Aspiring writer tops 2018 NGSA

DPI, Guyana, Thursday, June 28, 2018

Eleven-year-old Nalia Rahaman is thrilled at her success at this year’s NGSA. The Westfield Prep student attained what the Ministry of Education today described as a “perfect” score of 529.

Nalia, who hopes to one day become the next J.K Rowling, said her dream has always been to attend Queens College.

“I feel really happy and grateful because I prayed for this in the month of Ramadan and I’m so glad Allah listened to me,” she told the Department of Public Information (DPI) today. Although she has a perfect score, Nalia said she found her Science and Social Studies paper-two to be a little challenging, but she was happy of her success nonetheless. Planning ahead, if her next dream of becoming an author is not successful, her eyes are also set on the presidency of Guyana.

Following closely behind Rahaman is 11-year-old Arthur Roberts of the New Guyana School who said he was “elated” for that which he worked for and got in the end.

“I am proud of myself that I have made it so far and I have got such a high score in this examination,” adding that he has made the sacrifice of giving up his gadgets in order to focus on his studies.

Third place top student, Kadee Ali of Success Elementary attained 524 marks and was outstanding in her narrative essay in the examination. She was asked to read the narrative today at the ceremony held at the National Centre for Education Research Development (NCERD). She told DPI that she was preparing for Queens College since first grade.

“After 16:30 when I finished lessons at school I would go home and study for an hour and a half,” she said noting that she has developed a love for the English language and wants to become a novelist in her adult years.

The success stories of each student are somewhat similar. They all gave thanks to their teachers and parents for their relentless support.

The top one percent was shared with a few students including Cianna Barkoye of North Georgetown Primary who attained 4th place with 523 marks. That space was also shared with Krystal Duncan of the New Guyana School, Esha Lakeram of the New Diamond Grove Primary and Zyia Braithwaite of Success Elementary.

The eighth position was shared among four students including Darren Ramphal of the Leonora Primary who attained 522 marks.

Also, among the top one percent were Natania Kissoon of Success Elementary (522), Saif Azeze of Academy of Excellence (522), Amaya Ramsarup of Green Acres (521), Jaden Vansluytman of Dharmic Rama Krishna (521) and Deevina Chan of the Vreed-en-Hoop Primary with 520 marks.

By: Alexis Rodney.