Jermaine Francis, Staff Reporter
Loya Haughton is far from your ordinary 15-year-old girl. Fully aware of what it takes to achieve her goals and not afraid to go after them, the Immaculate Conception High School student has convincingly overcome the first hurdle on her academic journey.
Loya secured a whopping 10 distinctions in this year's Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) exams and she is awaiting the result of another subject, for which she expects to get nothing but a grade one.
In addition to acing 10 subjects at CSEC in one sitting, Loya also achieved a distinction and a merit in the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music violin exams in theory and practical, respectively.
Loya said she loves playing the violin and is a member of the school's symphony orchestra.
She credits her passion for learning and desire to make her family proud as the reasons for her stellar accomplishments.
"Almost any subject I take up, I am very passionate about it and I don't want to fail," Loya noted.
LOVE FOR SCIENCES
At a time when many students are struggling to pass mathematics and the sciences, Loya is not daunted by these subjects. In fact, these are the areas, along with geography, which interest her the most.
With all these achievements, one wonders why such a young girl would challenge herself so much.
"I joke a lot and say, 'This either makes me a smart person or really dumb person, or both'," Loya said, jokingly.
"It was a bit chaotic at times, but I guess the end results were worth it, and a lot of it was hard work and practice. Sometimes I really didn't want to get up out of bed, but I told myself I know how well 11 ones would sound, and that was my goal," she added.
She plans on taking this level of dedication to sixth form and hopes that after high school, she will be able to secure a scholarship to pursue further studies in the United Kingdom or Finland, as she is drawn to the vast options the education systems in these countries provide.
She, however, is not sure what career she would like to pursue, but is fully aware that with her subjects spanning the sciences and arts, she could conquer almost any arena.
10 subjects with grade one:
1. English language
6. Human and social biology
8. English literature
9. Information technology
Pending - Caribbean History