NGSA top students
confirm dedication, hard
work, strong support
is the key
By Vanessa Narine
The final day of the school term, yesterday, brought joy to sixth graders who are on top of the heap, as the results of the National Grade Six Assessment Examinations were made public.
1st -Larissa Wiltshire from Mae’s Under 12 (567);
They all now have an idea of which secondary school they will be going off to in September, and realise that they are moving on.
Of the 18,
613 students who sat the examinations, a total of 185 from across Guyana, 81
boys and 105 girls made the top one percent of the country.
185, some 13 students constitute Guyana’s top 10 placements at the exams.
general sentiments among those in the top positions were that of mild shock,
excitement and joy, because their hard work has paid off.
top students, in order of placement, are:
-Larissa Wiltshire from Mae’s Under 12 (567);
* 2nd -Samathra
Rocke from St. Margaret’s Primary (565);
-Elijah Bobb from New Guyana School (563);
* 4th –Sasha
Williams from Mae’s Under 12 (562);
* 4th -Abhimanyu
Dev from Leonora Primary (562);
* 6th –Somant
Heeralall from Annandale Primary (560);
* 6th –Khajal
Parasnauth from Dharmic Rama Krishna (560);
Darius Ali from Marian Academy (560);
* 9th –
Raman Arjune from Edinburg Primary (559);
* 9th –
Tonya Alves from Mae’s Under 12 (559);
* 9th –
David Ramroop form Peter’s Hall Primary (559);
* 9th –
Ashmini Persaud from Sparta Primary; and
* 9th –
Lisa John from Leonora Primary (559).
to this year’s top student, Larissa Wiltshire, taking the top place was not
accidental, but the result of many sacrifices and hours of hard work.
top position to back her opinions, Wiltshire urged primary students, Fifth
Graders in particular, to work hard and consistently with high aims, so that at
the end, the results would be worth it.
cannot get the best of anything if you do nothing,” Guyana’s top student
place student Samathra Rocke reiterated this, and explained that the key to her
success was hard work, dedication, early mornings and late nights.
a lot of effort but it was worth it because I did really well,” she said.
Guyana Chronicle caught up with the third place student, Elijah Bobb, he was
participating in his school’s annual sports day and was unavailable for
his headteacher, Ms. Donna Simon, reacted with little surprise.
explained that this was the fruit of much hard work and dedicated efforts on his
place Sasha Williams agreed with this and pointed out that indeed such results
took dedicated efforts.
night I would study and limit any other activity, because I knew if I worked
hard I would do well,” she said.
student that tied with her for the fourth position, Abhimanyu Dev, confirmed
this and added that support was also a crucial element that assisted his
“I studied hard, but the important thing was support from my parents and
particular teacher with special interest in her students is Mrs. Sandra Perry,
Headteacher of Annandale Primary School.
related that her top student, sixth place student Somant Heeralall, was
consistent in excelling in all his classes through his school years, and also
played an active role in sports and cultural activities, even chairing some of
newspaper was unable to contact Heeralall, who yesterday left the country with
his family for a two week vacation in the United States.
she was overjoyed on hearing the good news, and so were Heeralall’s other
teachers who worked overtime to ensure not only his success, but that of the
other students who sat the examinations.
Head declared that Heeralall’s performance will no doubt motivate her teachers
to be more dedicated and committed to their work.
while some schools are continuously working on producing the country’s top
student, Khajal Parasnauth’s tie with Heeralall for sixth place was a
lady from the Dharmic Rama Krishna said though she had high expectations of
doing well, being among the country’s top 10 is a total surprise.
credited her performance to the unwavering support of her parents, teachers, and
God above all.
student who tied with the previous two for sixth place, Darius Ali, explained
that he did not study as strenuously, as his older sister, who was also listed
in the top ten, was there to guide him.
Arjune, who secured ninth place and the top position in Region Six, (East
Berbice/Corentyne), was speechless when he was informed about the results.
Headmistress, Rose Dos Ramos, wept uncontrollably, while his class teacher
‘Sir Roger’ Wilson, could not believe that history was being created at
Edinburg Primary School, East Bank Berbice.
Guyana Chronicle broke the news to the lad, he said he aspires to be a
expressing gratitude to his teachers and parents for their priceless effort, he
was high in praise of his lone sister Ravina, who assisted him a great deal.
ninth place, Tonya Alves stated that guidance is imperative for success and she
too was appreciative of the advice from her parents and teachers who helped her
to become successful.
success, in ninth place, David Ramroop, said the result is a big surprise for
him, even though he always knew he would have done well.
diminutive and outspoken lad, who could have hardly held back his excitement,
expressed overwhelming gratitude to his parents, teachers and God, but singled
out his late grandfather as his source of inspiration.
man said his grandfather, a teacher who passed away two years ago, was always
there to assist him and would even at times wake him up out of his sleep to
answer his questions.
stressed that though he has no career choice in mind, science and mathematics
are his favourite subjects and most likely he will pursue studies in one of
about his preparation for the examinations, Ramroop pointed out that going into
the examination, he had a feeling he was not adequately prepared, but when he
started to put pencil to paper, he was engulfed with a burst of energy and
recounted that from then the papers were a walk in the park. Ramroop said he
strongly believed that the positive energy was God responding to his prayers.
The young man, who emphasised he is “Christian to the bone”, underlined he
believes in prayers and the saying “prayers move mountains”.
ninth place student is Ashmini Persaud. She stated that she was proud to be a
student of the Sparta Primary School and more so to be the top student for
Region Two (Pomeroon/ Supenaam).
attributed her good fortune to the support of her parents and God.
success to God also, the other ninth place student in the top one percent, who
is also a Christian, Lisa John, explained that God, along with her parents,
teachers and family, helped her to be where she is.
top students all acknowledged that the key to success is dedication, hard work
and a strong support base.
They reiterated Guyana’s top student’s charge to upcoming Fifth Graders and other primary students, and confirmed that “You cannot get the best of anything if you do nothing.”
Saturday, July 04, 2009