August 19, 2014
TSSS student passes 10 subjects

Sixteen-year-old Cyrilena Roberts is “elated” at her success in passing 10 subjects in the CXC Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations.

The student of the Thomas Saunders Secondary School gained five Grade I passes in Economics, Accounts, Principles of Business, Integrated Science {{more}}and English A; four Grade II passes in Information Technology, Mathematics, Spanish and Social Studies; and a Grade III pass in Geography.

“I feel elated! I celebrated a lot,” she said.

Although her celebrations were cut short after contracting the Chikungunya virus, it did not diminish her enthusiasm – which was evident from the beaming smile on her face when she spoke to SEARCHLIGHT.

Although she was somewhat disappointed by the grade she attained for Geography, Cyrilena believes that all the hard work and effort she put into studying has paid off.

The Lowmans Leeward resident said that in addition to doing past papers and accessing study guides on the Internet, she cut back on chatting with friends on social media and even deactivated her Facebook account.

“Days before the exams, I didn’t sleep at all!”

Cyrilena will be attending the SVG Community College in the upcoming academic term, and plans to take business-related subjects, although she has not yet decided exactly which ones.

She also shared that she hopes to become an accountant, as she has a passion for working with numbers and money.

In the meantime, Cyrilena said that she has been enjoying the down time, relaxing on her own and spending time with her mother Cloreen Roberts.

Cyrilena’s father, Cyril Evans, spoke of how proud he was of his daughter’s achievement, and how he has always encouraged her to reach for excellence.

He said that even though he separated from his daughter’s mother, he has always made the effort to be involved in her [Cyrilena’s] life.

“Anything she wants, it’s not too much for me to get it for her,” he explained.

“I knew her ability growing up, so I make sure I worked on it.”

Evans said that sometimes it annoys his daughter when he tells others of how well she is doing academically.

“It’s not that I am boasting, I just proud of what she is doing,” he said.

He also spoke of how timid she used to be when she first started secondary school, and how happy he is that she is now more confident.

Cyrilena is a past student of the Lowmans Leeward Anglican School.