Top performing students tell of self sacrifice

Kodie Jean Jacques
Kodie Jean Jacques

Some of the top six performers of the Grade Six National Assessment Exams credit self sacrifice for success after results were made public on Monday.

Speaking to DNO, Convent Preparatory student and second place, Kodie Jean Jacques said he was happy but not surprised at his results. “I know how hard I worked,” he said. “I know what I am capable of, so it wasn’t a total surprise.”

He said when preparing for the exams, he watched less television and took extra classes and had “less of everything.”

Gianni George, 12 of Elmshall, of the St. Martin’s Primary, who tied for second place on the island with Jean Jacques, said she has made her parents, school and teacher proud. ‘I have worked very hard reaching home at 5 in the afternoon and still doing work,” she said about her preparations for the exams.

Top performers at St. Martin Primary from left: Shalian Shaw (5th place), Kaila-Ann Guiste (4th place), Gianni George (2nd place)
Top performers at St. Martin Primary from left: Shalian Shaw (5th place), Kaila-Ann Guiste (4th place), Gianni George (2nd place)

Kaila-Ann Guiste (4th position), of the St. Martin’s Primary, said she had to redoubled her efforts at her school work since she was hospitalized for two weeks during second term; she said she aims to become a police woman or an accountant.

Shalian Shaw of the St. Martin’s Primary, who got the 5th  top position, said she was happy since she worked “really hard and had sleepless nights.”

“My parents and teachers helped me a lot,” she said.

She hopes to become an accountant one day since her favourite subject is Mathematics.

Makayla Bedneau, of the Salisbury Primary, tied for fifth place. She said she is very happy with the result and attributes her achievement to “hard work.”

Makayla Bedneau
Makayla Bedneau

Meantime Principal of the St. Martins Primary, Brinette Morreau, is urging parents to recognize their roles in their children’s lives.

She said there is a direct link between the success of students and the involvement of parents in school work.

“I don’t know if parents recognize the importance of parental involvement,” she said. “You may have a very bright child. All you need to do as a parent is to sit with the child. Why should you be watching television while your child is sitting at the table doing their work?”

She said parents need to turn off the television more and pay more attention to their children.

The top student, Louis Riviere, is currently out of state with his parents and DNO has so far been unable to contact him.

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58 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    February 19, 2014

    Congrats to Shalian Shaw keep up the good work :-D

  2. cream
    June 27, 2013

    beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee i get a scholarship last year doe :-D :lol: 8) :-P :twisted: :mrgreen:

  3. sweet
    June 25, 2013

    what happen to SMP Alas

  4. Cumfreda
    June 25, 2013

    DNO how comes my child top de exams and his picture not on here. what is that for me nah.

  5. lovemyisland
    June 25, 2013

    To the administration of DNO, I am going to give you the benefit of the doubt and say that you are not being biased to this child from concord. Congrats to the other students, however wheteher or not the top student was out of state or cannot be reached does not mean that you did not have the information that he was the top. I find is very disturbing that you did not even mention the nuber ONE student until the end of this aticle, yes i saw the updated story but still the first story could have been done to reflect that child’s acheivement in a much more respective way.

    • Chris
      June 25, 2013

      Come on man! Give this a break. In your distorted thinking, you believe that DNO admin has a bias towards an innocent and deserving child who topped the G6NA? How low can people like you stoop?

  6. Dominican by birth
    June 25, 2013

    Congrats to all keep up the good work

  7. Bedneau's
    June 25, 2013

    Congrats to all the students, teachers and staff who made it possible, and more importantly the parents.

    special mention to Makayla, you sure have given we the Bedneau family great reson to celebrate. Guys, as a form of appreciation we should organise something speacial for Makayla so the other kids preparing for the years ahead could be inspired. Lets not take her achievement for granted. We need new blood like her to keep the family tradition alive.

    • CCJ
      June 25, 2013

      SHE IS SO PRETTY. LOVE YOU MAKAYLA

  8. jacqui
    June 24, 2013

    Dominicans are proud intelligent people on a whole. we only need the resources and we will take it from there.. congratulation kids and hope for better future. love you guys.

  9. jacqui
    June 24, 2013

    love ur cooment.

  10. Justice and Truth
    June 24, 2013

    Congratulations to all the students. It shows studious work pays.
    To those who did not hit that mark, do not worry, you have tried your utmost. Later you will catch up. What is important is that you pass the exam and receive your certificate.
    For the present, keep on being children and studious ones. School first. Those school years fly quickly. Make the most of them. God bless all of you!

  11. GAIL
    June 24, 2013

    congratulations to all the children who pass the exam. congrats makayla you have done very well, thanks for putting Salisbury on the news.

  12. Top cop
    June 24, 2013

    Congratulation kodie very quiet but is an intelligent Student keep it up u have just begun

  13. June 24, 2013

    Congratulations to all but most importantly, to the high performers especially, Kodie Jean Jacque, and of course, his roots are from Laudat Village. Kodie’s mom, Alicia, Principal of the Dominica Grammar School, is my cousin. My Mom was Alicia’s grand aunt. I will tell you, SERVING OUR GREAT GOD, HARD WORK, DISCIPLINE, AND SACRIFICE PAYS. THE RESULTS IS SUCCESS AND GREATNESS.

  14. June 24, 2013

    ongratulations to onvent prep ontinue to work hard
    kodie to the parents prinipal and teahers

  15. goldie
    June 24, 2013

    congratulations †o all children who sat the exams. Especially those in Penville.

  16. nc
    June 24, 2013

    well done concord :-D

  17. Hard Work Pays
    June 24, 2013

    Congratulations to all students who successfully passed the Grade Six National Assessment. Scholarships and bursaries are a plus but those who worked real hard to secure high passes, you gave certainly gave it your best short too. The journey has just started.
    Now is the time to go to bigger things and prove your worth. Tiffany,SElena, Kinami, Alie Kayana and the rest of the PaixBouche youngsters congratulations to you all. You could not have done it without the help of your hard working Principal and Staff, parents and guardian and others who had your welfare at heart. Remember to thank them.
    The sky is the limit.
    Congratulations everyone.

  18. Patriot
    June 24, 2013

    Congrats Makayla and the other students who excelled at the exams.Hope my son whose turn is next year will take a page off your books and follow your footsteps

  19. June 24, 2013

    dyani shernia lisel got four a`s the ebenezer sda primary school has improve this year i am realy suprised next year 7 scorlas all the way

  20. dee
    June 24, 2013

    Congratulation to all their had work paid off.

  21. Anonymous
    June 24, 2013

    Concord made a comment already :-x

  22. Deborah Peters
    June 24, 2013

    At least dno take a drive to the school of the top performer and interview the teacher and/or principal
    we would like to hear from them.

  23. von
    June 24, 2013

    I love those kids , God has blessed the all.

    MY CHILDREN GOT TWO BURSARIES… :-P :-o
    I AM SO HAPPY !

  24. Late Learner
    June 24, 2013

    Congratulations to all the children who sat the exam, just keep on studying, you will make it. Some of us are late learners but in the final analysis we will conquer

  25. Negwess
    June 24, 2013

    Congratulations to you Louis, including your family and teachers. The journey has just begun, continuing working hard. Hard work does pay off in a very big way.

  26. Negwess
    June 24, 2013

    Congratulations Makayla, knew you as a pre-schooler and even at that tender age, you were very assertive and I knew you would do well at school.

  27. D
    June 24, 2013

    Congrats to my lil cousin “Lorenne Bedminister” of Newtown Primary… getting all A’s…. I’m proud of you

    D

  28. jj
    June 24, 2013

    :-D Congrats to Makayla and Serena. You have done well.

  29. african queen
    June 24, 2013

    congrats makayla and to the top student and concord p school and all the rest students.

  30. toks
    June 24, 2013

    Why are you people so friggin stupid and just ignorant??? omg ou pa ka tan d chile in ENGLAND on vacation!!why why why?? my God it’s like you’all take some kind of pride in bringing up negativity and sticking with it…urgghhhhh just urghhhh…

  31. Anonymous
    June 24, 2013

    castle bruce children have to much big woman ways ,i must say most of them no help and guidence always out late no role model ,all they know is torie

    • hope
      June 24, 2013

      lay off my people :-D

    • Justice and Truth
      June 24, 2013

      Is this necessary? Who asked you anyway? If you cannot state something nice about the students encouraging, it is better to state nothing. :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen:

      • Justice and Truth
        June 24, 2013

        :oops: ‘and encouraging’

  32. bawi
    June 24, 2013

    Makayla congrats hard work does pay off.

  33. poe-ki-toe
    June 24, 2013

    So where d top performer story? And why allu mentioned d top performer last?? DNO that lazy allu cyah take a drive to d country to atleast have an interview with a relative of d top student?? It’s these blatant preferential treatment that irks me u know….stupes

    • Anonymous
      June 24, 2013

      DO YOU ALL EVEN READ AND UNDERSTAND? AND YES I’M SHOUTING *UGGG*

      • Truth Seeker
        June 24, 2013

        Yes, the original and update clearly state that the top performer is out of state. Look before you leap.

    • hmm
      June 24, 2013

      lol at least I saw my typo…..Whoever wrote it…. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

    • goodness
      June 24, 2013

      The boy is not even in the country. Right after exams, he went away

    • Anonymous
      June 25, 2013

      Come on people read the heading of the article….. Why put a family or teachers’ comment there. Common sence man..

  34. Bawi Boy
    June 24, 2013

    Why is there no comment from Concord??????

    • Anonymous
      June 24, 2013

      read the other news post on the results

    • Patriot
      June 24, 2013

      U did not hear he in Europe

    • Anonymous
      June 24, 2013

      most likely they did not bother contacting the school

    • Anonymous
      June 24, 2013

      my sentiments exactly, just because the child is off island, doesn’t mean his teacher and principal could not have been contacted….

  35. Dominican Abroad
    June 24, 2013

    Well Anonymous, maybe you did not read to the end of the article. The writer said the that top performing student is currently out of state with his parents and is unable to reach them. Where do you want them to get a photo of the child or his comments? From the sky?
    Read before you comment.

    • Anonymous
      June 24, 2013

      The school and his teacher could have been contacted, the principal and the teacher are both on the island,

      ADMIN: Didn’t you see in the other story we spoke to his teacher?

    • Anonymous
      June 24, 2013

      From relatives, of course! if it was a sordid story you all would get the phone# and call them no matter where they were.

  36. Dorival John
    June 24, 2013

    Are Dominicans that stupid? God, I pray is just a small percentage.

    It was mentioned in both stories that the top student is out of island and yet we have some idiots complaining about photo of the student and how DNO did not talk to him….geez man.

    Christ, sometimes these people frustrate me.

  37. Lisan
    June 24, 2013

    Ok…but um..get through to the number 1 studentfirst…still the preference is shown…i am so glad that the country schools are performing well!!!!

    • Truth Seeker
      June 24, 2013

      I self glad all Dominica’s schools are doing well. Be careful that you are not yourself showing the bias you complain about. Unless by “the country schools” you mean the whole of Dominica.

  38. Anonymous
    June 24, 2013

    That’s right Mrs. Moreau, I myself don’t allow my children to watch television on weekdays and I don’t either. I read a lot and that is a big influence while they are in their books ..and at the end of the day is 100% after 100% in their tests :-D

  39. Pondera
    June 24, 2013

    CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL.

  40. Anonymous
    June 24, 2013

    Well DNO, I hope by the end of the week you all will have a photo and story from the top performer.

    Pure shame that all you have two articles about the person that placed 2nd, without even a photo of the person who placed first.

    Really, a lack of professionalism. Are you all intimating that the positions should have been switched? smdh

    • Anonymous
      June 24, 2013

      wat paix bouche children get?

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