Top CSEC Student says teamwork makes the dream work

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By Latrishka Thomas

The St. Joseph’s Academy has outshone all the other secondary schools once again in this year’s Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations, as 16-year-old Kyle Nicholas nabbed the top spot in Antigua and Barbuda, passing 19 subjects – all with Grade Ones.

During an interview with OBSERVER media yesterday, the young scholar attributed his success to good time management and effective teamwork.

“I really tried to manage my time as efficiently and as effectively as possible. You know, I usually had class until 6 o’clock and I usually have a tutor, so the tutor would come from 7 to 9 pm … and I’d often be tired. I’d take a nap maybe from 12 to 1 am and wake up and go right through, so it’s effective time management; that’s my main strategy. And so, just look for help. Get as much friends as you can to work together, work in groups, because teamwork makes the dream work,” Nicholas said.

The 2018-2019 Deputy Head Boy at St. Joseph’s Academy made special mention of a few of his schoolmates who played significant roles in his studies. These include Christopher Gittens, the 2019 valedictorian of the all-boys private school, who also passed 19 subjects with 17 Grade Ones and two Grade Twos.

He also said that Kadeem Charles, the 2018-2019 Head Boy, was a part of his motivational study group. Charles obtained 20 passes with 13 Grade Ones and seven Grade Twos.

Lastly, he added Declon Desouza who passed 14 subjects with 12 Grade Ones and two Grade Twos and who managed to balance his academics with being captain of the school’s steel band and a prefect.

In his interview, Nicholas encouraged other students to maintain a relationship with God over anything else, saying that grades are truly meaningless in the eyes of God.

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