Jermaine Francis, Staff Reporter
The standard for students doing the Caribbean Secondary Examination Council (CSEC) exams is usually eight subjects but not for two teenage girls at the deCarteret College in Mandeville, Manchester.
These two students, Shamone Fine and Veronna Hanley, decided they would each tackle 13 subjects in one year and they both managed to achieve nothing but grade ones.
They say they were both propelled to take on the hefty task of sitting 13 subjects because they wanted the right mix of subjects.
"At first, I didn't want to do 13 subjects, but I wanted a mixture of all the right subjects," Veronna said.
Shamone also said it's the need for the right mixture and her love for the business subjects that compelled her to take on the daunting task of 13 CSEC exams.
"I left fourth form doing nine subjects and when I reached fifth form I asked my vice-principal if I could do the business subjects and she gave me the go ahead. I actually did principles of accounts and principles of business on my own," Shamone noted.
Both young ladies attributed their success to their strong faith in God and the support of their families.
However, they say paying attention during classes and managing their time were also critical to their success.
"I would go to school at seven in the morning and reach home at minutes to eight in the evenings, but I had to push through and pay attention in class, otherwise, I would have been lost," Veronna said.
For Shamone, things were not much different as she had to overcome her laid-back attitude and manage her time wisely even though she said she could not stay away from Facebook and music.
"I am a laid-back person and I won't say I am perfect because I too may fall asleep in class but at the end of the day, I ensure I get the work done and that is the key," Shamone said.
They said they were looking forward to sixth form where they expect to continue excelling in their chosen subjects.
Both girls will be tackling the sciences in the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Exams, as they want to pursue careers in this area. Veronna hopes to become a paediatrician, while Shamone is eyeing a career in either obstetrics or actuarial science.
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