2014 Top P.S.E. Scorer acknowledged by San Cas
A student from the Crooked Tree Government School topped this year’s Primary School Exams. It is an accomplishment that was achieved despite very difficult circumstances. But Ashton Tillett persevered and overcame all the hurdles that came his way. So today folks at San Cas headed to the Crooked Tree Government School to show that they too are proud of Ashton. Duane Moody has that story.
Duane Moody, Reporting
Crooked Tree Government School…it is the primary school that yielded this year’s top P.S.E. scorer, Ashton Tillett. Tillett has been accepted to EP Yorke High for the 2014 school year and he was flattered when he was acknowledged once again today for excelling.
Ashton Tillett, Top P.S.E. Scorer
“There is a lot of things in my head right now. I’m very excited about high school and this accomplishment has increased the confidence in myself. I feel very happy and you know, some people tell me how does it feel to be famous. I tell them I feel good. I am very happy.”
San Cas presented Tillett with a series of tokens including school supplies, a hamper and hosted a luncheon for Tillett and his classmates. According to Marketing Manager of the San Cas Group, Aisha Rudon, hearing Ashton’s life story and struggles touched the management and in a final decision, the company has decided to award him with all his school supplies for his next four years of high school.
Aisha Rudon, Marketing Manager, San Cas Group
“His story is a living example to all of us that the basic things that we take for granted every day are the things that this boy has been living without, but even with all of that, he came out on top. I think it is a god given talent that Ashton has and I know that he is going to continue on to be a great person—a great student and a great man. I am so proud to say that beside what we are doing today, which is a little bit; a luncheon of him and his classmates, done by the staff of San Cas. The GM, Misses Louisa Santos and the Castillo family have promised and we are going to do this for Ashton. We are going to provide him with his four years of high school, his school supplies. So his school bags, his pens, his pencils…all courtesy of The Angelus Press.”
Ashton beat the odds to earn the top place in the P.S.E. His house had no electricity and for five months—from October of 2013 to February of this year—just a month prior to sitting his first P.S.E. exams; he was living in a shelter because his house was affected by flooding. But he persevered and came out on top. The Tillett family as well as the faculty and staff of the school were overwhelmed by the recognition.
Margiana Tillett, Sister
“We are very excited and everything, but we just lost our father in 2010 so it is pretty challenging and we have to face…we were in the flood shelter until the first of February. We punished a lot, but we also try to stick together as a family, try to be a role model to Ashton and also the other children that are going to school. So it is pretty challenging for us, but we will be there for him.”
“Like they said before, I had to move out of my house and go into a shelter and open room. I had to conquer those challenges to reach this goal. And because we didn’t have electricity…we used to didn’t have electricity, but now we have. So when I go home, dah straight in my book.”
Also receiving school supplies were sixteen other students from the Crooked Tree Government School. Operations Manager of Angelus Press, John Tillett, spoke of the back to school initiative the company has taken on.
John Tillett, Operations Manager, Angelus Press
“The initiative was set up outside of the fact that Crooked Tree had the top student; it was actually a big coincidence. We at the Angelus Press decided to embark on a social program to give back to the community to really show them our appreciation—to show the country and our customers our appreciation for what they have given us. It is time for us to give back. We plan to go through the entire Belize Rural area. School by school, we will be giving the top performers at each grade level a school bag filled with school supplies.”
Ashton’s aspiration is to be the valedictorian for EP Yorke 2018. Duane Moody for News Five.
San Cas, through the Angelus Press, will also be providing school supplies and a bag pack to top performers in each district.