Carl Gilchrist, Gleaner Writer
OCHO RIOS, St Ann:THEY SHARED the same class at York Castle High School in Brown's Town, St Ann, and in the end, shared an amazing 19 ones in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations.
Meet Mikhail Reid and Mignion Davis. The two were among scores of students honoured recently for their outstanding academic performance by Member of Parliament for North West St Ann, Dr Dayton Campbell.
"I got nine ones in all my subjects, including all three sciences," said Mignion when Rural Xpress spoke with her.
Mignion got ones in physics, chemistry, biology, information technology, Spanish, history, principles of business, English, and mathematics. She is heading for sixth form, where she will do physics, chemistry, and mathematics at CAPE.
"My career path is in engineering, probably a chemical engineer, or I recently looked at aerodynamics," she said.
Mom, Bridgette Smith, who accompanied her, was a happy parent when she spoke about her daughter's exam passes.
"I feel good. I've seen where hard work has paid off because she worked hard and consistently," Smith said.
She said that Mignion's performance was expected as she had been a bright student from primary school.
"At Ocho Rios Primary, she got eight awards, including highest performance in GSAT. She entered York Castle on top and maintained her number-one position straight through."
"I got 10 ones," said a modest Mikhail when Rural Xpress asked him about his CSEC results.
He sat 10 subjects and got all ones in mathematics, English, biology, chemistry, physics, principles of accounts, technical drawing, information technology, Spanish, and social studies.
"Next, I want to go to a technical high school to do sixth form. My career goal is to be an electrical engineer," Mikhail said.
Asked if he had expected such good results, Mikhail said he was "just hoping for it".
His mom, Eleanor Boswell, was not at all surprised by her son's super performance and felt really good about it.
"No, no, I'm not surprised," said Boswell. "And I feel good. I know he is a hard worker, and I feel happy for him because I know he has achieved what he was working for."
There was little for her to do as Mikhail is self-motivated, she explained.
"He's a very motivated person - a person who knows what he wants and goes for it. My assistance was only, like, to guide him along. I don't have to ask him to get up early or tell him to get ready to go to school."