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Regional top education awards 2016
Published on November 24, 2016Email To Friend    Print Version

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Two students, one from Dominica and one from Grenada, have created history by becoming the first students to be awarded regional top awards for the Caribbean Certificate of Secondary Level Competence (CCSLC).

The first recipients, Jason Philip of Presentation Brothers College, Grenada, and Keiana Brown of Northeast Comprehensive School, Dominica, will receive their awards at the opening of council and regional top awards ceremony slated for Thursday 1 December in Barbados.

Both students achieved five subjects including Mastery in CCSLC English and Mathematics. Keiana achieved Master in CCSLC English and Mathematics and Grade I in CSEC Food and Nutrition, Technical Drawing and Electronic Document Preparation and Management. Jason achieved Master in CCSLC English and Mathematics and Grade I in Information Technology, Physical Education and Sport and Electronic and Electrical Technology.

Ardenne Tops CAPE

For the first time in the ten-year history of regional awards for the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE), the sister of a former awardee is the winner of the Dennis Irvine Award, the symbol of academic excellence at the CAPE level.

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Varna Thomas – CAPE Top Awardee
Varna Thomas of Ardenne High School in Jamaica is the winner of this year’s Dennis Irvine Award. Varna is the sister of 2013 winner Dea Thomas also of Ardenne High School. Varna achieved Grade I in 12 CAPE Units: Applied Mathematics Units 1 and 2, Biology Units 1 and 2, Caribbean Studies, Chemistry Units 1 and 2, Communications Studies, Physics Unit 1 and 2, and Pure Mathematics Units 1 and 2.

Larissa Wiltshire of Queen’s College, Guyana wins the award for the Outstanding Candidate in Natural Sciences with Grade I in 12 Units. They are Applied Mathematics Units 1 and 2, Biology Units 1 and 2, Caribbean Studies, Communications Studies, Chemistry Units 1 and 2, and Environmental Science Units 1 and 2.

Trinidad and Tobago Students Dominate Awards

The other awards were taken by students from Trinidad and Tobago. Joshua Ramkissoon of Hill View College ensures the Award for Most Outstanding Performance in Mathematics stays at Hill View for a second consecutive year. He achieved the award with Grade I in ten Units: Applied Mathematics Units 1 and 2, Caribbean Studies, Communications Studies, Chemistry Units 1 and 2, Physics Units 1 and 2, and Pure Mathematics Units 1 and 2.

Raquel Leblanc of St Joseph’s Convent (Port of Spain) receives the award for Most Outstanding Candidate in Business Studies with Grade I in ten Units: Accounting Units 1 and 2, Caribbean Studies, Communications Studies, Economics Units 1 and 2, Literatures in English Units 1 and 2, and Management of Business Units 1 and 2.

Two students from Naprima Girls’ High School are among the awardees. They are Saajida Baksh who wins the Humanities Award, which is sponsored by Hodder Education; and Ilisha Manerikar who takes the Language Studies award, both with eight Units at Grade I. Saajida achieved Grade I in Caribbean Studies, Communication Studies, History Units 1 and 2, Literatures in English Units 1 and 2, Sociology Unit 1 and Grade II in Sociology Unit 2. Ilisha achieved Grade I in Caribbean Studies, Communication Studies, French Units 1 and 2, Literatures in English Units 1 and 2, and Spanish Units 1 and 2.

Shabanah Mohammed of ASJA Girls, (San Fernando) is the winner of the Environmental Science award with Grade I in eight Units. Shabanah achieved Grade I in Biology Units 1 and 2, Caribbean Studies, Communication Studies, Environmental Science Units 1 and 2, and Geography Units 1 and 2.

For producing the Most Outstanding Candidate Overall in 2016, Ardenne High School, Jamaica, receives the award for the CAPE School of the Year, the second time in four years.

QC Tops CSEC; Jamaica Dominates

Students from schools in Jamaica dominate the 2016 Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) Regional Top Awards list; however, a student from Queen’s College in Guyana is this year’s Most Outstanding Candidate Overall.

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Kayshav Tewari – CSEC Top Awardee
Kayshav Tewari of Queens’ College achieved Grade I in 16 subjects to win the Most Outstanding Candidate Overall award. He also wins the award for the Most Outstanding Candidate in the Sciences. He achieved Grade I in: Additional Mathematics, Agricultural Science, Biology, Chemistry, Caribbean History, Economics, English A, English B, Electronic Document Preparation and Management, Geography, Human and Social Biology, Information Technology, Integrated Science, Mathematics, Physics, Principles of Accounts, Principles of Business, Religious Education, Social Studies and Spanish.

Three students from Jamaica are in winners' row this year, the most for any one country at CSEC. Sahara Pinnock of Holy Childhood High School cops the Business Studies Award with Grade I in ten subjects. She achieved Grade I in Caribbean History, Economics, English A, Information Technology, Mathematics, Office Administration, Principles of Accounts, Principles of Business, Social Studies and Spanish.

Danielle Williams of Campion College gets the award for the Best Short Story. The story is based on the stimulus: “He looked nervously around him and decided that the time was right. It was now or never.”

The other Jamaican awardee is Jevauny Simpson of St Georges College for Most Outstanding Performer in 2-Dimensional Art in the Visual Arts examination.

“This is an excellent example of drawing in which the candidate demonstrates mastery of technical skills, superior understanding of the medium and design principles to create a composition that is creative, innotive and aesthetically appealing,” the Chief Examiner stated.

Sydni Walker of St Joseph’s Convent, Grenada gets the award for Most Outstanding Performer in Humanities. Sydni achieved Grade I in ten subjects and Grade II in one subject: Biology, Caribbean History, English A, English B, Geography, Information Technology, Mathematics, Physics, Social Studies and Spanish, and Grade II in Physics.

Glevaughn Smith of Edward P Yorke High School in Belize is the winner of the Technical/Vocational Award with 16 subjects, 14 Grade Is and two Grade IIs. He achieved Grade I in Building Technology (woods), Chemistry, English A, English B, Food and Nutrition, Electronic Document Preparation and Management, Geography, Huma and Social Biology, Information Technology, Integrated Science, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Physics, Technical Drawing, Physical Education and Sport, and Grade II in Office Administration, and Spanish.

Moesha Tyson has ensured that Bishop Anstey High School of Trinidad and Tobago has a hat-trick of wins in the 3-Dimensional Art Award. Moesha’s piece is taken from the Sculpture and Ceramics Option and is entitled “Old Boot.”

Commenting on the selection of Moesha’s work, the Chief Examiner noted, “The product exhibits great technical skill, sensitivity to the medium and mastery of the construction technique. In that the candidate demonstrates excellent understanding of the medium, and has used the clay to convincingly communicate motion, gravity, weight, texture, emotion and atmosphere.”
 
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