Top girl Jahzara Sikudhani Barrow was on cloud nine after she received the results of this year’s Barbados Secondary Schools’ Entrance Examination.
The Christ Church Girls’ School student was in disbelief, having never expected she would be attending Queen’s College in September.
Barrow scored 99 in Mathematics (converted score of 120.16), 96 in English (converted score 119.71) for a total of 249.87 with an ‘A’ in Composition to be ranked fourth overall on the island.
Not hiding their elation, her father Michael Barrow, her mother Shari Greenidge and her grandmother Natalie Miller smothered her with hugs and words of congratulations today as soon as they received the good news.
Which basking in her success, Jahzara admitted that though she has consistently been a top performer at the Water Street Christ Church School, she did not expect to be ranked among the best in the island.
“I did not expect to be the top girl because I feel there are other students who could have scored higher than me that could be in this position,” the 11-year-old senior prefect humbly said.
The endless months of studying prior to the examination, which was held on May 8, paid off. Although she expected to score 100 in Mathematics, she missed that mark by one.
Nevertheless, the aspiring animator was still very pleased with her overall performance.
Her mother Shari Greenidge could not contain her excitement. With a beaming smile, Greenidge told the reporters that despite her daughter’s uncertainty she knew that would have performed marvelously.
“I knew she could have done it but she told me that she is going to just opt for [The] St Michael [School] because she missed out a word in the Composition, but she still got an A,” said the proud mother said.
Describing her daughter as consistent, mannerly and humble, Greenidge said Jahzara was “everything you could ask for”.
Also elated with his daughter’s success, her father Michael said jokingly that the 11-year-old got her smarts from her dad.
“She always makes me proud. I always believed in her and continue to believe in her. She is a very bright student. A girl that listens [and] that stays focused on her work,” he said, adding with a chuckle, “she is very intelligent like her dad”.
Also celebrating were Jahzara’s Class 4 teachers Donna Huntingdon and Francine Lorde.
Jahzara was in Huntingdon’s Class 4N during her first term. However the educator realized half way through the school term that Jahzara’s learning ability was faster than her classmates. Huntingdon then made the wise decision to transfer the exceptional student to Class 4H.
“She was always a top student and ahead of the class and I noticed . . . that Jahzara always finished first and I had to give her extra work to do,” Huntingdon recalled.
“She has always worked very hard. She is very consistent and we are happy today that what we did . . . has paid off,” the senior teacher added.
Principal Orlaine Benn commended the shy student for abiding by the school’s motto, ‘I persevere’. She encouraged the Queen’s College bound student to set an example to her peers and to younger students as well.
“Jahzara, she really is an inspiration for all. I would hope that the other students from the Christ Church Girls’ School would wish to emulate the tradition . . . of excellence,” Benn added. (KK)