Pia Nichols, a student from the Baptist Academy of Antigua is one of the island’s top performers in the 2021 CSEC examinations with her achievement of 17 grade ones.
She placed first among the three top performers named by the Ministry of Education. The second-place student was Avein Joseph, who was awarded 16 ones and one grade two; while Kofi Brown, the third-place student, gained 15 ones and 2 grade twos. All three students are from the Baptist Academy of Antigua.
The Education Ministry says the three students have demonstrated that hard work and consistent support lead to success.
“They have done themselves, their families, and their school proud and we take this opportunity to extol their accomplishments. Against the backdrop of the many challenges to education, and the social and emotional hardships that were created by the COVID-19 pandemic, their achievements are unquestionably worthy of applause.”
The ministry says it is extremely happy that both genders are represented in this roll of excellence. In a context of ongoing concern about the academic performance of boys, it is particularly happy that Avein Joseph and Kofi Brown have excelled at the 2021 sitting of the CSEC examinations.
The Ministry also highlighted the complement of subjects which these students wrote at the regional examinations. They tackled and excelled at the Arts, the pure Sciences and Business subjects.
“Indeed, they are embodiments of what it means to be academically sound. We encourage all three of them to maintain their high academic excellence as they go on to higher levels of academic pursuits. We expect to hear greater and greater things of them in the future.”
The Ministry notes it is keenly aware that the success of these students is the product of visionary guidance and the consistent efforts of parents, teachers and everyone else who invested their time and energy in their development.
It commends all of those persons and encourages them to continue to provide support to these young people and all other children in their charge.
The Ministry would like to challenge these students to motivate younger students. It also challenges all the students in Antigua to see Pia Nichols’, Avein Joseph’s and Kofi Brown’s achievements as assurance that they, too, can excel even under difficult circumstances.