With a performance that has been called nothing but exceptional, Cecil Cox, an 18-year-old Queen’s College student, has once again etched his name into the record books for outstanding academic performance.
This year the QC boy has been adjudged the region’s top Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE) performer. Cox is, in fact, no stranger to the academic ‘hall of fame’. When the 18-year-old sat the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate Examinations (CSEC) in 2013, he was named the region’s Best Science Student.
The 18-year-old is now the first Guyanese student to be awarded the Dennis Irvine Prize for most outstanding performance at CAPE. Cox’s recent performance has, in fact, been deemed outstanding by officials within the Ministry of Education. He secured seven passes.
His choice subject areas were: Communication Studies Unit 1, Applied Mathematics Unit 1, Chemistry Unit 2, Pure Mathematics Unit 2, Physics Unit 2, Digital Media Unit 2 and Computer Science Unit 2. He secured six Grade One passes and 1 Grade Three, respectively.
Cox, who was born on November 7, 1996, has always had his academic priorities in order. In fact, a year earlier he secured another seven passes at CAPE – Applied Mathematics Unit 1, Caribbean Studies Unit 1, Chemistry Unit 1, Computer Science Unit 1, Pure Mathematics Unit 1, Physics Unit 1 and Digital Media Unit 1.
The North East La Penitence resident already has his academic life all mapped out and has been making keen strides in this direction. He has plans on furthering his studies in Computer Science at a tertiary institution overseas.
Cox credits his already realized success to “all those who helped me.”
There has been no shortage of quality academic performances from local students and this has been evident each year when the results of the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) and the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examination are unveiled.
Among students who performed laudably at the 2015 CAPE are a number of Cox’s QC schoolmates including: Larissa Wiltshire (6 ones), Sasha Woodroffe (6 ones), Jonelle Europe (5 ones, 1 two), Elisa Hamilton (5 ones, 2 twos), Lisa John (5 ones, 1 two), Sharmila Ramlall (5 ones, 1 two), Rejean Sawh (5 ones, 2 twos, 1 three), Amanda Singh (5 ones), Nabeeha Ali (5 ones) and Phillipe Walker (5 ones, 2 twos and 2 threes).
Among the outstanding performers this year too is Shonta Noel of St Rose’s High. She claimed six grade one passes and one grade two in the subject areas of Caribbean Studies Unit 1, Tourism Unit 1, Accounting Unit 2, Law Unit 2, Management of Business Unit 2, Entrepreneurship Unit 2 and Economics Unit 2.
Phenomenal CSEC results
The results of 2015 CSEC examination was no less laudable. In fact, some might call it rather phenomenal with the top national performer Victoria Najab securing 20 grade one passes. The student of the Saraswati Vidya Niketan (SVN) Hindu School was able to accomplish a feat that has arguably never occurred before.
Born on June 11, 1998 Najab is no stranger to outstanding performances. She was named the third best performer in Guyana when the results of the National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) were unveiled in 2010.
When Guyana Inc. Magazine enquired of the top 2015 CSEC performer what motivated her to write 20 subjects, she simply quipped “I wanted to be well versed in both the business and science fields.”
Among the top CSEC performers were: Vamanandev Hiralall (19 ones, 1 two) also of the SVN School, Aliyah Rasheed (19 ones) of the Anna Regina Secondary School, Joshanna Hopkinson (18 ones) of QC, Ashley Anthony (17 ones) also of QC, Jagindra Persaud (16 ones, 2 twos) of Anna Regina Secondary, Paige Carter (14 ones, 5 twos) of QC, Kadesh Daniels (14 ones, 3 twos) of QC, Shawn Shewram (14 ones, 2 twos) of St Rose’s High, Michael Jagnanan (14 ones, 1 two) of QC, Mohanie Sudama (14 ones, 1 two) of the SVN School and Shannon Woodroffe (14 Ones) yet another student of QC.