On Wednesday, November 26th the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) National Committee of Belize held their annual national award ceremony for the 2014 Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and Caribbean Advance Proficiency Examination (CAPE). The ceremony was held at the Multipurpose Complex Building in Orange Walk Town and saw hundreds of secondary and tertiary students being awarded. Among the awardees were seven graduates from San Pedro High School (SPHS) who received CSEC Awards of Excellence. The awardees were: Alisha Cadle, Geovanna Carillo, Kelsey Luna, Vivian Noralez, Mahe Perreira, Jasmine Ritchie, Gian Rivero, Marlon Santos and Doris Soriano.
CSEC and CAPE are proficiency exams offered to students graduating from secondary and tertiary institutions, respectively, across the Caribbean Region in May and June of each year. According to the Ministry of Education this year’s results saw an increase in passes and higher grades. “We are here to celebrate our students both at the CSEC and the CAPE level because they are the excellent; they are the shining stars of the Belize education system and we ought very much to be proud of them and to give them all the praise, the props, everything that they have worked so hard for. This year, Belize performed exceptionally in both exams, and we expect to continue in this growth in the years to come,” said Minister of Education, Patrick Faber at the ceremony.
Apart from the Awards of Excellence, awards were also given to the Most Outstanding student in the exams. Most Outstanding CSEC Student Award went to Siian Rancharan, while the Most Outstanding CAPE Student Award went to Paul Sylvester. After the presentation of awards, attendees were entertained by the musical presentation of the Corozal Community College Marching Band and the SPHS Band.
In addition, 13 SPHS graduates received CSEC Certificate of Achievement. They are: Pedro Ayuso, Isolene Bailey, Giselie Brown, Rebecca Bustamante, Zenny Castillo, Eduardo Diaz, Israel Duque, Janellie Gutierrez, Marilu Lara, Josue Zometa, Amir Marin, Jessica Pinelo and David Verralls. An award of Excellence is given to students that attain Grade I or II in at least six subjects, including Mathematics and English, while Awards of Achievement is given to students that attain Grade I, II, III in at least six subjects including Mathematics and English. Both recipients of Awards of Achievement and Excellence are entitled to a scholarship from the Government of Belize for their tertiary level studies.