Ituni top NGSA performers have big dreams

DPI, Guyana, Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Students from far-flung communities continue to exceed expectations with outstanding achievements gained at the National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA). Grade Six pupils from Ituni in Region 10 can add their names to the list community. Six students of the Howell Wilson Primary School attained top secondary schools.

Ameisha Murphy with 503 marks was awarded St. Joseph High School while Samanta Kench, Leanna Dryden, Shequeena Yansen, Moressia Christopher and Jovonte Gaskin all gained a placement at Mackenzie High School.

Ituni is a small community of 200 residents, that is just a half hour away from Linden. Nevertheless, the students from the community all have big dreams.

Unlike many of their peers in the city, the Howell Wilson students did not have the luxury of after-school lessons. They depended on their educators and close relatives to give them the push they need to excel.

“I did not expect to top, but I am really happy because I worked really hard for it,” said Ameisha Murphy who will be attending school in the Capital City and has dreams of becoming a teacher.

Samanta Kench attained 461 marks at the examinations. While a bit nervous about taking the next step into secondary school, she is looking forward to the journey. Her ambition is to become an attorney-at-law so she can help others and in turn, help her country.

With 479 marks, Leanna Dryden is happy with her accomplishment. Aside from the late nights of studying, the young lady said that she prayed a lot along with her mother. Dryden’s favourite subject is Science, and she has her eyes set on becoming a scientist.

Shequeena Yansen aspires to become a doctor. Attaining 498 marks, she noted that preparation for the NGSA involved lots of revision and prayers. Her mother she said played a significant role in her success.

Of the six students, Moressia Christopher is the one eagerly looking forward to tackling the challenges of Secondary School life. Christopher gained 460 marks, and like Murphy, she plans to become a teacher.

Jovonte Gaskin is dreaming of a career in the armed forces. He said that he was very surprised and happy with his accomplishment of 468 marks since he believes that he could have done a bit more studying.

Minister of Social Cohesion, with responsibility for Culture, Youth and Sport, Dr. George Norton met with the successful students during a recent visit to the community. The minister congratulated them on their academic achievements. He reminded them that this is the first step in their journey to higher education and encouraged them to always put their best foot forward.


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