Sarah Hakh Region’s most outstanding CSEC Candidate…16 grade ones at age 16
Guyana’s Sarah Hakh of Abram Zuil Secondary School has been declared the Most Outstanding Candidate Overall in the Region for the 2012 Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) Examination.
The 16-year-old has been added to a long list of Guyanese candidates who have copped Regional Top Awards for outstanding performances at CSEC.
According to a release issued by the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC), the awards were ratified at the meeting of the Sub-Committee of Schools Examinations Committee (SUBSEC) held last week Thursday.
Hakh wrote 16 subjects and achieved all Grade Ones with all A’s 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.
As a result of Hakh’s performance, Abram Zuil Secondary will receive the CSEC School of the Year award for 2012.
Two students from The Bishops’ High School, Tamasha Maraj and Deowattie Narine, are also among the winners this year, according to the CXC release. Maraj has been bestowed with 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.
Narine, on the other hand, secured the award for the Most Outstanding Candidate in the Sciences. She 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, has secured the title of Most Outstanding Candidate in Technical Vocational Education. Singh 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.
Meanwhile, Ilona Loustric, a student of Harrison College, Barbados, was able to cop the award for the Best Short Story in the English A examination. Loustric’s 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.”
Awards for the Most Outstanding Candidates in Visual Arts have been secured by students from Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago. Dominique Harris of Queen’s College in Barbados is the Most Outstanding Candidate in Visual Arts, 2-Dimensional work, having produced a piece entitled “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, has been awarded to Camille Parris of St Joseph’s Convent, San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago. Parris’ creation was taken from the Sculpture and Ceramics Expressive Form which saw her producing 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.”
Matthew Blake of the St Jago High School in Jamaica is set to receive the award for the Most Outstanding Candidate in the Humanities, since he achieved Grade I in 10 subjects, with A Profiles in nine and one B Profile in Geography. Blake, according to the release, achieved Grade I in Caribbean History, Chemistry, English A, English B, French, Geography, Information Technology, Mathematics, Social Studies and Spanish.
The awardees will receive their prizes at a ceremony scheduled for Anguilla on Thursday December 6, 2012. The prize package includes a full scholarship to the University of the West Indies, monetary prizes, plaques and books.
However, the outstanding Guyana candidates will today be duly awarded by the Ministry of Education when it hosts its annual National Awards Ceremony, as will the most outstanding performers of the National Grade Six Assessment and the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations.
The event, which is slated for the National Cultural Centre, will feature addresses by President Donald Ramotar and Minister of Education Priya Manickchand.