Day­nia brings GSAT glory to Non­such

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION & COMMENTARY - Gareth Davis Sr Gleaner Writer

FACED WITH the chal­lenge of at­tend­ing classes with­out lunch money, 11-year-old Day­nia Deans has de­fied the odds by be­com­ing the high­est achiever in the Grade Six Achieve­ment Test (GSAT) at Non­such Pri­mary since the school’s in­cep­tion.

Deans, who hails from Non­such, ar­guably one of the most de­pressed com­mu­ni­ties in Port­land, re­port­edly en­dured se­vere hard­ships, sur­viv­ing only through a mea­gre fi­nan­cial sup­port from her mother in a sin­gle-par­ent set­ting.

“She is a young and deter­mined stu­dent,” said Chris­tine Parkes, grand­mother of the suc­cess­ful stu­dent.

“Hav­ing no lunch money at times com­pounded the chal­lenges, but she was deter­mined to do well. Yes, there were days when she would go hun­gry, whilst other stu­dents had lunch, but that was by no means a de­ter­rent to her, as it mo­ti­vated her even more to do well,” Parkes re­counted.

Ad­di­tion­ally, her grand­mother re­called that Day­nia pre­pared a study sched­ule that she fol­lowed closely and re­vised reg­u­larly.

Deans is the first of two chil­dren for her mother, Sa­man­tha Everett, who was ab­sent when The Gleaner vis­ited the school. How­ever, our news team learned that the sin­gle par­ent sup­ported her whole­heart­edly, de­spite the lim­ited re­sources at their dis­posal.


“It comes as no sur­prise that Day­nia did very well in GSAT,” com­mented Marlise Cowie Adi­ans­ingh, prin­ci­pal of the school.

She added: “I con­di­tioned 12 stu­dents for GSAT and ex­tra classes were held each af­ter­noon af­ter school. Even when no one else turns up for ex­tra class, Day­nia was al­ways present. We have a ma­jor cri­sis at the school, as there is no In­ter­net avail­able. Day­nia com­pletes here home­work on time but her big­gest fear was math­e­mat­ics.


Day­nia Deans (left) of Non­such Pri­mary School is pic­tured here with her prin­ci­pal, Marlise Cowie Adi­ans­ingh (right), and grand­mother Chris­tine Parkes at the in­sti­tu­tion in Port­land.

Non­such Pri­mary School in Port­land, which has a stu­dent pop­u­la­tion of 65.

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