Two Barbadian students are among the outstanding regional performers in this year’s Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate.
Ilona Loustric, a student of Harrison College, Barbados, received the award for the Best Short Story in the English A examination. Her short story was in response to the stimulus in Question 5, which was – My people were special to me. I had to warn them that a storm, such as they had never seen, was coming.
The awards for the Most Outstanding Candidates in Visual Arts category went to students from Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago.
Dominique Harris of Queen’s College in Barbados receuved the award for the Most Outstanding Candidate in Visual Arts, 2-Dimensional work. Harris produced a piece titled Architectural from the Textile Design and Manipulation Expressive Form.
“The design was impactful, exciting and aesthetically pleasing to the eyes. The all-over design forced the viewer’s eyes to move all around the fabric and not focus in any particular area,” the chief examiner commented in explaining the reason for the choice. “Great attention was paid to the elements and principles of design.”
The award for the Most Outstanding Candidate in Visual Arts, 3-Dimensional work went to Camille Parris of St. Joseph’s Convent, San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago. Camille’s creation was taken from the Sculpture and Ceramics Expressive Form. She produced a mug for drinking coconut water with the handle in the form of a lizard.
“The candidates demonstrated superior knowledge and understanding in the choice of materials and techniques relative to the task and theme. There was a high level of skill in the manipulation of the media, which in this case was clay,” the chief examiner stated. “The jug was extremely aesthetically pleasing and functional.”
Students from schools in Guyana continue to dominate the regional top awards for outstanding performances at the CSEC.
Sarah Hakh of Abram’s Zuil Secondary School, Guyana is the winner of the award for Most Outstanding Candidate Overall in the region. Sarah wrote 16 subjects and achieved Grade I in all 16 subjects with all As on the Profile grades. The 16 subjects are: Agricultural Science (Single Award), Biology, Economics, English A, Food and Nutrition, Home Economics Management, Integrated Science, Mathematics, Office Administration, Principles of Accounts, Principles of Business, Social Studies, Spanish, Electronic Document Preparation and Management, Physical Education and Sport and Human and Social Biology.
Two students from Bishops’ High School, Guyana are among the winners this year: Tamasha Maraj and Deowaitte Narine. Maraj went the award for the Most Outstanding Candidate in Business Education with 13 subjects – Economics, English A, English B, Mathematics, Office Administration, Principles of Accounts, Principles of Business, Social Studies, Electronic Document Preparation and Management at Grade I; and Additional Mathematics, Caribbean History, Information Technology and Human and Social Biology at Grade II.
The award for the Most Outstanding Candidate in the Sciences went to Narine, who achieved Grade I in 13 subjects – Additional Mathematics, Agricultural Science, Biology, Chemistry, English A, English B, Information Technology, Integrated Science, Mathematics, Physics, Social Studies, Human and Social Biology, and Electrical and Electronic Technology.
Karran Singh, a student of St. Rose’s High School in Guyana is the Most Outstanding Candidate in Technical Vocational Education. Karran achieved Grade I in 12 subjects – Agricultural Science (Double Award), Biology, Building Technology (Construction), Chemistry, English A, Food and Nutrition, Home Economics Management, Mathematics, Building Technology (Woods), Chemistry, Electronic Document Preparation and Management, Human and Social Biology, and Social Studies; Grade II in Technical Drawing and Grade III in English B.
Matthew Blake of the St. Jago High School in Jamaica receives the award for the Most Outstanding Candidate in the Humanities. He achieved Grade I in 10 subjects, with all A Profiles except one B Profile in Geography. He achieved Grade I in Caribbean History, Chemistry, English A, English B, French, Geography, Information Technology, Mathematics, Social Studies and Spanish.
As a result of Hakh performance, Abram’s Zuil Secondary School, Guyana will receive the CSEC School of the Year award for 2012.
The awardees will receive their prizes at a ceremony scheduled for Anguilla on December 6, 2012. The prize package includes a full scholarship to the University of the West Indies, monetary prizes, plaques and books.