Sterling performances at this year’s CXC By Edlyn Benfield
Stabroek News
August 24, 2002

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A number of young people have recorded sterling performances at the Caribbean Examinations Council exams for this year.

Topping the charts for Queen’s College (QC) is Camilla Bulkan, who secured 11 grade one passes. She is closely followed by 16-year-old Krishana Sankar, another QC student and an aspiring cardiologist.

Sankar, who plans to pursue her career dream at the University of Waterloo in the United States (US), secured ten grade ones and one grade two. The eldest of three children, she is the daughter of Subrena Sankar, a homemaker and late pilot Krishna Sankar and enjoys playing squash, listening to music, reading and surfing the internet.

Sharing the spotlight at QC is Kibileri Williams, 16, of 13 Thorne’s Drive, D’Urban Backlands, who copped ten grade ones.

The daughter of Jennifer Wishart, a researcher and late archaeologist Denis Williams, she plans to pursue studies in microbiology at the University of the West Indies (UWI) subsequent to writing the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) at the Sixth Form level. A staunch Christian, Williams’s hobbies include reading, listening to music and chatting online.

Meanwhile, Hillheir Emptage of QC, Finola Fung-Khee of Bishop’s High and Shareeda Yusuf of St Rose’s High all aged 16, each gained nine grade ones.

Emptage, who is currently on vacation in the US, plans to proceed to Sixth Form before pursuing a career in the field of science. He told Stabroek News via telephone that he relaxes with video games, friends, music or surfing the internet.

In addition to thanking his parents, Horace James, chief executive officer of Linmine and June Emptage, acting Deputy Postmaster General, he credited his success to his stepfather Jack, teachers and friends.

Fung-Khee, a future banker or accountant, is the only daughter of ABC Academy teacher, Madeline and Vernon, a taxi driver.

She spends her free time reading, drawing, watching television, playing games and listening to music and expressed appreciation to her parents, brothers, teachers and friends for their continuous support.

Yusuf’s initial reaction to her outstanding performance was one of excitement and surprise. “I didn’t believe it. I thought they were playing a joke or something.”

While interested in computer programming, she is undecided about pursuing her interest, and is unsure as to whether to commence studies at the University of Guyana (UG) or a private institution.

Other outstanding achievers included 16 year olds, Rosanne Persaud, a QC student and Shaunette Abrams, from St Stanislaus College, both of whom attained eight grade ones and two grade twos.

Stabroek News was unable to make contact with Persaud.

Abrams, a part-time employee at Microtech Financial at McDoom, East Bank Demerara and prospective computer technician enjoys reading, using the computer and listening to music.

She was particularly grateful to her mom, Pamela Abrams, who resides abroad, for her input in the achievement.

Efforts by this newspaper to contact officials at President’s College for its results were unsuccessful. However, more results will be published in a subsequent edition.