Antiguan student wins 2018 CSEC top award

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Keondre Herbert

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — For the second time in four years, a student from St Joseph’s Academy in Antigua and Barbuda is the winner of the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) regional top award. Keondre Herbert was announced as the 2018 overall top performer at the meeting of the sub-committee of the School Examinations Committee (SUBSEC) held on Thursday, October 11, 2018, at CXC headquarters.

In 2015, Brandon Judnarine, then a student of St Joseph’s Academy, won the award with 22 subjects, 21 Grade Is, and one Grade II.

Herbert achieved Grade I in 20 subjects: Biology, Caribbean History, Chemistry, Economics, English A, English B, French, Information Technology, Integrated Science, Mathematics, Office Administration, Physics, Principles of Accounting, Principles of Business, Social Studies, Electronic Document Preparation and Management, Physical Education and Sport, Human and Social Biology, Technical Drawing, and Industrial Technology.

Students from Guyana and Jamaica copped the other awards. Daniel Baldeo-Thorne of Queen’s College, Guyana, won the award for Most Outstanding Candidate in Sciences with 13 Grade Is and two Grade IIs. He achieved Grade I in Additional Mathematics, Agricultural Science (Double Award), Biology, Chemistry, English A, English B, Electronic Document Preparation Management, French, Geography, Human and Social Biology, Integrated Science, Mathematics, and Physics, and Grade II in French.

Salma Majeed of ISA Islamic School, Guyana, copped the award for the Most Outstanding Candidate in Humanities with 18 Grade Is: Biology, Caribbean History, Chemistry, English A, English B, Geography, Information Technology, Physics, Social Studies, Religious Education, Spanish, Electronic Document Preparation and Management, Human and Social Biology, Additional Mathematics, Food Nutrition and Health and Family Resource Management.

Rebekah Persaud of St Roses High School, also in Guyana, won the award for Most Outstanding Candidate for Business Education with nine Grade Is, two Grade IIs and one Grade III. Rebekah achieved Grade Is in Economics, Information Technology, English A, English B, Mathematics, Office Administration, Principles of Accounts, Principles of Business, Electronic Document Preparation and Management, and Additional Mathematics; Grade II in Social Studies and Grade III in Spanish.

Kae-Shanae Virgo of Montego Bay High School, Jamaica, won the Best Short Story award in the English A examination with a story entitled “Betrayal.” Two other Jamaican students copped the Visual Arts awards. Okeen Wallace of St Georges’ College walked away with the Best 2-Dimensional Visual Arts Award with a piece from the Painting and Mixed Media Option, while Danielle Gennard of Wolmers’ Girls School copped the award for the Best 3-Dimensional Visual Arts work with her creation from the Sculpture and Ceramics Option.

The students will receive their awards at the Regional Top Awards Ceremony slated for Thursday December 6, 2018, in St Vincent and the Grenadines. St Joseph Academy will receive the award for CSEC School of the Year 2018.

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