Students win big in EduFocal awards

Sunday, July 07, 2013

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CHRISTOPHER Freeburn and Shamique Francis have been declared winners in the inaugural EduFocal Awards Competition.

The announcement of the duo's victory was made on July 1 at the first staging of the EduFocal Awards Ceremony which was held at the Pegasus Hotel in Kingston.

Freeburn is a student of Cornwall College and the winner in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) category, while Francis, a student of Greater Portmore Primary School, is the winner in the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) category. They were both awarded laptops from FLOW and a cash prize of $30,000 each.

"I feel very elated. I feel very good about being selected for first place," Freeburn, 15, told Career & Education.

He said he's now more excited to use the online services of EduFocal to prepare for his CSEC examinations in the next two years.

"I'm in the ninth grade and I've [already] benefited a lot, because it has helped me with my schoolwork greatly. It has helped me to understand what I will be doing in CSEC and what I am already doing in grade nine," Freeburn said.

Francis,13, says she "feels good" and surprised that she was the best overall GSAT user of the online preparation products of EduFocal.

She attained an 85 per cent average in GSAT and will attend Convent of Mercy Academy 'Alpha' in September.

"[EduFocal] prepared me in a lot of ways. It helped me to prepare for subjects I was not comfortable with, like mathematics and social studies in GSAT," she said.

EduFocal is an online social learning service geared at assisting primary and secondary level students with their preparation for various grade level schoolwork, as well as GSAT and CSEC.

According to Gordon Swaby, CEO, the winners were assessed and selected based on their use of the online social learning products the company offers.

"The students were selected based on their performance over time on EduFocal, so it's how they have been doing on the system based on how long they have been using EduFocal, how many points they have accumulated over a particular time and their consistency for a particular rank," Swaby said.

The students were primarily assessed using the 'leader board'. With that application, students competed by completing activities, gaining points and climbing to the coveted top spot.

"This friendly competition gets students even more excited about learning. It is truly inspiring to observe the positive interaction between students as they conquer all the areas of the GSAT and CSEC syllabi," Swaby said.

The winners in the competition in the GSAT category from second to tenth place were: Alyssa Simpson and David Ramdeen from Wolmer's Prep; Roshena Griffiths from St George's Girls Primary & Infant School; Tajae Edwards from Pembroke Hall Primary; Kyjuan Jackson from Marlie Mount Primary & Infant School; Isjcah Browne from Sts Peter & Paul Prep; Abigail Jones from Greater Portmore Primary; Saxae Williams from Half-Way-Tree Primary; and Nanseecheh Roache from Kingsway Prep.

The winners in the CSEC category from second to tenth place were Stacy Kirkland from Westwood High; Nicholas Brown from Ardenne High; Andre Swaby from Knox College;, Priscilla Baker and Sarina Fisher from St Jago High; Shantol Barton from Alpha; Tameka Gayle from Wolmer's; Nashawn Madourie from Seaforth High; and Soren Waugh from Wolmer's.

— Ainsworth Morris

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