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Nov 4, 2009

Athina Swasey is CXC top scorer

Story PictureThe names of the three students that placed highest in the CXC exams were released this week and all three are from Belize City schools. The top student passed eleven exams with an impressive perfect score. News Five Delahnie Bain found work that hard work paid off for the top scorers.

Delahnie Bain, Reporting
Edward P. Yorke High school produced the top student countrywide in the last sitting of the CXC’s earlier this year. The results show that Athina Swasey took eleven exams and scored a Grade one on each. Swasey now attends St. John’s College Junior College and she says she’s proud of her stellar score.

Athina Swasey, First Place, 2009 CXC
“I feel very happy and very proud and honored to have worked so hard and know that my hard work has paid off.”

Delahnie Bain
“What kind of preparation went into doing eleven CXC’s and doing so well?”

Athina Swasey
“I studied hard, I listened in class, understand concepts, applied them to the exam and I did well.”

Delahnie Bain
“Did you ever have any doubts that you would be able to handle the load of eleven CXC’s?”

Athina Swasey
“I knew it would have been hard work, but I didn’t think it would have been too much so I knew I would do well, just not this well.”

Rodrick Cardinez, Principal, Edward P Yorke
“Of course I must say that I feel very proud. Never did I doubt the potential of our students and neither did I doubt the ability that our teachers could deliver so I’m very pleased with the outcome of this year’s results.”

Placing second was Virginia Hsu of St. Catherine Academy, who passed ten CXC’s with grade one scores. And while she is out of the country, her teacher Jude Lizama, commended her on the achievement.

Jude Lizama, Biology Teacher, St. Catherine Academy
“It’s a good feeling. It validates all the hard work and preparation that we put in for the students, the time that we have dedicated to them. It’s always they have to do their end. We try to do our best to have them fully prepared but they basically have to pick up the ball and run with it.”

Delahnie Bain
“Virginia Hsu, was she always a star student in your classes?”

Jude Lizama
“Very dedicated, very diligent, worked very hard to ensure that her work was always the best quality work, very good at expressing herself; a model student.”

And while being dedicated plays a large role in being successful, the schools do their part to make sure the students are properly prepared.

Rodrick Cardinez
“Preparation begins as early as first form, but in third form they do a lot more preparation where they have extra classes for them. In fact they identify the subjects that they want to do and in fourth form they do extra classes in the evenings, they do extra classes on Saturdays and sometimes during lunch and during clubs and any opportunity that we get for them to prepare for this exam.”

Jude Lizama
“A lot of preparation goes into their everyday activities; giving them assignments, handouts based on past papers, giving them tests that are very similar to the kind of questions they get in the exam, allowing them to get a practical experience for their SBA for their labs, getting them to see things more than once.”

Edward P. Yorke produced top students in seven individual subjects, while St. Catherine Academy also topped the country in three areas. Delahnie Bain for News Five.

And in respect of the CAPE exams, Stacey Grinage won the open scholarship and gets to study at a university of her choice. The St. John’s College Graduate obtained six grade twos in the exams and also achieved first place subject award in History and Sociology.


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