Bril­liant Nevinne needs help to go to med­i­cal school

Top per­former leaves An­chovy High School with 19 sub­jects

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION - Al­bert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

IT WOULD ap­pear that the num­ber 19 holds much sig­nif­i­cance in the life of Nevinne Blake, a res­i­dent of Bethel Town, West­more­land, who re­cently grad­u­ated from An­chovy High School in St James at age 19 with a grand to­tal of 19 sub­jects be­tween the Caribbean Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion Cer­tifi­cate (CSEC) and the Caribbean Ad­vanced Pro­fi­ciency Ex­am­i­na­tion (CAPE).

In this year’s ex­am­i­na­tions, Blake, who emerged as the top-per­form­ing CAPE stu­dent at the school, scored five dis­tinc­tions in CAPE Unit 2, an ex­cep­tional feat, con­sid­er­ing the dis­lo­ca­tion caused by the COVID-19 pan­demic, which dis­rupted nor­mal school and robbed stu­dents of face-to-face in­ter­ac­tions with their teach­ers.

“I was ner­vous at first, but when I checked and I saw the grades, I was so ex­cited be­cause I knew I put out the work and got these dis­tinc­tions,” said Blake, who scored grade ones in bi­ol­ogy, Caribbean stud­ies, chem­istry, physics, and pure math­e­mat­ics.“These re­sults mean so much to me. It is now eas­ier, aca­dem­i­cally, to get into the course I wanted to do.”

Prior to sit­ting her CAPE Unit 2 sub­jects, Blake passed nine CSEC sub­jects with grade ones in bi­ol­ogy, physics, chem­istry, ge­og­ra­phy, hu­man and so­cial bi­ol­ogy, math­e­mat­ics, English A, English B, and elec­tronic doc­u­ment prepa­ra­tion and man­age­ment and a grade two in agri­cul­tural sci­ence.

She also passed five

CAPE Unit 1 sub­jects, at­tain­ing grade ones in bi­ol­ogy and com­mu­ni­ca­tion stud­ies; grade twos in physics and chem­istry; and grade three in pure math­e­mat­ics.

“I want to be a nurse or a doc­tor, but I know it will be an up­hill task for my mom to af­ford that cost, based on the chal­lenges she had in help­ing me to com­plete high school and sixth form,” said Blake. “I am cur­rently look­ing for schol­ar­ships to com­mence my stud­ies be­cause I know that an in­vest­ment in me is an in­vest­ment in Ja­maica.”

Ac­cord­ing to Blake, fi­nanc­ing her school­ing has been quite tough on her mother, Leli­eth Bryan, who does poul­try rear­ing to pro­vide for the fam­ily.

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“For my en­tire years of high school, through to sixth form, it has been my mom,” Blake said. “Some­times I wished that my dad was alive be­cause I know that even a cer­tain level of dis­ci­pline, he would have been the one to give that to me.” Blake was awarded a place at Ex­cel­sior High School fol­low­ing her sit­ting of the now-de­funct Grade Six Achieve­ment Test but chose An­chovy High as her par­ents had re­lo­cated from Kingston to West­more­land.

“I used to live in Kingston be­fore my fam­ily mi­grated to West­more­land, and then my dad died three months af­ter. Since then, it was left up to my mom to shoul­der the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of send­ing me and my other sis­ter to school,” she re­called. “I watched my mom strug­gle to send me and my sis­ter to school. I do wish, at times, it wasn’t that hard on her.” Blake’s 44-year-old mother holds high hopes for her daugh­ter, who she is quite proud of. She

wants to see her daugh­ter ul­ti­mately mov­ing on to univer­sity, where she hopes she will earn a med­i­cal de­gree.

“Nevinne wants to be­come a nurse or a med­i­cal doc­tor, but I don’t have it,” said Bryan, the mother of five chil­dren. “I have since set up a GoFundMe ac­count to help raise the money so she can go to univer­sity. I wouldn’t mind if she can get a schol­ar­ship be­cause it’s very hard on me.”

CON­TRIB­UTED PHO­TOS

Lileith Bryan, Nevinne Blake’s mother, is ap­peal­ing for help to send her daugh­ter to med­i­cal school.

Nevinne Blake

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