A special note on other achievers
Jade Normalae Simmonds is among students who have stood out in the aftermath of the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT).
As one who, at a tender age, hurdled obstacles that stood in her way, Jade has been considered worthy of special mention by telecommunications firm LIME and The Gleaner, along with Aaron Barrett, Krishna Davidson, and Dwayne Dennis - all of whom scored big in the 2014 GSAT and seem to be headed for bigger things.
A student of Naggo Head Primary School in Portmore, St Catherine, Jade was nothing short of impressive in the GSAT. She scored a perfect 100 per cent in mathematics and language arts, 98 in science, 95 in social studies, and 10/12 in communication task to earn a place at Campion College.
The days leading up to the GSAT were particularly challenging for Krishna, a student of Ballards Valley Primary School. Her mother, a cancer patient, was hospitalised and placed in the intensive care unit two weeks before Krishna's crucial test.
But this life-changing challenge would not deter Krishna, who went determinedly into the examination room to score a creditable average of 87.8 per cent.
Krishna's mother died without knowing that her daughter had done so well and was rewarded with a place at Hampton School for Girls in St Elizabeth, the parish of her birth.
Aaron, an 11-year-old student, lifted his game in the 2014 GSAT, although his family struggled financially to send him to school.
A student of the Waterford Primary School in Portmore, St Catherine, Aaron was awarded a place to St George's College in Kingston.
Dwayne, a 12-year-old student of Marie Cole All-Age School, did not have life easy as he prepared for the 2014 GSAT.
The boy from Burnt Ground in Santa Cruz, St Elizabeth, shared a very humble abode with his grandparents and two brothers.
Having scored an average of 88 per cent in the GSAT, Dwayne was placed at Munro College, but his caregivers have decided to have him transferred to the St Elizabeth Technical High School.