GSAT Scholarship winners - Meet some!
GSAT results are out and almost 50,000 young people will make their way into high school come September. Meet some of the top performing students, all of whom are scholarship winners.
Amar Chung's teacher describes him as a student who is unassuming and shines quietly, but ranks amongst the academically inclined elite at the school. Amar hates pressure and is usually quite laid back.
Before learning he was awarded a scholarship, Amar said he was anxiously waiting and hoping to get good grades to move on to his school of first choice, Campion College. As it turns out he not only passed for the high school he dreamt of going, he also received a Government Scholarship.
When asked what were his thoughts on high school, he said, "I think it is a place that accommodates growth, and should bring me some good challenges."
Apart from performing well academically, Amar loves to play lawn tennis and spends a great deal of time on the computer and playing video games. Amar also seems to be quite a visionary, as he sat down and spoke quite confidently about his future.
"I hope to do well at high school, which will enable me to get into a good tertiary school. After accomplishing this I hope to get a good job." For the summer he intends to do a tremendous amount of swimming, watch discovery channel and do some studying for high school.
Shantay Foster said that even though she studied very hard for GSAT, she did not expect to receive a scholarship. Shantay does not believe that her GSAT performance was all that outstanding. However, when The Gleaner spoke to her teacher Mrs. Althea Brown, she stated quite confidently that Shantay is a brilliant child who has an investigative mind. She also stated that she expected Shantay to perform extremely well, being that she has always been a top performer in her class.
Her academic achievements can be traced back to her uni-que study habits. She usually reads at least two books per week and practises quite frequently. When asked about her success, she spoke highly of her parents support.
"My parents always encourage me to do my best and they always find time to help me," stated Shantay.
Samantha Chin-You was on a slide playing when she heard the news that she had received a Government scholarship. After she heard the news she was quite excited and remained jubilant throughout the interview.
"I was shocked to know that my grades were that high to be considered scholarship worthy," said a panting Samantha.
Her teacher described her as a reserved student who is very humble, but a competitive student who is never satisfied with mediocrity. Throughout her tenure at Belair Preparatory, she has never handed in a late assignment and is always outperforming her peers. Her success came with lots of help from her parents and sister, who constantly advised her and gave her quizzes. When asked about her future, she said that she is looking forward to the new experience that comes with high school and doing her CXCs. Even though Samantha may not be athletically inclined, she is a wonderful pianist.
"I AM lost for words because I am so relieved," was the reaction of Marissa Cotterell on Thursday when she learnt that she earned a scholarship in the GSAT exams.
According to Marissa, she studied hard for the exams but she admitted that she was worried about the results. "Well I am like all other students who took the exams," she said. "I was worried."
Marissa pointed out that she has no special technique for studying and noted that she is not a geek. "All I do is go through the book of each subject, page by page and try to understand the basics," she noted. "After I do that I remember things easily." Marissa also credits all her teachers for her success. "My teachers have been very helpful," she stated. "If I didn't understand anything from class, I ask questions and my teachers were always willing to help. Plus my teachers were always willing to challenge me and that was very helpful."
Marissa is exploring the possibilities of becoming either a journalist or a veterinarian. She will be attending the Mt. Alvernia High School in Montego Bay.
When Antoinette Henry, a student of the Barracks Road Primary School, learnt that she earned a scholarship in the GSAT exams, she burst into tears.
Antoinette Henry (right) and her mother.
"I am so happy, so happy," she said.
Antoinette who won one of three Blue Cross scholarships awarded to children whose parents are teachers, pointed out that she was not expecting news of a scholarship.
"I knew I studied a lot but this is a real big surprise for me," she said.
According to Antoinette, the secret to her success lies in "studying a lot. A whole lot. Whenever I study I would read the material and try to simplify it in my mind. Whenever I do that I remember it very easily."
Antoinette hopes to become a gynaecologist and knows she will accomplish this through studying hard and "going the extra mile".
"At Montego Bay High School," the bubbly 12-year-old said, "There I am going to study a lot and take as much classes as I can. I really plan to do well there."