It’s not every year that one finds a 12 year old who not only excels academically, but also possesses the personality and mannerisms that spell success, but Emmanuel Abigail Chiddick of Cooks Hill fits such a profile to perfection.

The Gray’s Crescent Primary School scholar missed only 22 marks out of a possible 400 to obtain the number one position in the Grade Six National Assessment (GNA).

She surpassed 1,304 students on the island when she obtained 378 marks.

The school presented 22 students for national assessment. Another student, Devonte’ B Glasgow, ranked 50th, scoring 328 marks, also made it on the Top 100 list.

While it was not the first time that Grays Crescent has featured in the Top 100, it is the first time that a student there topped the assessment.

The school’s motto “All things through Christ” held true for Chiddick, who told OBSERVER media, “First I studied hard; I was dedicated to my work, but most of all I prayed and asked God to assist me in everything I do.”

She offered similar advice to the next set of GNA students, advising them to “study hard, always remember God – because He is the only one that can help you through this challenge – and always have a positive mindset.”

The scholar also acknowledged her parents, who, she said, assisted and motivated her whenever they could.

Chiddick, along with 99 other students who made the Top 100 list, will be given the opportunity to attend a secondary school of their choice for the next five years.

She opted to attend the Antigua Girls’ High School (AGHS).

The full list of the top performers nationally is located here: Grade 6 National Assessment – 2016.

(More in today’s Daily Observer)

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