HC make light work of CAPE
Harrison College students have done their school proud by reportedly collecting eight scholarships and 11 exhibitions in this year’s CAPE Examinations.The DAILY NATION understands that the results were released to schools on Friday, but up to press time was unable to ascertain from the Ministry of Education how the four sixth-form schools – Harrison College, Queen’s College, The Lodge and Combermere – and Barbados Community College performed this year.However, based on their results, among those at HC expected to receive honours are headgirl Kristyn Kirton, headboy Stephan Edey, Akona Brathwaite, Liam Rice and Kiran Niyar.ResultsKirton, who wrote mathematics, physics and chemistry as well as communications and Caribbean studies which were compulsory, received eight Grade 1s. Come September, she will be heading to the Cave Hill Campus where she will be studying medicine.A relieved Kirton said although the exams were not stressful, there were many people she did not want to disappoint.“I really have to thank God first of all, and then my family. My mother, my grandmother, my cousin Blair, my brother Kerry and all my aunts rallied behind me continuously,” she stated.But she is not the only scholarship winner in her family. Her brother Kerry also won a scholarship in 2006 and just graduated with honours in mechanical engineering from the University of Toronto.Her mother Magna said she was extremely proud of both children, who always put 100 per cent into everything they did. Kristyn is also the daughter of Charles Kirton.Stephan Edey and best friend Liam Rice are also expected to be on the list of outstanding performers.Edey, the son of Marine Hall-Edey and Carl Edey, said it was an amazing feeling to be recognised after the hard work.“I’m really very happy to have pulled it off, and my parents, family and friends were always pushing me and telling me I could do it. So I just kept going for it and I asked God to give me the capacity, so I am happy it all came off in the end,” he said.Edey said this year’s preparation was more difficult than last year’s, being the headboy and part of the graduation committee and having to budget his time properly.He took biology, chemistry and pure mathematics, received eight Grade 1s and will study medicine at Kings College in London, England.Rice, of Rendezvous, Christ Church, is the son of Lynette Rice. The expected winner of an exhibition was also, in 2003, the top student at Luther Thorne Primary.“I am elated, but I couldn’t have done it without God, my friends and family. My teachers were all excellent, and they gave me the perseverance to continue when it seemed hard.”Rice said at times it was difficult, especially during SBAs. He studied French, Spanish and sociology, and got seven Grade 1s and a Grade 2 in sociology. “I think I’m going to be reviewing the sociology because I’m pretty sure that should have been a one, but I’m grateful,” he noted.He will be heading to Warwick in England to do law with French law.Brathwaite is also expected to receive a scholarship. Sitting at his Haggatt Hall home with his mum Shirley-Ann and dad Anthony, the 18-year-old said he was excited. In fact, he remembered only having a small scare last year when his mind went blank during his physics exam. “It feels really good because it has now enabled me to follow my dreams and study neuro- science,” he said. Brathwaite, who studied biology, chemistry and physics, will be heading to the University of Bristol in England with his eight Grade 1s. He was also the top boy at Charles F. Broomes Primary in 2003.Akono’s parents said they were not surprised because he was consistent. Kiran Niyar, who is overseas on vacation, is expected to receive an exhibition.The son of Soni Kessuram told the DAILY NATION via email that he was “extremely honoured”.He sat accounts, mathematics and Spanish, and will be heading to the Cave Hill Campus to major in banking and finance.