|‘Resilient’ Aaliyah ready for secondary school |
By STACY MOORE Thursday, July 3 2014
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So happy: Aaliyah Felming, right, celebrates with her SEA classmates at St Paul's Girls' Anglican Primary School, San Fernando yesterday....
Among the thousands of SEA students breathing a sigh of relief yesterday was 12-year- old Aaliyah Felming who shot into the headlines three years ago when she became the victim of a vicious knife attack.
Felming passed for San Fernando East Secondary School. Two weeks ago, Felming a student of St Paul’s Girls’Anglican Primary School, San Fernando was awarded her school’s trophy for resilience and commitment to her studies at its graduation ceremony.
“I feel happy to know that I passed,” said a smiling Felming. The school was not among her choices, but she said she was excited and looking forward to pursuing her studies at the secondary school.
Felming who has been through a lot in her young life promised to make the best of her education. She promised to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a flight attendant. She also has a passion for singing. Felming said she had to cut back on watching televison while preparing for SEA. Her mother, Denise Felming, is now before the court for the offence. In 2011 her father Davis “Shero” Felming, 43, was shot and killed.
Felming could not contain her excitement as she also congratulated her other classmates. “I was thinking about this day. I was nervous and I could not sleep. But I am happy now,” she said. Felming’s determination also led well-wishers to start a fund for her at the school.
Her teacher Carla Cruickshank-Dickerson said she was proud of Felming and knew she had come a long way. She said Felming was determined to work hard despite everything she had been through. Principal Grace Mcquan was also proud of Felming. “In spite of what she went through she applied herself and we saw her progress over the years,” she said. Mcquan said overall she was pleased with the academic performance of the SEA students.