An Indo-Guyanese girl has topped this year's Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examination.
Shirvanie Persaud, 17, a student of the prestigious Queen's College here in Georgetown, sat for 13 subjects and attained Grade I in 12 of them and Grade II in one.
"I was shocked. I thought I would have done good; but topping, that is really cool," she told the Guyana Chronicle.
She is now planning a career in medicine. The newspaper quoted Shirvanie as saying that paying close attention to her work in school was one of the main ingredients for her success.
Her mother said that as a single parent her daughter's success has made her extremely happy.
In 2001, Shirvanie was among the toppers at the Secondary School Entrance Examination in Guyana, a country where 50 percent of the population is of Indian origin.
The CSEC examination, held by the Caribbean Examinations Council, is taken by students after five years of secondary school, and marks the end of standard secondary education. Students, 16 years and older, appear for this exam.
Students from 16 Caribbean countries, including Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados and Jamaica appear for the CSEC examination.