Not everyone was all smiles as they received their 11-Plus results Wednesday.
Shaniah Graham of the West Terrace Primary School was in tears immediately after receiving her official slip.
One of the top students in this year’s 11-plus exam, Shaniah scored full marks in Mathematics and 90 per cent in English, but was simply devastated to learn that she will be attending Queen’s College without her best friend.
With red-rimmed eyes, the 11-year-old was aggrieved as she and her best friend Destiny Small hugged each other in disappointment.
When she was finally able to calm herself down, Shaniah disclosed that she was still in shock over the results.
“I feel very proud and I am not surprised because I know I could have done this, so I am speechless,” the West Terrace Primary School student said.
The Mathematics paper proved to be a breeze for Shaniah who admittedly loves the subject and aspires to work with numbers in the future.
The budding accountant said her next step before entering secondary school was to go to Bubba’s Sports Bar to celebrate her exam feat.
Her mother Shonette Turney was also moved to tears. However, hers were tears of happiness over the fact that her daughter was able to achieve her goal of attending the Husbands, St James learning institution.
“I cried [until] my head is pounding right now. I was so excited and proud. Judging from her performance from lower school coming up, I could have seen that Shaniah would have done well,” Turney told Barbados TODAY.
Beverley Burrowes, principal of the West Terrace Primary School, congratulated Shaniah on her achievements which did not come as a surprise.
“She has been consistent from Reception until now, so the result today is not a big surprise. We sort of expected that she would have been very good in Mathematics, so she has lived up to that name,” Burrowes said.
Although she could not give a precise number, the principal disclosed that approximately 75 per cent of the students who sat this year’s exam would be attending older secondary schools.