Brightsparks: Shamar James
SIXTEEN-YEAR-OLD Shamar James, former student and deputy head boy at the Ocho Rios High School, is still beaming with pride after passing all 11 subjects with nine distinctions and two credits in the recent sitting of the CSEC examination.
The young man, who hails from the Higgling Town community in St Ann, said he was utterly surprised and ecstatic following the announcement of his results.
"I wanted to scream and run all over the place! It was unbelievable," he shared with TEENage, during an exclusive interview.
He earned distinctions in mathematics, english language, biology, physics, chemistry, information technology, principles of business, principles of accounts and credits in social studies and geography.
Although Shamar refuses to be labelled a nerd, he admitted that he sacrificed a great deal of his social time to study and practice prior to his examinations.
"I worked closely with the teachers at school, worked past paper questions and gathered outside knowledge from playing with the school's quiz team," he stated.
Shamar describes himself as articulate, jovial, hard-working, patient and understanding. He stated that his desire to be successful and to rise to the highest echelon in society has always been his driving force and to date, it has clearly been paying off.
In addition to serving as deputy head boy for his school, Shamar also served as public relations officer for the School's Challenge Quiz team and as an active member of the sign language and performing arts groups. He acknowledged his commitment to his time management schedule in balancing his academic studies and leadership positions.
But it isn't all work and no play for Shamar. The hopeful pilot stated that he enjoys listening to R&B music and spends most of his leisure conversing with friends via Facebook®. He also admitted to being a frequent party patron, particularly during the holidays away from school.
As he continues his academic studies at Wolmer's Boys sixth form, he is advising TEENs who are preparing to sit CSEC examinations to buy the syllabus for their various subject areas and follow it.
"Practice, practice, practice," he also added.
Shamar says he especially wants to thank his mathematics teacher, Mr Napier, at the Ocho Rios High School and his study partner and best friend Andrea Ramatore for his success.
"They believed in me when many others doubted me," he closed.
— Shawna-Kay Williams