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Nov 23, 2011

Ministry of Education Awards CXC’s finest

While Mexico looks for the best, the brightest students were honored this morning for this year’s CSEC and CAPE exams. The top student from Corozal to Punta Gorda travelled to the city to receive their certificates and tuition scholarships. This year the event was held at the Bliss, and with a seating capacity of five hundred, seventy-five or more parents and guardians listened from the lobby. News Five’s Andrea Polanco was able to narrowly squeeze in to get the highlights of the event. She spoke with some of the country’s brightest students who say that the recognition today underscores the importance of hard work and dedication.

Andrea Polanco, Reporting

The Seventeenth Annual National Awards Ceremony for Outstanding Performance in the 2011 May-June CAPE and CSEC brought hundreds of students and parents together at the Bliss. CAPE’s top performer, Ravesh Sukhnandan of SJCJC was honored and his parents collected his awards. In the CSEC category over three hundred students from across the country were honored. Among the brightest awardees were Romel Rudon and Aaron Stock of St. John’s College, who both received, scholarship, certificates, plaques and laptops for their outstanding performance. Rudon, Belize’s top performer says he is humbled by the accolades:

Romel Rudon

Romel Rudon, Most Outstanding CXC Candidate

“Well, I won’t lie, it feels really good. Umm, not everyday you get to have something like this so I am deeply humbled by it as well. And I am so thankful to everyone who has ever helped me, the teachers at St. John’s. St. John’s itself who sponsored seven of my CXC’s. I am grateful.”

The deserving students received certificates of excellence along with sixth form tuition grants from the Ministry of Education. The young awardees were blooming with excitement and pride of their latest academic achievement:

Yadira Argueta

Yadira Argueta, Stann Creek Ecumenical College

“I feel very proud about this because I know I worked very hard for it and I passed all twelve CXC’s, eight grade ones, four grade two.”

Orlando Lopez, Sacred Heart College

“I took twelve CXC and got eleven grade ones and a grade two. I also got first place in English A, Geography and Human & Social Biology so yeah.”

Andrea Polanco

“So how are you feeling with this achievement?”

Orlando Lopez

Oh, really excited. I mean a lot of work went into preparing for the CXC’s, so it definitely feels good for all the hard work to pay off.”

Negrill Crawford

Negrill Crawford, Muffles College

“I took eleven CXC’s, I got seven two’s, three ones and one three.”

Andrea Polanco

“So you’re pretty excited by this achievement?”

Negrill Crawford

“Yes, I am really proud of myself because I also did good in P.S.E four years ago and then now to be here back in the Bliss for CXC awards, feels great.”

Anselmo Co, Toledo Community College,

“This certificate is very great because with great work we have to achieve this and get wah certificate of achievement.”

Anselmo Co

Andrea Polanco

“You got a certificate of excellence, how many CXC’s did you take?”

Anselmo Co

“Six CXC’s with lone grade two’s.”

Andrea Polanco

“So you’re pretty excited to be one of the recipients today?”

Anselmo Co

“Yes, pretty excited too. It’s a great experience.”

Jonas Sanchez

Also recognized among the country’s brightest young scholars is Jonas Sanchez, of E.P Yorke. Sanchez nabbed numerous awards, including the region’s highest honors in Technical & Vocational Studies. He tells us how he did it:

Jonas Sanchez: Region’s Top Technical &Vocational Studies Award

“To count all my CXC achievements so far, I’ve won the regional award for the most outstanding student in Technical and Vocational studies, becoming the first Belizean to win that regional award. I also won the subject group award for Vocational Studies locally, as well as the individual subject group award for Technical Drawing, EDP&M and third place overall in the country.”

Andrea Polanco

“Did you expect this achievement?”

Jonas Sanchez

“Well it was sort of my goal actually. I been doing research since I was in third form about the regional awards and when in fourth form I heard that Dorian Villafranco won the award that actually pushed me further. So I took sixteen CXC’s in the hope of getting a regional award for my school. I was aiming for overall again; I wanted the prize for E.P Yorke.”

Andrea Polanco

“Why you think it’s important in Belize for students to pursue this path?”

Jonas Sanchez: Region’s Top Technical &Vocational Studies Award

“Well it is important to because we see Belize as a developing country. We need roads, we need highways, and we need buildings. We need infrastructure in Belize. Now I know students have the impression that vocational means hands on and you don’t have any academic background now that is not true. Vocations require a lot of disciplines, a lot of academics. There is a lot of mathematics involved especially in technical drawing alone.”

Minister of Education, Patrick Faber commended the students for excelling in the academic field. He also tasked parents and guardians to continue providing a strong support system for the youths:

Patrick Faber, Minister of Education

Patrick Faber

“Your outstanding performance reminds us all that amidst the frequent negative publicity about our young people doing negative things, that we actually have young people who are doing positive things; and I dare say that you are indeed the majority. Young people who are achieving positive things and young people who are not the problem. The challenge is for us, who are adults, to find ways and means to positively engage more young people so that they too can achieve positive things”

And for the nation’s brightest pupils it took hard work and dedication. They share messages for those who will sit the CXC next year:

Jonas Sanchez

“Umm, a lot of private studies actually. My core course at the high school it was eight subjects and I challenged an additional eight, making it sixteen. I challenged subjects from Vocational, Science, Humanities and Business, okay. It was a lot of private studies. In the months before sitting the CSEC exams I actually had a seven day school week, I came to school on Sundays to do the wood-work classes and on Saturdays I had like about three extra classes on the same day, I had Mathematics, Social Studies and Visual Arts.”

Yadira Argueta

“In the evening I go home, do my SBA’s, try to be on time, punctual, do not procrastinate and so just try to get everything on hand and do not wait for my teacher to ask for my work and just put in my work and studies.”

Andrea Polanco

“And the hard definitely paid off?”

Yadira Argueta

“Yes, definitely.”

Andrea Polanco

“What encouraging words would you give other students who will take the CXC next year?”

Orlando Lopez

Orlando Lopez

“Well the CXC is very challenging but I want to encourage all the students who want to participate to take as many as they possibly think they can but don’t overload yourself. Just do enough that you feel confident that you can succeed in and definitely study and work hard.”

Negrill Crawford

“Don’t procrastinate, because procrastination is not good. Always do an assignment when they give you and make sure you always sit in the class and study because it helps a lot.”

A total of three hundred and ninety-five certificates of Excellence, four subject group awards and thirty one individual subject awards were presented to CSEC candidates. Reporting for News Five, I’m Andrea Polanco.

On Monday, Jonas Sanchez will be travelling to Trinidad and Tobago for the ceremonial opening of the council where he will receive the most outstanding candidate award in Technical/Vocational studies to be held on December first. He was awarded a scholarship to the University of the West Indies for his achievement.

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2 Responses for “Ministry of Education Awards CXC’s finest”

  1. belizeanyouth@yahoo.com says:

    I am happy that at least one of the media houses highlighted this student, Jonas Sanchez’s, accomplishments!!!! He did very well and won a regional award yet, the only students who were being highlighted were the students from SJC. This student has also done our country proud and comes from a GOB school so I am ashamed that our GOB has not highlighted that and placed ads on the newspaper as how SJC keeps putting on every week!!!

  2. Ashleigh says:

    belizeanyouth, you took the words right out of my mouth. I am upset with the media that they did not give as much credit to this young man as they did to those from SJC. I guess they report and praise who they want to and not who deserves it. He did a great job and deserves his kudos. Very excellent job done, Sanchez. Good luck at UWI.

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