Charles F. Broome student excited to be in the top
Jaimie-Lynn Taitt Gibson could hardly contain her joy as the news spread across the Charles F. Broome Primary School that she was one of the island’s top students.
Gibson is in a three-way tie for the coveted title of top student in the Barbados Secondary Schools’ Entrance Exam (BSSEE) with a score of 248.77 and an A.
“I am really excited. I expected it but there’s nothing that could prepare me for it so I am really, really happy. I couldn’t want anything better,” she told the media in the presence of her beaming mother Carol Nicholls and class teacher Carol Applewhaite.
Her mother, a managing partner at KPMG Charters, who came rushing in after a phone call from the school, was equally excited about the news.
“I am relieved. I knew that she could do well but I knew that she set high standards for herself and I am glad that her hard work paid off. She is a very loving child, very hard working, very determined; I could learn a lot from her, so I am very, very happy. I hope that she will realise that hard work is the key to success because this is just the beginning,” she said.
Jaimie-Lynn’s teacher, an educator for the past 30 years, said she was “quietly expectant but not at all surprised”.
“I cannot think of a more deserving student for this honour than Jamie-Lynn. She has been extremely disciplined,” Applewhaite said.
Principal Louis Griffith echoed her sentiments saying: “I’m not surprised, she is a quiet and unassuming person. I anticipated that one of the students would be in the top ten but I wasn’t sure who it would have been.”
Gibson, who will attend Harrison College next term, admitted that she experienced some nerves before the Common Entrance Exam but was very focused on her goal.
“I was nervous. I think I was well prepared but I was still a bit nervous likeyou would be, but I wasn’t overly nervous,” she added.
She said her choice for Harrison college was made because her sister Carla Nicholls, who herself was a top student in the 2003 BSSEE, attended the Crumpton Street school.
Meanwhile a proud principal Griffith is hoping that the trend continues in the coming years.
“I am very happy with the performance of the children and I would have to see and do an analysis to see where we can do better, but I am most pleased with the performance,” he said.
Charles F. Broome had one student in the top ten BSSEE last year.