I WORKED HARD – Old Harbour resident recalls sacrifices to attain 12 CSEC subjects

A resident of Old Harbour Glades in St Catherine, K’Yana Edwards, said she worked hard and was strategic in approaching the 12 CSEC subjects she obtained from the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC).

“The only reason I attained these results is because I worked,” she told The Beacon, adding that she went as far as to disconnect the internet from her phone in order to remain laser-focused while studying.

The aspiring neurosurgeon added: “I read everyday, yes that sounds boring but I wasn’t pouring over my books for hours. I was strategic. You would be surprised how many pages you can read, or how many math problems you can solve in just 30 minutes everyday for an entire school year.”

Edwards reaped the highest grade attainable (Grade One) in 10 of the 12 subjects she sat.

She, this year, attained the following results:

  • English A – Grade One
  • Physics – Grade One
  • Mathematics – Grade One
  • Biology – Grade One
  • Chemistry – Grade One
  • English B – Grade Two
  • Visual Arts – Grade One
  • French – Grade Two
  • Additional Mathematics – Grade One
  • Information Technology – Grade One

Edwards, last year, sat Principles of Business as well as Principles of Accounts – getting Grade One in both of them.

Reflecting on her initial feeling when she saw the results, the scholar told The Beacon: “I was taken over by a foreign feeling; I had never felt so overjoyed, proud, grateful and relieved – all at the same time.”

She indicated that the high level of success achieved would not have been possible without support from her friends, teachers, neighbours, God and of course her parents Linford Edwards and Keisha Clarke-Edwards.

“Throughout my numerous breakdowns, my parents’ shoulders were there to cry on. When I pulled all-nighters, they were right there – even if it was just to make tea. I don’t remember a night where I stayed up by myself,” Edwards further said.

She is a past student of St Andrew High School, as well as Wolmer’s Preparatory School where her mom worked as a teacher.

“My mom taught there and, contrary to popular belief, being a teacher’s daughter, I did not receive a lot of attention. From an early age, I mastered the art of independent work and time management… My mom constantly reinforced the importance of prioritizing tasks,” young Edwards further explained.

She will next attend sixth form at St Andrew High School, where she will bolster her credentials to eventually gain a spot at the University of the West Indies.


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