Eroy John of South Rivers was recently announced as one of the students on the CXC’s merit list for the subject of Green Engineering, being named the top student in the region for the subject.
ANN spoke with Eroy on his remarkable achievement, and how he felt about the announcement made by the CXC.
‘My most recent remarkable achievement took place on Tuesday, when CXC announced the names of the students who had made it onto the merit list for each subject. I was the top student in the region for Green engineering. It was so abrupt; I wasn’t expecting it due to the perplexity of the exam, but I am grateful for my accomplishment.’
Eroy then spoke with us about some of his earlier academic experiences and achievements.
‘Up until the age of 12, I was a student at South Rivers Methodist School, where I graduated as valedictorian. I next proceeded to St. Vincent Grammar School, where I worked diligently to yet another outstanding accomplishment: receiving grade ones in all 12 of my CSEC subjects along with 8 distinctions. Geography, English A, English B, Mathematics, Additional Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Spanish, Information Technology, Economics, and Principles of Business are the subjects in question.’ John.
He noted that preparation for this many subjects can be very time consuming as well as ‘very strenuous, necessitating many sacrifices, focus, and sleepless nights’.
However not all of his time is taken up with studying and exam preparation, it makes time for other things in his spare time.
‘I do make time on weekends to play football with my friends because, as they say, “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” I am also referred to as Mr.John on Saturdays because I teach mathematics to a group of primary and secondary students. In my spare time, I usually draw, play football, explore my surroundings (hunting, fishing, hiking, and so on), and occasionally watch television.’ he said.
Eroy is currently in his second year of study at the St. Vincent and Grenadines Community College’s Division of Arts, Sciences, and General Studies. His current CAPE courses include Geography, Physics, Pure Mathematics, and Green Engineering. He said that he chose these subjects because they tie into his dream career of being an aeronautical engineer and pilot.
We also spoke with Eroy’s Green Engineering lecturer, Aria Ferdinand, who praised his class contributions, level of respect and leadership ability.
‘Let me begin by saying Eroy is such a pleasure to lecture, he is indeed an exemplary student. Not only is he diligent with reference to his academic abilities, he is respectful to all including his classmates, a leader, team player and always present, ready to learn and punctual.
His contributions to class discussions and ideas for projects are always innovative and shows he transfers his knowledge from all areas of his studies, past and present and I think that is very impressive.’
Ferdinand said that she believes that Eroy has a bright future ahead of him. They also made mention of close friend of Eroy Luke Nichols who also performed remarkably, ranking 9th in the region.
According to Ferdinand, who has taught Green Engineering at SVGCC since 2020, Green Engineering is a fairly new CAPE course, with the first batch of students setting exams in 2018.
She says since that time the SVGCC has had students ranking within the top 10.