With hard work comes success

— 11-year-old Westfield Prep NGSA student secures spot at QC

DPI, Guyana, Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Hard work does pay off as eleven-year-old Leeandra Marcus found out.

The determined Westfield Prep School gained a spot at one of Guyana’s top schools, Queen’s College, after achieving 520 marks at this year’s national grade Six Assessment (NGSA) examination.

Eleven-year-old Leeandra Marcus with some of her trophies marking her success at Westfield Prep School.

Speaking to the Department of Public Information (DPI), the North Sophia resident and aspiring teacher credits her parents, grandmother and teachers with her success. Leeandra shared that her grandmother was one of her “late-night study buddies” and without her support, it would have been near to impossible to achieve her dream.

“I was actually shocked because I did not expect to get Queen’s College… I was happy to get into one of the top schools, and I will keep striving from there on,” she remarked.

Proud grandmother, Daphne Nazier is still basking in the glow of her granddaughter’s achievement and said the day the NGSAs results were announced was one of the best in her life.

“I was so happy, and I always thought that she would make it because throughout Primary School she has always achieved either first, second or third place. So, that was a proud moment for me. I called everyone from family members to friends to share the good news,” she happily recalled.

Nazier also encourages other grandparents to follow her example and support their grandchildren in whatever way possible.

“As grandparents, our grandchildren will look to us for guidance, and we can do it. I would ask her [Leeandra] whether she needed help; most times, I would sit with her however sometimes because I was so tired, I would fall asleep and she would have to wake me up. But I would not change a single thing because I was helping my granddaughter,” Nazier added.

The eleven-year-old said gaining a placement at Queen’s College was “even better than I imagined” since this was not the school, she originally planned to pursue her secondary education. While she has plans to become a teacher, Leeandra noted that plans can change, and her future is wide open.

However, being able to share this momentous milestone with her family is a memory she will always cherish.

This year, 849 students wrote the NGSA as compared to 779 in 2018.


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