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As the news broke late last week announcing the top CSEC student D’Aundre Samuel of St. Joseph’s Academy (SJA), many congratulated the youngster on his achievements
But ironically, the accolades and celebrations could all have gone to another student as the Antigua State College (ASC) pupil revealed he initially wanted to write just eight subjects, a drastic drop from the 23 subjects he sat and passed with 21-grade ones, and two grade twos.
Speaking on State Media early Monday morning, Samuel cheekily mentioned that it was his family, friends, and teachers at SJA who truly encouraged him to push further.
Samuel was a top student at the Grace Christian Academy throughout his schooling and continued that trend into his secondary journey at SJA.
“Well, during my secondary school tenure, they saw my potential to do that amount, and my family, teachers at St. Joseph’s Academy, and family friends encouraged me to do that amount,” Samuel explained.
While speaking on his recent success, Samuel was beaming with pride.
“I’m happy. I’m a bit ecstatic because I’ve been putting in all the hard work and now seeing the results and what it has brought me, I am happy about that,” Samuel said.
He thanked his support system and school for their assistance in his success.
Samuel shared that he hopes to take up a job in engineering, and it is his dream to attend MIT.
The announcement of the top CSEC students was delayed due to two candidates questioning their grades.
Adrian Judnarine, also from SJA, came in second place after writing 26 subjects and achieving 19 grade 1s and 7 grade IIs.
Tied for third place were Stephanie Archibald and Tianna Bretney from the Baptist Academy of Antigua, who both wrote 20 subjects and received 18 grade 1s and 2 grade IIs each.