DACIA Henry, Tyra Cameron and Saphia Burrell, the Top Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) County Scholars for 2012, were recently awarded by TANG Jamaica with scholarships totalling $150,000.
Henry, 11, from Bridgeport Primary School, outperformed all other GSAT students in the county of Middlesex this year. Cameron, 12, from Dunrobin Primary, came out ahead in the county of Surrey while Burrell, 13, from Brompton Primary topped the county of Cornwall.
The three top county scholars were awarded on July 20 by Facey Commodity Company Limited — local distributors of Tang fruit drink mixes — at a luncheon hosted at the Courtleigh Hotel in Kingston.
Henry, who was awarded a place at Campion College, said she was happy to be have been named among the Top GSAT County Scholars this year.
"I feel very good. I am very grateful and I am expecting a very good experience from Campion College," she told the Jamaica Observer after collecting her cheque valued at $50,000 and her gift basket.
"I like Campion's academic system and their extra-curricular activities," she added.
Henry scored 100 per cent in mathematics, 100 per cent in science, 100 per cent in social sciences, 99 per cent in English language, and 11/12 in communication tasks.
Burrell, whose grades in the GSAT afforded her a place at Manchester High School, was equally excited about the scholarship.
"I am overwhelmed. I am very happy and I hope they will continue to support less fortunate children annually with scholarships," said the girl who scored 100 per cent in mathematics, 98 per cent in science, 99 per cent in social studies, 94 per cent in English language and 12/12 in communication tasks.
"It was all about studying. I went to morning classes, evening classes and Saturday classes," added Burrell, who hopes to become a professional netballer.
Cameron, for her part, told Career & Education that she was surprised by the award.
"I am elated, but kind of surprised. I just never really expected it. I know so many other persons who I thought did better than me, but I am grateful to Tang," she said.
Cameron scored 100 per cent in mathematics, 100 per cent in science, 100 per cent in social studies, 100 per cent in English language and 11/12 in communication tasks.
The Top GSAT County Scholars, have received awards from the Facey Commodity Company Limited for the past five years. The scholarships were formerly branded under their KRAFT brand, which the company distributes locally. This year, they were rebranded under their fruit-flavoured beverage mixture brand, TANG.
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From left: Dacia Henry, Tyra Cameron and Saphia Burrell, the top three Grade Six Achievement Test county scholars who were awarded by TANG Jamaica on July 20, all share the spotlight with their cheques and gift baskets presented to them by the Facey Commodity Company Limited.