June 13, 2014
Vincentian boy in 3-way tie at top of BSSEE

A Vincentian boy has come out on top in this year’s Common Entrance Exam in Barbados.

Yohance Lennox Frank Lewis of St Cyprian’s Boys’ School tied for first place along with two girls in the 2014 Barbados Secondary Schools Entrance Exam (BSSEE), as the exam is formally known.

The two top girls were Jamie-lyn Taitt-Gibson and Kacie Corbin {{more}}of St Winifred’s School.

The results, released on Wednesday, indicate that all three children scored a perfect 100 in Mathematics and 99 in English. They each scored a grade A for composition and amassed a total score of 248.77.

Yohance, who was born in St Vincent and the Grenadines, is the son of O’Reilly Lewis, environmental engineer at the Caribbean Develoment Bank and Andrea Lewis, project officer in the Office of Planning and Special Projects at the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies.

The young scholar is the grandson of retired educators Lennox and Claudeth Lewis of Prospect and Sylvia Steele of Cane Garden. He left St Vincent and the Grenadines in 2005, when he was two years old.

Yohance, who attended the Discovery Pre-School at Villa before leaving for Barbados, is following in the footsteps of his parents, his father having placed first overall (1983) and his mother second overall (1985), when they wrote the common entrance exams in St Vincent and the Grenadines.

In the upcoming school year, Yohance will attend Queen’s College in Barbados.

Leonard O’Garro, of St Gabriel’s School, the son of Vincentian Professor Leonard O’Garro, placed 11th overall with a total score of 246.04 and an A for composition.