The Ministry of Education has lauded three Jamaican students for winning top regional awards in the 2013 Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) exams.
At a ceremony held on December 5 in Guyana, CXC awarded Dea Thomas, of Ardenne High School, for being the Most Outstanding Candidate overall in the Caribbean in the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE).
CXC noted that Thomas "becomes the eighth recipient and first Jamaican student to win the award", which is named in honour of Dennis Irvine, former chairman of the council.
Thomas received grade ones in 12 CAPE units.
The Most Outstanding Candidate in Humanities in the region was awarded to Tasanique Henry, of Hampton School, for achieving grade ones in eight CAPE units.
Another Jamaican student, Ranolyn Hunt of St Mary's College, won the regional award for Most Outstanding Candidate in Visual Arts (3-dimensional work) in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examination.
Hunt designed and produced an elaborate necklace for a fashion show using macramé techniques and wire, as well as natural fibres.
"All Jamaica is proud of your scholastic achievement, which is a result of your diligence and the dedication of your teachers," Education Minister Ronald Thwaites said in congratulating the awardees.
Thwaites also commended other Jamaican students who have placed in the top 10 in the 2013 CSEC examinations for the Caribbean.
Jamaican students topped the ranking in 13 subjects, including mathematics and English language. In addition, Jamaican students and schools placed in the top 10 in 34 of a total of 35 CSEC subjects in the region.
In several subjects, only two or three other countries appear alongside Jamaica in the regional top-10 ranking in CSEC. The subjects include religious education, building technology (construction), clothing and textiles, as well as human and social biology.