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Nov 17, 2015

Edward P. Yorke Students Shine in CXCs

Nisa Sanchez

The results of the CXC and CAPE Examinations were recently released but were lost in the election fever. We’re finally catching up with the results that indicate that Alisha Anipha Garraway from Stann Creek Ecumenical Junior College was the most outstanding candidate for the 2015 CAPE Exams. Alisha goes on to win the Belize Open Scholarship. As to the CXC exams, this year, the Edward P Yorke High School outdid itself by producing the top two scorers in the local examinations. Today, News Five’s Isani Cayetano caught up with the brilliant duo.

 

Isani Cayetano, Reporting

The graduating class of 2015 has done E.P. Yorke proud.  Of the group of fourth form students who sat the annual CSEC exams back in May, the government high school has earned the top two scores across the country.  Sixteen-year-old Nisa Sanchez is the Most Outstanding Candidate; obtaining a total fifteen grade ones in the subjects she took.

 

Nisa Sanchez, Top Scorer, CXC Exams

“Initially it was actually a huge surprise, I have to be honest because I wasn’t aiming directly towards, you know, getting that award.  And still right now, I’m still a bit shaken by it because it still feels like a grand, something huge, I can’t really, you know, get a hold of it but I accept it.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“Talk to us about the number of exams you sat and the preparations that went into preparing yourself for the exams, passed all of them.”

 

Nisa Sanchez

“I got fifteen grade ones and one grade two.”

 

Former schoolmate Patrick Pinkard placed second, also scoring fifteen grade ones.  The remarkable academic achievement is another feather in the principal’s proverbial hat.

 

Patrick Pinkard

Rodrick Cardinez, Principal, E.P. Yorke High School

“I am definitely pleased with the results.  In fact we are elated because it shows that hard work does pay off.  The teachers spend a lot of their personal time preparing these students for the exams and the students also put in a lot of time in terms of studying, giving up of times that they could probably be spending with their friends, they put into their school work and it has paid off with this performance.”

 

Nisa Sanchez

“It was initially, I was really, really, I guess a naïve mind.  I thought it would be easy.  It sounded like a small number, it sounded easy but then when you really get into it, when you really get into it it’s actually a lot of work.  So I had to prepare myself at first mentally because it’s a lot to take in, it’s a lot of work, you know, I have to keep myself motivated.  I had to keep my confidence up, I had to keep myself going, along with my family and teachers and my friends, you know I had to keep myself going.  And then I had to prepare myself physically because well you can’t have all work and no play and you can’t have play and no work, you have to strike that balance if you really want to get anywhere.  And then spiritually because although my family isn’t very religious, we’re not very religious we still believe in God, so I would pray to Jehovah God every night.  I would read my bible at night before I study, when I did study, before my exams I would pray, you know, I had to get into that.”

 

Those prayers have since been answered and the preparations have also proven fruitful.

 

Rodrick Cardinez

Rodrick Cardinez

“Both Nisa and Patrick have been exemplary students both, in terms of their academic performance.  They always placed in the top of their class and also in terms of their behavior; they were role models to the rest of the student body.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“E.P. Yorke has been fairly consistent in terms of its performance annually when it comes to the CSEC exams, placing in the top ten and what have you.  Is there a specific method or is there a specific program undertaken by this particular school that allows it to qualify in that rank annually?”

 

Rodrick Cardinez

“I must say that we always ensure that we communicate our expectations, we do it on a daily basis and we monitor students’ progress.  We monitor teachers’ strategies and with all of this combined it remains fairly consistent in terms of the performance that we achieve every year.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“What are you doing at present, in terms of either furthering your academic [pursuits] or what have you?”

 

Nisa Sanchez

“Okay. At present I am not enrolled in any sixth form mainly because of financial reasons.  So I am going to be enrolling in SJCJC for the math and physics course in January.  Let me see, in terms furthering my career if anything I’d hope to get a bachelors degree in civil engineering, including a minor in fine arts because I’m an artist so I have to keep myself going there.”

 

Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.

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