BELIZE CITY, Wed. Nov. 23, 2016–The 22nd annual CXC National Awards Ceremony was held on Wednesday, November 23, at the St. Catherine Academy Auditorium in Belize City, where the CXC National Committee of Belize presented awards to outstanding students in the 2016 Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) Examinations, sat by graduating high school students, and the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE), sat by graduating junior college students.
A total of 366 students, or roughly 10% of those who sat the exams, were recognized with CSEC certificates of excellence, 2 with subject group awards, and 34 with individual subject awards.
Of the students who excelled in the 2016 CAPE Examinations, 5 received CAPE certificates of excellence and 3 received certificates of recognition. Certificates were also presented to the top performers in 30 CAPE units.
CAPE top performers
Jose Guerrero of St. John’s College Junior College, who is away in Cuba on a medical scholarship, was named as the Most Outstanding Candidate, capturing 1st place for the May-June 2016 CAPE Examinations. He is the recipient of the Belize Scholarship for 2016. His mother, Clara Rodriguez, represented him at Wednesday’s ceremony.
The Ministry of Education said that Guerrero obtained 5 Grade I’s in Biology Unit 1, Biology Unit 2, Caribbean Studies, Chemistry Unit 1 and Communication Studies; and 3 Grade II’s in Chemistry Unit 2, Spanish Unit 1 and Spanish Unit 2. He also achieved first place for Biology Unit 1, Biology Unit 2, Chemistry Unit 1 and Chemistry Unit 2.
Nadiya Sedasey of St. John’s College Junior College, who has expressed interest in engineering, was recognized as Outstanding Candidate for attaining 2nd place rank in Belize for the May-June 2016 CAPE Examinations.
Sedasey attained 6 Grade I’s in Applied Mathematics Unit 1, Applied Mathematics Unit 2, Integrated Mathematics, Physics Unit 1, Pure Mathematics Unit 1 and Pure Mathematics Unit 2; 2 Grade II’s in Caribbean Studies and Communication Studies; and 1 Grade III in Physics Unit 2.
Sedasey achieved first place for Applied Mathematics Unit 1, Applied Mathematics Unit 2, Pure Mathematics Unit 1, Pure Mathematics Unit 2, Physics Unit 1 and Integrated Mathematics.
CSEC top performers
Rhiki Alegría of St. John’s College said he was honored to be among the top awardees. He attained the top place in the May-June 2016 CSEC examinations and was recognized as the Most Outstanding Candidate. He obtained 16 Grade I’s at the General Proficiency Level in Biology, Chemistry, English A, English B (Literature), Information Technology, Integrated Science, Mathematics, Music, Office Administration, Physics, Principles of Accounts, Principles of Business, Spanish, Electronic Document Preparation and Management, Physical Education and Sport and Human and Social Biology. He also attained 1 Grade II in Religious Education and 1 Grade III in Visual Arts.
Alegría achieved first place in Music, Electronic Document Preparation and Management, and Physical Education and Sport. He received the Subject Group Award in the Sciences.
Irene Flores of Edward P. Yorke High School, which is the school with the most top performers, was recognized as Outstanding Candidate for attaining 2nd place.
She obtained a Grade I in 13 General Proficiency Level subjects: Biology, Chemistry, English A, English B (Literature), Information Technology, Integrated Science, Mathematics, Physics, Social Studies, Spanish, Electronic Document Preparation and Management, Physical Education and Sport and Human and Social Biology and two (2) Grade II’s in Agricultural Science SA and Office Administration. Flores achieved 1st place in English B.
Another student of Edward P. Yorke High School was recognized. He is Glevaughn Smith, who was recognized with the Subject Group Award in Technical/Vocational studies.