Three Jamaicans to get top CXC awards for 2018

Sunday, November 18, 2018

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Three Jamaicans are to receive the region's top awards based on their performance in the 2018 sitting of the Caribbean Examinations Council administered high school exit exams.

They are Kae-Shanae Virgo of Montego Bay High School, Okeen Wallace of St Georges' College, and Danielle Gennard of Wolmers' Girls. Virgo will take the Best Short Story Award for English 'A'; Wallace will be awarded the Best 3-Dimensional Visual Arts Award; and Gennard, the Best 2-Dimensional Visual Arts Award.

The Jamaicans are among 15 students from the region, representing. This year's awardees will come from Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St Kitts and Nevis, and Trinidad and Tobago,who will be awarded for outstanding performance in various subjects and subject categories in CXC's three exams — Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination, Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate, and Caribbean Certificate of Secondary Level Competence. The awards are scheduled for December 6 at the Methodist Church hall in Kingstown, the capital city of St Vincent and the Grenadines, where CXC will host its annual governance meetings this year.

The meetings are scheduled for December 6 and 7.

Dr Ralph Gonsalves, prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines is expected to deliver the feature address, with remarks to come from St Clare Prince, minister of education, national reconciliation and information; Sir Hilary Beckles, CXC chairman; and Glenroy Cumberbatch, CXC registrar. Aadilah Ali, the most outstanding candidate at CAPE will give the vote of thanks.

Prior to the governance meetings, a delegation comprising CXC officers and the 15 awardees will pay courtesy calls on Governor General Sir Frederick Ballantyne, Prime Minister Gonsalves, Minister Prince, and Opposition Leader Dr Godwin Friday.

The regional awardees will also have opportunities to interact with students from St Vincent and the Grenadines when they make a trip to the Grenadine island of Bequia on Monday December 3, and again on Thursday 6 December, when they will be guests of honour at a brunch hosted by the Ministry of Education for secondary school students, CXC said in a release to the media.

“The regional top awards programme gives the students a great opportunity to experience regional integration at its best,” commented CXC Registrar Glenroy Cumberbatch. “While they are in the host country, the programme allows them not only to meet dignitaries, but also enables them to interact with fellow students. They form life-long friendship as a result and get a better appreciation of how similar we all are.”

Among the other activities the CXC team has planned for the week is a meeting with principals of secondary and primary schools as part of its stakeholder engagement programme designed to provide the opportunity to ask questions, raise concerns and express opinions directly with CXC officials.

St Vincent and the Grenadines last hosted CXC governance meetings in 2006.

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