Daniel Babb of Boscobel Primary School in St Peter is living testimony that hard work pays off.
When Daniel received his Common Entrance exam results on Wednesday evening and learned that he would be heading to his school of choice – Harrison College – in September, he said relief came over him.
Though very confident about his performance, a very reserved Daniel told Barbados TODAY when he heard where he was going, all he could do was smile and exhale.
“We were outside playing football and our teacher called us inside. I knew right away she had the results. I also knew she would be calling my name first because it goes in alphabetical order and I was first on the list so I just tried to calm myself, listen to what she had to say. A part of me knew I had done it though,” he said.
Daniel scored 93 in English, 87 in Mathematics and received an ‘A’ in Composition. Today he is thanking God and all those who assisted him as he prepared for his exam.
“I am very elated about how I did. I am very thankful for all my teachers and family for the support they gave me. They all worked with me and encouraged me. I really put in a lot of hard work on Saturdays and weekdays after school and I feel very good because I did a great job,” he said with a smile.
Daniel, who has dreams of becoming a professional cricketer, said he was looking forward to all his new school had to offer.
“Yes, I want to become a cricketer, but I also know academics are very important. I’m looking forward to continuing in my studies at HC. Looking forward to new challenges and experiences and also playing cricket there. I know that once I’m there I will decide what other profession I want to go in to,” he said.
Daniel’s parents Harold and Sandra Babb are extremely proud of their son’s performance.
“I always knew Daniel was very bright. I feel very proud of him. He had his mind made up from day one he wanted to go Harrison College and he worked very hard to get there.
“He made a lot of sacrifices and at the end of the day it paid off. His mom, brothers and sister encouraged him a lot and helped him in anything he needed.
“Today, I am a very proud father, to see that he can come from here in Boscobel, a school that is hardly recognized and yet it has done so well. He did his school and the parish of St Peter very proud,” he said.
Mom Sandra simply could not contain her excitement and said she was thanking God for bringing him through.
“I am ecstatic. Daniel sets high standards for himself. He’s very self driven and determined to achieve. He was very consistent throughout school, always coming at the top of his class. I would like to say a special thank you to all his teachers who helped him a long the way,” she said.
The top girl at Boscobel Primary, Jamie Haynes, will be heading to Alexandra. She too is quite pleased with her performance.
“I feel very happy. My dad would always tell me, ‘it’s not where you go, it’s what you do when you get there and I’m very pleased that I will be attending The Alexandra School.
“It is a very good school from what I have heard and I am looking forward to doing my best there,” she said.
Class teacher Paula Toppin said she was very proud of all her students, especially the school’s head boy and head girl.
“The two top students put in a lot of effort throughout the years here and it culminated in them getting what they wanted and I believe they are both pleased with their results.
“We always push our students at Boscobel to excel. We have always encouraged them to live up to that ability and I’m sure that when they move on to the next level they would do even better,” Toppin said.