By Martina Johnson – Wednesday, August 14th, 2013.
Most outstanding student in the Caribbean Secondary Educatioin Certificate examinations for Antigua & Brabuda, Michael Zouetr.
ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Michael Zouetr has achieved most outstanding student at the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations for Antigua & Barbuda this year.
While his success makes it the third year in a row that a male student has topped CSEC, he has set a new record with his 16 grade one passes and a grade two.
To sum up his feelings, the St Joseph’s Academy student told OBSERVER media, “It feels great.”
He added the road to success was far from easy, as it involved many sleepless nights.
What made it easier though, he noted, was the support of friends, teachers and relatives.
“My friends and I had study groups and that helped everyone a lot,” he said.
“The teachers focused on everyone, trying to get us on top of the game for the exams
. I had to stay up all night, every day, studying for exams and I had the support from my family, who stood by me when I was under pressure.”
Although he has his eyes set on studying medicine as a career choice, Zouetr said he chose to sit 17 subjects so he could get exposure to as many areas as possible, to build his knowledge base.
And while studying to achieve his historic feat for Antigua & Barbuda, he stopped to “play” and socialise to create balance.
It was no surprise to Zouetr that his study pal and schoolmate Anthony Mansoor was also a top performer.
Mansoor, who came second, secured 15 grade one passes.
Behind him were Zadesha Gordon and Ashleigh Knight, both of Baptist Academy.
They tied in third position with 14 grade ones and a grade two.
The Ministry of Education made special mention of other top performers, to include Brian Blair, Grace Edwards and Javin Martin, all of Baptist Academy.
Blair and Edwards attained 12 grade one passes and grade two in three subjects while Martin got 12 grade one passes, two grade two passes and a grade three.