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#391240 - 10/28/10 03:04 PM Belize student tops CSEC for first time
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Press Release - October 27, 2010 - BRIDGETOWN, Barbados- For the first time, a student from Belize is the Most Outstanding Candidate Overall in the Region in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) May/June examinations.

He is Dorien Villafranco of St John’s College in Belize City.

Dorien won the award for 2010 by achieving 15 Grade Is at one sitting. He achieved Grade I in Biology, Caribbean History, Chemistry, English A, English B, Information Technology, Integrated Science, Mathematics, Physics, Principles of Accounts, Religious Education, Social Studies, Spanish, Physical Education and Sport and Human and Social Biology.

Dorien achieved A on all is his Profile Grades, except in Caribbean History and Integrated Science in which he received one ‘B’ each.

She`niele Grant of Wolmers Girls’ School, Jamaica receives the award for the Most Outstanding Candidate in Business Education. She achieved Grade I in 11 subjects, including five business subjects with all A Profiles. The five business subjects are Economics, Information Technology, Office Administration, Principles of Accounts and Principles of Business. She`niele also achieved Grade I in Chemistry, English A, English B, Mathematics, Physics and Spanish.

Two other students from Jamaica have won CSEC awards. Ayala Bennett of Ardenne High School is the recipient of the award for the Most Outstanding Candidate in Humanities. Ayala achieved Grade I in 11 subjects including six Humanities subjects - Caribbean History, English B, French, Geography, Social Studies and Spanish. She also achieved Grade I in English A, Information Technology, Mathematics, and Human and Social Biology.

The other Jamaican student to receive a prize this year is Adrian Kellyman of Seaforth High School. Adrian wins the award for the Most Outstanding Performance in Visual Arts, 2-Dimensional work. Adrian produced a piece of work in the Imaginative Composition Section entitled “The City Dump.” The piece depicts various scenes and activities in a city dump.

The other Visual Arts award goes to Hemawati Lochansing, a student of Rio Claro West Secondary School, Trinidad and Tobago. Hemawati receives the award for the Most Outstanding Performance in Visual Arts, 3-Dimensional work. She designed and produced a container for saving coins. Using ceramics, the container was designed in the shape of a tree trunk with two iguanas looking over the opening for the coins.

Oliver Maynard of Presentation Boys’ College, Grenada receives the award for the Most Outstanding Candidate in Technical/Vocational Education. Oliver achieved Grade I in 10 subjects, Grade II in one subject and Grade III in one subject. He achieved Grade I in three Technical/Vocational subjects – Agricultural Science, Technical Drawing and Electrical and Electronic Technology. Oliver also achieved Grade I in Biology, Chemistry, English A, Information Technology, Mathematics, Physics and Principles of Business. He achieved Grade II in Caribbean History and Grade III in Spanish.

Navindra Baldeo of Queen’s College, Guyana wins the award for the Most Outstanding Candidate in Sciences. Navindra achieved 12 subjects at Grade I and one subject at Grade II. He achieved Grade I in six Science subjects – Agricultural Science, Biology, Chemistry, Information Technology, Integrated Science and Physics. He also achieved Grade I in English A, English B, Geography, Electronic Document Preparation and Management and Human and Social Biology, and Grade II in French.

The prize for the Best Short Story in the English A examination goes to Zoie Hamilton of Washington Archibald High School, St Kitts and Nevis.

Zoie’s story is entitled “Grasping Death” and is based on the stimulus: it was the middle of the mathematic class. Mrs. Taylor our teacher suddenly collapsed and sprawled unconscious on the floor. It was terrifying...

As a result of Dorien’s performance, St John’s College will receive the CSEC School of the Year award, a prize which was held by Queen’s College, Guyana for the last four consecutive years.

The awards was were approved last Thursday 21st October 2010 at the meeting of the Sub-Committee of the School Examinations Committee (SUBSEC) held at the Barbados Beach Club.

Awardees will receive their prizes at a ceremony scheduled for Turks and Caicos Islands on Thursday 2nd December 2010. The prize package includes a full scholarship to the University of the West Indies, monetary prizes, plaques and books.

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#391300 - 10/29/10 02:08 PM Re: Belize student tops CSEC for first time [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline

Brilliant Belizean Excels

And amidst all the downright depressing news this week about the aftermath of Hurricane Richard - there is inspiring news tonight about a Belizean who has proved himself to be the best among secondary schoolers in the entire Caribbean.

Dorien Villafranco, a math and physics major at the St. John's Junior College was named the Most Outstanding Candidate overall in the 2010 CSEC examinations, making it the first for Belize.

For those not quite familiar with the term, CSEC is the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate which used to be called the CXC up until a few years ago.

But call it what you want, Villafranco, is the boss of it! The St. John's College graduate topped the Caribbean by achieving an impressive 15 Grade 1's.

He achieved Grade 1 in Biology, Caribbean History, Chemistry, English A, English B, Information Technology, Integrated Science, Mathematics, Physics, Principles of Accounts, Religious Education, Social Studies, Spanish, Physical Education, and Sport and Human and Social Biology - and, again, he got all Grade 1's.

It is an awesome, impressive feat and the unassuming Belmopan resident told Andrea Polanco how he did it:

Dorien Villafranco, 2010 Top CSEC Student
"I was excited that all my hard work that I put in actually paid off in the end and a correction to your statement; it was 15 grades 1; it's just that 13 of them were distinctions and 2 grade 2 profiles."

Andrea Polanco
"What was this preparation like for so many CXCs?

Dorien Villafranco, 2010 Top CSEC Student
"I think it was confinement to my room basically for 4 years. Not going to any parties and stuff just consistent studying the books and just keep on being dedicated to school work. It paid off in the end."

Andrea Polanco
"So did you expect to be name the best student overall within the Caribbean? I mean you made history; you are the first for Belize."

Dorien Villafranco, 2010 Top CSEC Student
"I was expecting the country, I would have to say but the Caribbean is a bit beyond my reach I was thinking, but the Caribbean is a good thing and all my hard work paid off so it was good."

"I would just like to give advice to other students who are pursuing their CXC studies that they should just believe in their selves and put in the hard work and it will pay off in the end."

Frank Garbutt, President SJC
"Dorien has always been an exceptional student and I don't think anyone expected to perform but excellently. It is a wonderful for Belize that the Caribbean now recognizes that we have towering intellectuals like young Dorien and there are many others so it's a wonderful think that we have a young man who is a role model for many others out there to now look to and say that they want achieve just the same."

The Caribbean Examinations Council has awarded Dorien prizes of a full scholarship to the UWI, monetary gifts, plaques and books. Those will be handed over at a ceremony in Turks and Caicos Islands on December 2nd.

As a result of their student's performance, St. John's College will also receive the CSEC School of the Year Award.

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