By STACY MOORE Saturday, September 21 2013
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Top scholar: Shereece Mohammed, one of two scholarship winners of Waterloo Secondary School....
Waterloo Secondary School has good reason to celebrate today, winning two scholarships in the 2013 Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Exam-
ination (CAPE), months after the stabbing death of a student sent the school population into mourning.
On May 27, the school in central Trinidad held the national spotlight when 14-year-old Renaldo Dixon died after he was stabbed multiple times during an altercation over a female student.
After the killing, students and teachers were in despair, principal Krishendath Basdeo said yesterday with many commenting negatively on the school.
Now, they can only expect good reviews after the CAPE success of 18-year-olds Shereece Mohammed and Videsh Maharaj who won additional scholarships.
“The incident that occurred months ago was tragic and unfortunate but we have always instilled strict discipline at our school and have continued to do so,” Basdeo told Newsday.
The two scholarship winners have “lifted spirits” at the school as their achievements reflect the standard Waterloo strives for. Last year, three Waterloo students received scholarships.
Mohammed and Maharaj, both of Couva, attained full certificates in the CAPE results and were awarded scholarships in Business and Science respectively. On the day of the killing, Maharaj and Mohammed were not at school but were preparing for their examinations.
Basdeo said teachers and students work together to achieve their goals.
“All members are committed to achieving success. There must always be a foundation,” he stressed.
Basdeo said in a collaborative effort with vice-principal Bharath Maharaj they have introduced sessions of “motivational discussion”. These sessions include one-and-one discussions between Basdeo and the students. “We always try to motivate our students and also recognise our teachers,” he said.
Presentation College, Chaguanas, no stranger to academic success, continued its celebrations over President’s Medal winner Karan Abhinav, an Open Mathematics scholarship recipient, as well as 26 other scholarship winners yesterday.
Principal Gary Riberio said the 27 scholarships were the most the school has ever received.
“The boys have worked hard and supported each other,” he said.
He said a tradition started in 2010 where a Lower Sixth Form student accompanies the President’s Medal winner to the medalling ceremony, and since then each companion student has gone on to become a President’s Medal recipient.
Other schools receiving scholarships in Central included ASJA Boys’ College, Charlieville, Couva East Secondary and Holy Faith Convent, Couva.