Camille Henry Memorial School produced the top Common Entrance exam student this year with a score of 98.33 percent.
The top student is eleven year old Reah Barrett of Eastwinds.
Barrett, who loves to read, said although she experienced some anxiety ahead of the examination, it was not overwhelming.
“I think it was just enough so that I would know what I needed to do,” she told the Times.
Asked what was her key to success, the top student’s one word reply was – God.
Asked about the possible distraction posed to young people by social media, Barrett asserted that there was nothing wrong with social media.
“It depends on what you do with social media,” she declared, adding that in order to succeed young people need to work hard, pray and not push themselves too much but just enough to reach their destination in life.
Her elated mother, Liota Charlemagne-Mason, told the Times that Reah wanted to top the Island.
(Reah with mom)
She recalled that three weeks before the exam her daughter announced that she was working towards that goal.
“Reah has shown signs of excellence from pre-school and she has done extremely well through all of her grades – so we expected her to do well and we are just so happy today,” the mother explained.
Charlemange-Mason said her daughter is mature for her tender age.
“Reah has already researched universities – she knows exactly what university she wants to attend and she knows exactly what she has to do to get there,” the mother disclosed.
She said the family continues to pray with and for the eleven year old, so that all the youngster’s plans will come to fruition.
Camille Henry Memorial School Principal, Beverley Dieudonne told the Times that she was excited, elated and overjoyed by her school’s performance.
Dieudonne’s school topped the Island with a 75 percent mean scored by the 97 students who sat the exam.
“The secret really is team effort and putting God in the middle – it’s the parent, the child and the teachers coming together with God at the centre – that is our secret,” the Principal told the Times.
She agreed that the Common Entrance exam puts pressure on teachers, parents and students.
However Dieudonne explained that her school tried to keep students calm and confident.
The second placed student overall in the Common Entrance Exam is Vianna Flavius of the Desruisseaux Combined school with a score of 97 percent.
She was out on a school tour and could not be reached for an interview.
Andrew Bak of the Tapion School placed third with a score of 96 percent.
Seven students shared fourth place – four of them from Dame Pearlette Louisy Primary School, one from Tapion School, one from Ti Rocher Primary School in Micoud and one from Camille Henry Memorial school, the Ministry of Education said.
The Ministry observed that a number of schools recorded improved performances this year as compared to last year.
They included the Emmanuel Seventh Day Adventist School with a 15 percent increase and the Belle Vue Combined with a mean of 74.89 percent this year as compared to 61.86 percent last year.