Rae Ann Wright, Mathew Murray, and Tabeel Arthur, from the Signal Hill Secondary School, are on the 2020 Caribbean Examination Council (CXC)- Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) Merit List.
Murray and Arthur nabbed spots 4 and 7 for their performances in the Caribbean in Building Mechanical Engineering and Drawing(BMED).
And for the second consecutive year, Wright is on the list as she placed 4th in the Caribbean in Art and Design Unit 2.
In 2019, she placed 8th in Unit 1 for her work in B.M.E.D.
The 20-year-old student from Moriah, Tobago, is now the toast of her school and village as a two-time awardee.
Her parents -Shelly-Ann and Roger Wright, work with the Tobago Regional Health Authority as a cleaner and groundsman. They have two other children – Roger Jnr and Dwaylon.
She said God and her “parents’ unconditional support’ have carried her through to this point.
She told Guardian Media in a telephone interview. “My mother and father were always there to meet my needs and encourage me.”
Her teachers, especially Stacie Abraham and Sherma Trim, also provided support.
“Ms Abraham always gave us strong words of encouragement. She never let our minds be filled with doubt. Ms Trim used to tell us that power is in the tongue. She used to tell us to speak positively about ourselves.”
However, at one point last year she felt, she was at the breaking point.
“Schoolwork got hard. I had passion, determination, and support, but things became tough as the workload was very heavy. I felt like that was it.”
Rae Ann said friends threw their support behind her.
“ They began to encourage me. We began to encourage each other. After a brief moment of wanting to give up, I felt like they had my back as they had their struggles too and needed my support. Hmmm, it’s important to choose your friends wisely.”
Rae Ann hopes to head to the University of the West Indies, Jamaica, later this year, pending necessary financial support from GATE. She wants to become an architect.
Her parents told Guardian Media they would support her how best they can.
“ We have an intelligent, hardworking, dedicated, quiet, and simple daughter. We are so proud of her. We will go all out to help her fulfil her dreams.”