The top 20 students in this year’s Common Entrance Examination, otherwise referred to as the 11-Plus, have been recognized for their achievements.
While presenting the students with Mont Blanc pens Thursday, Managing Director of Diamonds International Jacob Hassid commended them for their hard work and diligence. He also said Barbados was blessed with tremendous “talent” and had “a lot more to offer than any other Caribbean island”.
Managing Director of Altman Real Estate Paul Altman said it was important to “recognize people who have achieved excellence”.
Acting Minister of Education Senator Harcourt Husbands, who was also in attendance, recalled that as a student, he was gifted with a Parker fountain pen by his father. He told the top performers to “appreciate the quality of this gift”, which he said should motivate them to pursue even higher achievements.
Senator Husbands said the students had “every reason to feel proud” and “to celebrate this very important occasion”, because of the hard work they had put in.
He advised them to “enjoy the entire vacation period . . . because from here on, life is going to change substantially”.