to assist her on a scholarship reduction on her fees, given the economic plight confronting her mother.
At the end of the overseas application process, Judene triumphed. For her pre-med studies, she earned a full scholarship to Mt Holyoke University in Massachusetts. Bramwell says she was afraid that at the end of her attempts to secure a scholarship, Judene would come up short-changed. She has prevailed despite the odds, and Versan believes that it is justly deserved. Wolmer's motto is 'Age quod Agis', and Judene has exemplified its creed beyond a shadow of a doubt.
David Barnes, head boy of Ardenne High School, has outdone expectations and reversed an order that many at Versan Educational Services saw as an irreversible trend since 2004. MIT has continuously admitted girls from Versan's cohorts. Since that time, the boys have had to take a secondary position to girls being accepted. When asked, MIT said they were trying to balance the equation.
With nine distinctions to his name, David added Unit 1 CAPE in fifth form and received a distinction. He aced Unit 1 in Lower six and continued his stellar ride Upper six.
David Barnes, firstborn and hailing from St Ann, has had a tremendous high school career. Versan wishes him well at MIT, though the decision to deny Yale University was a difficult one.
Both students were a delight to council during the 2012-2013 year. As the new batch commences at Versan for September, Versan believes they will see good students prevail yet again.