SSEE top performers acknowledge role of teachers and parents By Iana Seales
Stabroek News
July 3, 2004

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Throughout his school life 12-year-old Raadesh Ramsarup has been first in every class so when he came second in the country at the SSEE this year it felt like first.

The lad who put Taymouth Manor Primary, Region Two among the top performers was one point behind top student Kia Persaud of West Ruimveldt Primary who gained 558 marks.

A budding scientist and the older of two children, Raadesh said that the exam was just how he thought it would have been - easy. He was awaiting good news and the results came at an opportune moment.

The cricket lover thanked his teacher and parents.

Raadesh, who is the son of farmer, Hanoman Ramsarup and Hemwattie Ramsarup said that he will be attending President's College come September.
Proud performers: Students of ABC Academy, High Street, Kingston after receiving SSEE results this week. Three students made the top twenty list while fifteen were awarded places at Queen's College. (Photo by Ken Moore)

Inspired by her third place finish at this year's SSEE examinations, Anita Wilson is making plans to join older brother, Marvin at Queen's College later this year.

Stealing some of West Ruimveldt Primary's thunder, Anita gained 556 marks and copped the third position overall, while holding the title of St. Margaret's Primary top student.

The vivacious 11-year-old daughter of Dr. Haydock Wilson and pharmacist, Catherine Wilson said she was overwhelmed with the results but had worked hard. And since her brother had made the top ten in 1999 Anita of South Rumiveldt had hoped to accomplish a similar feat. Anita, who loves to dance and sing in her spare time, said that success came with her parents and teachers' guidance.

The future for 11-year-old Avonelle Henry is in the realm of neurological surgery but for now the St. Margaret's Primary student is basking in her 16th place finish in the country.

Expressive and spirited, Avonelle said that she was prepared for the exams.

Avonelle who lives at D'Urban Backlands is the daughter of Davis Memorial Hospital CEO, Bertie Henry and Debbie Henry.

According to her their parental guidance and the teacher's support drove her to success.

The younger of two children, Avonelle plays the piano and reads extensively. She said that books are like her best friends while music comes as second nature. As to why she wants to become a neurosurgeon, Avonelle said that her concern for people is the reason.