It was a tidal wave of emotions for ten-year old Amyah Ellis, who on Thursday secured a position at the school of her dreams, Queen’s College.
The early sitter always considered herself smart, but was shocked to learn that she had emerged as the top girl at Trinity Academy following the May 8 Common Entrance exam.
She recalled that it was her mother who encouraged her to sit the exam one year early, confidently telling her, “you got this!”
Ellis also recalled the exam jitters that followed her into the exam room.
“When I first got in I was really, really scared, but when I saw the paper I started to cool down and then I got through it and when I got out I breathed a sigh of relief and I said, ‘it was all over,’” she said.
Her nerves took over again on Thursday as soon as the exam results arrived at her school. However, her tears quickly dried up as soon as she received the slip of paper which confirmed that not only was she on her way to Queen’s College, but that she was her school’s top girl.
Elated, overjoyed and happy were just some of the words she used to sum up her emotions that followed, especially when she considered one of her major childhood dreams.
“When I was young I used to say, ‘I want to go to Queen’s College because I want to be a queen’ [and now] it feels awesome,” she told Barbados TODAY.
Her Class 4 teacher Menell Corbin was quietly confident that she would nail the exam after observing her performance over the year.
When the idea was mooted of Ellis sitting the exam early Corbin remembered saying, “Go for it. You are quite capable of getting this job done. You’ve been working well and I don’t expect any hiccups along the way because [you’ve] been consistent”.
Ellis, who has hopes of one day becoming a veterinarian, told Barbados TODAY that now the hard work was over, she planned to celebrate and play with her 19 pets, including two birds, three turtles, ten fish, three rabbits and a “hyper active” dog. She will also volunteer at The Ark Animal Welfare Society during the summer.
To those taking on the exam next year, she said “if you put your mind to it, [you] can get it done no matter how young or how old you are”.