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Oct 28, 2010

Most Outstanding CSEC Candidate is SJC’s Dorien Villafranco

Dorien Villafranco

Students from nineteen countries sat the Caribbean Secondary Education Certification exams (CSEC), also known as CXCs, earlier this year. The results are in and guess what?  For the first time in the thirty-eight years of the exam, a Belizean student has been named the Most Outstanding Candidate Overall in the Region. He is Dorien Villafranco of St. John’s High who is now enrolled in the school’s Junior College. Villafranco has not only made the entire country proud, he has also won SJC the School of the Year Award, which was held by Queen’s College in Guyana for the past four years. News Five met the impressive but modest student this afternoon at SJC, where he spoke about his academic success.

Dorien Villafranco, Top the Region in CSEC

“I definitely feel excited. You know I’m proud of myself and I’m sure everyone else is too. I’m really happy that all my hard work paid off in the end.”

Delahnie Bain

“What kind of work went into getting these scores?”

Dorien Villafranco

“Basically confinement to my room for like four years. So it’s a lot of work.”

Delahnie Bain

“I know it’s a long list so you don’t need to name all of them, but what kind of grades did you get to have topped everyone else?”

Dorien Villafranco

“I took fifteen CXCs and I achieved grade one in all fifteen.”

Delahnie Bain

“There are a bunch of prizes involved and so on. Can you tell us about those?”

Dorien Villafranco

“According to the press release I received, I’m supposed to be receiving a full scholarship to UWI, a plaque and some monetary prizes.”

Delahnie Bain

“Any advice for the other students upcoming that would like to achieve the same?”

Dorien Villafranco

“Have faith in yourself, have faith in God and just put in the hard work.”

Villafranco will take up his scholarship at the UWI campus in St. Augustine, Trinidad.

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20 Responses for “Most Outstanding CSEC Candidate is SJC’s Dorien Villafranco”

  1. ProudBzean says:

    This is awesome…..Congrats and good luck!!

  2. rod says:

    this is what belizeans should be doing am very proud of you dorien much more belizeans could be doing this instead they turn to stealing and murders and drugs i can tell you belizeans have the most smartest people in the world we could be a power house for math and sciences if we had a gov and pm who could lead but we do not we just have incompetence and corruption .

  3. Reader says:

    Very cool!!! Well done.

  4. Denise says:

    15 CXC passes!!! Excellent! It is so refreshing to read an article that is positive and shows our young people making great accomplishments. Keep up the good work Dorien! You are a shining example of what is possible with hard work and faith.

  5. Belize says:

    Congratulation to Mr. Villafranco. You made us proud. SJC is the best.

  6. marlon says:

    good work dude, u are awesome, keep up the good work and about time we can say we are proud!!

  7. roska says:

    Dorien is a light in the shadows….. hope our youths follow HIS example… rather than that of idiots of MTV and BET which our youths today idolatrize….

    Belize has talent… all we need is to suport them fully….. Got that Patrick?? You see the end result of investing in quality education and self discipline????

    Dorien……If iam still alive when you complete your studies…. I will campaign for you….
    Aim to be Minister of Education… people like you are the ones who should lead our country….!!!!

  8. belizeanpride says:

    nicew work bbelizean brother, wish you the best you have the mentality go for it. My respect goes to this instituition SJC for having the best name of college we have.



  10. Elgin Martinez says:

    Congrats Dorien,this also prove that there are still people in the jewel teaching their kids good values.

  11. JJ says:

    Such is the fruit of hard work! Great Job! Enjoy the fruits and keep it up.

    This young man is a shining example of what young Belizeans can be.

  12. Also Concerned says:

    Congratulations!!!!! All the best in life!! You have great things ahead. And congratulations to the other students and worked hard and did well, also.

  13. nena says:

    WOW!!! Excellent job Dorein!!! Mein it takes a lot to do so good boy!! Belize is proud of you!! SJC is proud! But most of all im sure your parents are really really proud of you!!! Keep up the good work and continue studying to become maybe the Prime Minister of Belize. WOW WOW WOW WOW

  14. The Educated One says:

    WOW!!!!! 15 CXC Grade 1′s….that is FANTASTIC! I am proud of your achievements Dorien!
    Young Belizean Boys & Girls. This is what is POSSIBLE. Do not talk about what you do not have! God will make a way when YOU put forth the hard work & dedication.

    Education IS the key to unlock all doors! Dorien, just continue to put in the work but most importantly, allow your FAITH in God to be you strength! Congrats!

  15. oilgirly says:

    This should have been the first story!! We need some good news! OCNGRATS on a job well done!!

  16. macal rivera says:

    go deh mi lee bredda, prouod a you, if only more young people would follow your footstep.

    you are a shining star in Belize city

  17. Dave says:

    Oilgirly, you are so right… “This should have been the first story!!”

    Belize has a new shining star. I want to know his secret. His faith in God, perhaps? How is that possible in a such a God forsaken country? Come on Channel 5, find out more. Interview his teacher, his friends, parents. I’m sure they had something to do with his success and positive attitude.

  18. CHRIST'S KID says:

    Wow! It’s so wonderful to access the news and for a change read such an uplifting, encouraging, optimistic story—-rather than the usual crime, corruption and degeneration. I continue to pray that my beloved Belize will rise from the state of depravity to which it has sunken in recent years.


  19. Student says:

    congrats dorien!!!
    ive told u this in person but yea!! Im a friend of Dorien and i have worked with him in high school.
    Dorien is the type of person that always aims for the best and he certainly achieved it! His other classmates and myself had no doubt that he would come out on top!!!! The difference between Dorien and the other students at st.johns college and Belize is the drive he has to put in the time and effort needed to succeed.

  20. Proud says:

    Congrts to this youngman….another good news puts Belize on top in the Caribbean. I remember I took 5 cxcs and although I passed all five, got only 1 grade one. so for him to take 3 times as many and get all grade one, I can imagine the hard work.

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