Edward P Yorke High School (EPYHS) came out on top in this year’s Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examination. The high school is known to be consistent in delivering excellence and for having students win awards. The acting principal of the school, Josephine Flowers, gave us a rundown of what the students earned this year.
Josephine Flowers, Acting Principal, Edward P. Yorke. High School: “We got the most outstanding student for Belize, we got the Outstanding Student which is second place and we also got to Subject Group award as well as we got the Regional Award for Vocational Education. Our first place is Ms.Alexis Guy, she came to us from All Saints and she has been consistent throughout her four years so she was most outstanding for first form, second form, third form; so she did well. Second place is Ms.Diana Marroquin and she was a little bit surprised but she is bright so we expected great things from her and she is also the recipient of the science subject group award so that is her thing. We have Ms.Angie Matute she got the vocational technical award for Belize as well as she got the regional award for the Caribbean. So she in the end will also get a scholarship to go to UWI so we are all elated and as usul happy that our students did well in the CSEC, all of them did well we must say thank you to the teachers who go above and beyond the call of duty to make sure that our students are well prepared for our CSEC exams. It takes a lot of dedication from our teachers, a lot of dedication from the admin and it also takes hard work by our students and the parents because the parents also push their students to excel and we commend the students for their hard work and when they excel in these things.”
We also spoke to all three students about how they felt when they learned what they had achieved.
Alexis Guy, Most Outstanding Student: “It was a bit surreal I guess because I knew I worked hard enough and my goal was to get fifteen grade ones to get the grant but knowing that I placed first in the entire country was surprising and I was speechless. Teachers and administrators they offered us extra classes free of charge and on their own timing, we did classes after school, during lunch, sometimes during the little break times we had, even on Saturdays like I would have three classes on Saturdays. Right now I’m attending John Paul Junior College in Benque, it’s a liberal arts sixth form and I’m majoring in English and my goal right now after this is to pursue law in the area of environmental protection.”
Dayana Marroquin, Outstanding Candidate: “I felt very excited and at the same time I could not believe it because I didn’t think I’d do so well in the CXCs. A lot of preparation, late night studying and studying in groups and all that support from the teachers it all helped. I’m attending UB at the moment.”
Reporter: What’s your major? What are you planning to be in the future?
Dayana Marroquin, Outstanding Candidate: “A pharmacist. I’m studying pharmacy at the moment.”
Angie Matute, Subject Group Awardee, Technical/Vocational: “I was very surprised because I wasn’t working toward that award. Well studying all night, even day, sometimes I had to spend my eating time studying. I was working hard to just pass my CXCs I wasn’t looking to do that well. I’m attending the University of Belize, I’m looking for my associates in architecture so I’m planning to be an architect in the future.”
Guy also achieved first place for English B and Principals of Business.