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Emmanuel Christian Academy boasts perfect scores in GSAT

Published:Thursday | June 21, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Kameron Buchanan, Xia Francis, Zayne Glenister, and Jeanne' Marie-Malcolm.
Zayne Glenister

Zayne Glenister was up many nights, wondering where he would be placed after the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) results were announced.

He has breathed a sigh of relief, however, having gained a place at Campion College and getting perfect scores. He is one of the four top GSAT students at the Emmanuel Christian Academy in St Andrew.

"It (exam) was stressful. I was always doing work and I really didn't get time to relax. I would always be up late at nights wondering which school I was going to. It got me nervous," Glenister told The Gleaner.

He said that the days of the exam were particularly scary. "I was shaking, I was crying, I was just a nervous wreck. I didn't really want to go into the exam because I was worried that my crying would make me mess up," he recounted.

"Overall, my greatest challenge was trying to stay focused because I don't really pay attention to one topic for a long period."

Xia Francis, who also gained perfect scores, recounted that many sacrifices were made but that she had no regrets.

"At first (on the day of the exam), I was pretty calm until I started to think about it. I was wondering if I would do as well as I did at the mock exam. Also, when I got into the classroom, I started to get scared because I saw people crying," she told The Gleaner. "Then when I got the paper and started to work on it, I realised that it was not so much of a big deal."

Francis related: "My challenge was trying to stay on topic in communication task and using my time wisely. It (preparation) was long. I had to stop watching TV, do more work on Sundays, and go to extra classes on Saturdays. But I know that my hard work paid off." She gained a place at the Immaculate Conception High School in St Andrew.

The other two top students at the Emmanuel Christian Academy were Kameron Buchanan and Jeanne-Marie Malcolm, who will both be going to Campion College.

See more stories of GSAT success in NEWS and see your copy of our congratulatory feature in today's print edition of The Gleaner