The name on everyone’s lips at the Selah Primary School in St Lucy today was that of top student Nikisha Archer, who is off to Queen’s College in September.
Archer was able to do what no other pupil of the school has done in recent years by making it into the national list of top 10 performers.
She scored 97 in English and 98 in Mathematics with an ‘A’ in the Composition for a converted total of 239.32.
“I am really excited about going to Queen’s College, mainly because I always wanted to go there. I tried my best and I achieved it. QC is a top school and I feel really great. I always knew I could get to that school. I am very proud,” she told Barbados TODAY with a broad smile.
Equally pleased was her class teacher Olivia Hinds.
“We are elated. We have not achieved this for a long time, [but] we knew she could have done it. For her we know that wherever she goes, she will do her best. She is very good and we are excited.”
Another teacher, Sasha Gibson, who taught Archer from Class 1 to 3, was very proud of her achievement.
“From Class 1 when I first taught her, she was always an intelligent child. She was always one to read and be careful and check over her work, so I always knew she would excel and do well.
“Nikisha being in the top ten is great for the school and it just shows we can do it down here at Selah,” she added.
Over at the Leacock’s Private Inc. in Farm Road, St Peter, a confident Liam Ward, who will also be attending Queen’s College amassed a total of 240.61 marks with 97 in English, 95 in Mathematics and an ‘A’ in Composition.
He told Barbados TODAY he was extremely happy with his performance.
“Right now I just feel overjoyed. This is the best thing that has happened to me. I always knew that I would make my parents proud and deliver, and I did just that.
Ward also explained the level of preparation that went into his exams saying, “I would go lessons and then on school days when I came home I had to be doing papers in a particular time.
“I didn’t play during the lead up the exam and I thought that really helped me but I wasn’t pressured I went in and did my best.”
His 89-year-old principal Sybil Leacock said she encourages her students to reach for the stars.
“We work towards a high goal because our motto is, ‘Hitch your wagon to a star’ and we work by that.
“The number one part of that is discipline,” she added. [email protected]