Jamaican student wins CAPE top award

WritingFilePhotoABridgetown, Barbados — Miss Dea Thomas, a student of Ardenne High School in Jamaica is the 2013 winner of the Dennis Irvine Award, the symbol of academic excellence at the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE).

Dea becomes the first Jamaica student to capture the coveted Dennis Irvine Award since it was introduced in 2006. She achieved Grade I in 12 Units: Applied Mathematics Units 1 and 2, Biology Units 1 and 2, Caribbean Studies, Chemistry Units 1 and 2, Communication Studies, Physics Units 1 and 2 and Pure Mathematics Units 1 and 2.

Another Jamaican student, Tasanique Henry of Hampton High School is the winner of the Humanities award. Tasanique achieved Grade I in eight Units: Caribbean Studies, Communication Studies, History Units 1 and 2, Law Units 1 and 2 and Sociology Units 1 and 2.

The remaining eight awards went to students from schools in Trinidad and Tobago. Two students from St Joseph’s Convent (San Fernando) are among the awardees: Maryam Archie cops the Mathematics award and Elise Francis the Technical Studies award.

Maryam achieved Grade I in 10 Units – Applied Mathematics Units 1 and 2, Caribbean Studies, Chemistry Units 1 and 2, Communication Studies, Physics Units 1 and 2, and Pure Mathematics Units 1 and 2.

Elise achieved Grade I in eight Units: Art and Design Unit 1, Caribbean Studies, Communication Studies, Chemistry Unit 2, Physics Units 1 and 2, Pure Mathematics Units 1 and 2, and Grade II in Art and Design Unit 2 and Chemistry Unit 1.

Shelemiah Peterkin of St Joseph’s Convent (St Joseph) gets the Business Studies Award with Grade I in eight Units: Accounting Units 1 and 2, Caribbean Studies, Communication Studies, Economics Units 1 and 2, and Management of Business Units 1 and 2.

Two students receive the award in Modern Languages: Zakiyah Ali of St Joseph’s Convent (Port of Spain) and Brendan Hatch of Fatima College. Both Zakiyah and Brendan achieved Grade I in eight Units.

Zakiyah achieved Grade I in Caribbean Studies, Communication Studies, French Units 1 and 2, Geography Units 1 and 2, and Spanish Units 1 and 2.

Brendan achieved Grade I in Caribbean Studies, Chemistry Units 1 and 2, Communication Studies, French Units 1 and 2, and Spanish Units 1 and 2.

Stephen Prince of Hillview College takes the Information and Communication Technology award with Grade I in 10 Units – Applied Mathematics Units 1 and 2, Caribbean Studies, Communication Studies, Computer Science Units 1 and 2, Physics Units 1 and 2, Pure Mathematics Units 1 and 2.

Ronan Narine of North Eastern College gets the Environmental Science award with Grade I in eight Units – Biology Units 1 and 2, Caribbean Studies, Communication Studies, Environmental Science Units 1 and 2, and Geography Units 1 and 2

Jean-luc Duval of St Mary’s College wins the Natural Science award with Grade I in nine Units: Biology Units 1 and 2, Caribbean Studies, Chemistry Units 1 and 2, Communication Studies, Physics Units 1 and 2 and Pure Mathematics Unit 1.

“The Regional Top Awards programme has proven to be a good measure of students who are destining for academic excellence. Two former CAPE top awardees are the Caribbean 2013 Rhodes Scholars and two former CSEC awardees were Rhodes Scholars in the past,” Dr Didacus Jules Registrar of CXC noted. “The programme also gives the awardees the opportunity to interact with their peers from around the region and build life-long friendships.”

The awardees will be presented with their prizes on Thursday 5 December at an awards ceremony slated for the National Cultural Centre in Georgetown, Guyana. They will receive monitory prizes, plaques and books as part of the prize package.

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