Corbin’s dream come true
Not all dreams come true, but Kacie Corbin’s surely has.
Today, the 11-year-old’s fantasy of getting top results in this year’s Common Entrance Examination came through when it was announced that she was one of three students tied for the overall spot.
The St Winifred’s student earned 100 per cent in English, 99 per cent in mathematics, and an A in the composition, to get a combined score of 248.77.
When a Barbados TODAY team visited her at the school in Pine Hill, St Michael, the sassy lass could not contain her excitement.
“I sometimes picture a lot of stuff, but sometimes it doesn’t happen. But I am very happy that this happened. Wow, I don’t know what to say, I don’t have any words,” she said excitedly as she embraced fellow top student Abeo Edinboro.
The energetic St Philip resident, who has a long list of high achievers in her family, chose a bursary instead of selection public secondary schools, but admitted she had still not settled on if she would return to St Winifred’s or attend a public school.
“Three of my uncles went to Harrison [College], two of my aunts went to Queen’s [College] and when I told them I wasn’t really sure about going to Queen’s or Harrison one of my aunts was like ‘Queen’s is my school’, but I know they’ll be happy for me. I am so overjoyed. I just kind of thought it would be great to [be in the top 10] because my family would be really happy . . . and are proud of me.
On how she will celebrate her success, a jovial said some ice cream would “make her day” and a little dinner would make it even better.
Close friend Abeo Edinboro also had much to be proud of. Though much more reserved than Corbin she said she was equally happy and excited about being the eighth top student in Barbados. Her aggregate was 246.61 with a “B” in the composition.
As she and Corbin jumped for joy, basking in the joy of their success, Edinboro said she was elated that she would be joining her big sister Ayndale at Harrison College next term.
The ten-year-old, though very proud of what she achieved, said she was in doubt initially because her work was sometimes very inconsistent. So to make up for this shortfall she took extra lessons.
“In past papers I would sometimes get in the 80’s and sometimes in the 90s and it would go up and down so I didn’t really know if I was going to do well or not. But after I did the exam I knew I did well in the maths but I wasn’t sure about the English because the comprehension was a little hard. So I feel really happy and I never thought I’d be in the top ten,” she added.