KHAREY Barrett, Morganne Sewell and Timothy Davis earned the prestigious Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) Trophy, awarded by their school St Ann's Bay Prep, after top scoring in the exams earlier this year.
They trio — who each scored a 93 per cent average — were awarded at the their graduation ceremony, held on June 28. It was the first time in the school's 72-year history that three children were sharing the trophy.
"I am so relieved and happy at the same time," said 11-year-old Kharey, who will attend Knox Community College in September.
"I studied night and day and this proves to me that with God, a focused mind and hard work, I can only succeed," added the youth, who hopes to pursue studies in gynaecology, neurology and cardiology.
His sentiments were echoed by Timothy, who in 2011 returned to Jamaica from Dominica to attend Savanna-la-Mar Seventh-day Adventist Prep before transferring to St Ann's Bay Prep in January.
"I felt that my hard work paid off and I was confident because I know I did my best," said the budding pilot, who will attend Munro College in the next school year.
Morganne, who wants to become a marine biologist, has been the top girl since grade one, but was nonetheless surprised at her achievement.
"I was so surprised because I had to contend with some brilliant classmates. So while I was not absolutely sure of obtaining the top GSAT score, I remained hopeful and positive," she said.
Their teachers Nickiesha Miller-Campbell and Lena Isaacs said they had expected nothing less from the students.
"Morganne Sewell is highly ambitious. She studies hard and as such always tops her class. She is a very quiet, unassuming individual, who when engaged, participates well. As for Kharey, he is a student that every teacher would like to have. He is mature, attentive, loving, and dependable. Kharey is well informed and applies his knowledge to any conversation in which he may be engaged. He is a very active participant in school activities," noted Miller-Campbell.
Timothy received similarly high praise from Isaacs.
"Timothy is a well-rounded student and I appreciate the fact that he works well with his peers and shows independence in completing assigned task. He is really a friendly boy and, as a teacher, I respect the fact that he is helpful, jovial, polite, and pleasant to be around," she said.
Other top performers at the school were:
* Allano Wauch, who scored 92 per cent and will attend Munro College;
* Donald Turnbull, who scored 91 per cent and will attend Knox Community College; and
* Rohanne Francis, who scored 92 per cent and will attend Westwood High.
"We encourage prayer before every class and I am happy that God has seen us through another year with these top performers. I commend all our students and teachers, who worked hard to achieve the results we have. We can only continue to aim for excellence under God," said principal Paulette Ambursely.
Of the 36 students who sat the GSAT at the school, 20 were placed in traditional high schools — St Hilda's Diocesan High, Munro College, Knox College, Westwood High, York Castle High, Ferncourt High, The Queen's School, and Iona High.