The name on everyone’s lips at Hindsbury Primary Wednesday afternoon was that of Ayanna St Hill.
The deputy head girl emerged among the top performers in Mathematics with 100 per cent, much to the delight of her parents Nelvin St Hill and Allanna Albert.
Ayanna, who is headed to Queen’s College, was a bit shy but her Class 4 teacher Samantha Grant told Barbados TODAY she always expected her to do well.
“I was surprised but still not surprised. Ayanna is a very diligent child and she is a humble person and for me the combination makes for success. I’m very happy and proud of her,” Grant said.
Over at the Rock Christian School, Imani Gaskin could not hold back her emotions when it was revealed that she would be heading to Harrison College.
The 11-year-old said she owed it all to God.
“I am very excited. All the hard work paid off. I couldn’t have done it without the Lord,” the elated student told Barbados TODAY.
Her parents Robin and Carol Gaskin were equally excited about their daughter’s achievements, also giving God the glory.
“We are just humble and thankful to God. Without Him it couldn’t be possible,” the proud mother said.
“It’s not pride at all, just utter thanks to the Almighty,” her husband added.
Javonne Gittens of the St Gabriel’s Primary is also on the list of top achievers, but had experienced jitters before the results were announced.
“I was worried I wasn’t going to make it, but I did,” said Javonne, who also revealed that “I didn’t really give up anything for the exam I just did less”.
His principal Angela Blackett was extremely happy and proud of her school’s performance this year.
At Charles F Broome Memorial Primary, three girls received perfect scores in Mathematics.
They are Vanessa Greenidge, Jahsara George and Shania Thomas, who are simply over the moon.
Vanessa also scored 90 in English and an ‘A’ in Composition.
She explained that Queen’s College was her first choice, adding that it will be a dream come true for her to be able to attend the Husbands, St James learning institution.
“I love QC, I know that I will do well there academically and it is close to my home,” said an overjoyed Vanessa, who is an avid chess player with dreams of becoming a paediatrician and has so far been able to strike a balance between her academic studies and her extra-curricular activities.
Joining her at Queen’s College in September will be Jahsara, who scored 91 in English and a ‘B’ in Composition.
Jahsara was generally pleased with her performance, telling Barbados TODAY that all of her hard work had paid off.
An elated Thomas said she was forced to overcome challenges along the way.
“My class was behind as our teacher became ill, so we were at a disadvantage but then she really worked with us to ensure we were absolutely ready,” said Shania who scored 98 in English and got an ‘A’ in Composition.
“I had to go to school in the Christmas and Easter vacation, but it was worth it,” added Shania, who is off to Harrison College in September.