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Campion celebrates outstanding CSEC, CAPE performers

Jamaica Gleaner 2019-02-10 14:57:00
Contributed Grace Baston (left), principal, Campion College, presents the top CSEC student, Renee Ann Meeks with the Avinash Polturi trophy and scholarship. Meeks attained 10 grade one passes with straight A profiles in each subject in the 2018 CSEC examinations.

The magis or ‘the greater’ is one of the central principles of Jesuit spirituality and by extension, of Ignatian education. This principle is the pillar on which the Roman Catholic high school, Campion College hosted the CXC edition of its annual Magis Awards ceremony to celebrate outstanding performances in the 2018 CAPE and CSEC examinations.

“Campion College uses its Magis Awards Ceremony to recognise and celebrate those members of our Campion family who, in a given academic year, epitomised the magis through their excellence in service, school citizenship, sports and academics,” said Grace Baston, principal, Campion College.

Traditionally, Campion held one such ceremony to honour all its outst

“I feel honoured to be a recipient of this trophy, an award that has been given to Campionites who I consider to be role models. It’s an amazing feeling to be acknowledged in front of the entire Campthe top CSEC student with the Avinash Potluri trophy and scholarship – named for a deceased alumnus and provided by his parents Dr and Mrs Devi Potlion community. This award motivates me to work even harder to make my family and school family proud,” offered Meeks.

Campionites also dominated the National and Regional Merit lists for both examinations. Inanding citizens, including fifth and sixth form students who excelled at the CAPE and CSEC examinations. These students would have achieved seven or more grade one passes for CSEC and four or more grade one passes for CAPE, in one sitting. In recent years, however, the number of students attaining this standard has grown significantly, making it impossible to include them all in the school’s regular Magis Awards ceremony and hence the birth of the Magis Awards - CXC Edition.

“This year we honoured 281 ­students for their outstanding performance on the 2018 sitting of the CAPE and CSEC examinations. Of that number, 130 are from last year’s fifth form cohort, two from fourth form and 149 are students who were in our upper and lower sixth form classes,” shared Baston.

Each year, Campion awards uri. This year, the trophy was awarded to Renee Ann Meeks, who in one sitting, earned 10 grade one passes with straight ‘A’ profiles in each subject. the ranking of the top 10 performers at the CSEC level, Campion College students claimed 83 places nationally and 32 places regionally. Of this set of scholars, special recognition should be given to Runako Gentles, who attained nine grade one passes with straight ‘A’ profiles and placed in seven subjects on the national merit list and in four subjects on the regional merit list.

Meanwhile on the CAPE, Campion had 121 students appearing on the National Merit list and 47 on the regional list. The most outstanding students were Alexia Campbell who placed four times nationally in Unit 1 and twice regionally as well as Dian Palmer who also placed four times nationally and earned one regional placement.

Campion College had more students on both the CSEC and CAPE Regional Merit lists than any other secondary school in the Caribbean. “The Campion College community celebrates the achievements of our students as we understand the hard work and dedication that goes into these accomplishments, and for that we are proud!” Baston said.