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Jun 17, 2008

Top P.S.E. scorers recognised in Belmopan ceremony

Story PictureEvery year the performance of students in the Primary School Examinations are scrutinized by experts for academic gaps. But every year the education system also pays homage to those students who excel under pressure. And that is exactly what News Five’s Kendra Griffith witnessed in Belmopan this afternoon.

Kendra Griffith, Reporting
It was standing room only at the George Price Centre in Belmopan this afternoon as proud relatives, school staff, and students gathered to honour the top achievers in the 2008 Primary School Examination.

Twenty-six students were presented with Certificates of Excellence for their overall scores while eight received Certificates of Recognition for individual subject areas.

Scoring three hundred and eighty-eight out of a possible four hundred points, this afternoon Shaneice Lord was presented with the Jane and Michael Nembhard Award.

Shaneice Lord, Recipient, Jane and Michael Nembhard Award
“I know the struggles my peers experienced over the years and more recently months to get where we are right now. As we all can agree, success does not just fall out of the sky like rain. You must work hard and long to achieve your goals. For me this achievement is overwhelming, but I know the work has only just begun.”

Patrick Faber, Minister of Education
“You who are being honoured today are among those who are given more. You have been blessed with God given talents and your parents and teachers and others have invested a lot in you. They have given you more. Therefore, I say to you that more is expected of you. By this I mean, not only in your continued excellence in your performance in school, but equally as importantly or perhaps more importantly in your contribution to society and even the world.”

Second place went to Denesha Grant of Holy Redeemer School also who tied with Taylor Bood Usher of Grace Primary School for scoring the highest in English.

Jacky Cheng of Sacred Heart RC School in the Stann Creek District placed third … while Esther Sun of Mary Hill R.C. in Corozal was ranked fourth place. She also shared top honours in Mathematics with fellow student Peter Lee. Rounding out the top five is St. Ignatius student Emilie Magana.

Star student Shaneice Lord returned to the stage twice more to receive a laptop computer from Minister of Education Patrick Faber and for Certificates of Recognition for attaining the highest score in Mathematics and Science. The twelve year old Bernice Yorke Student had some advice for her fellow honourees and for those who were not as successful.

Shaneice Lord
“To those who did not make the top twenty-five, it is not the end of road. View this stage as the beginning of a new era. I urge you not to be discouraged but to persevere and do you absolute best to achieve your goals. This one exam, the P.S.E., does not and should not determine your future as only you have the power to make sure you have an excellent future. Fellow top achievers, let us not be boastful and self absorbed with our success. Rather, let us be humble, shining examples for the younger students who must follow the high standards we have set for them and our schools.”

The top ten students from the Cayo District were also recognised at today’s ceremony. They each took home trophies and certificates. Similar ceremonies will be held for the top students in each district this week. Kendra Griffith reporting for News Five.

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