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St George’s Iain S. D. Smith 'unofficially' the top 2020 CSEC student in VI

St George’s Iain S. D. Smith 'unofficially' the top 2020 CSEC student in VI

St George’s Secondary School, a private institution, has unofficially produced this year’s top Caribbean Secondary Examinations Certificate (CSEC) student.

The results of the top performers for the VI were disclosed in a statement by Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture, Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) on September 28, 2020.

Iain Seymour Dan Smith acquired 8 subjects with an impressive 7 Grade Ones.

Smith now has a total of 11 CSEC subjects with 10 Grade Ones, having written 3 subjects in 2019.

The Ministry of Education has not officially disclosed who is this year's top CSEC student but, based on the results it has released, Smith is so far the Territory's best performer.


St George’s Secondary School’s next top CSEC student is Chad R. Willock.

‘Student of the Year’


Mr Smith, the son of Chairman of the Social Security Board (SSB), Mr Ian S. Smith, was the Valedictorian at St George’s Secondary School’s graduation exercise in July 2020.

He had passed the School Leaving Examination with a distinction in every subject and graduated with a 4.0 GPA.

The school had also declared Mr Smith the Student of the Year.

The school’s next top student was Chad R. Willock, who is the son of Speaker of the House of Assembly (HoA), Hon Julian Willock.

Willock, who graduated with High Honours and was the school’s top debater, secured 8 subjects with 4 Grade Ones.


Iain S. D. Smith of the St George's Secondary School has unofficially emerged as the Territory's top CSEC student, having acquired 8 subjects with an impressive 7 Grade Ones.

Shonari Winter


The Number 2 CSEC student in the Territory is Shonari Winter of Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS).

Winter wrote 7 subjects with 7 Grade I passes.

Rennisha Rodgers, also of ESHS, had 8 subjects with 6 Grade I passes while Kristin Abraham and Kaeli Alphonso both secured 8 subjects with 5 Grade I passes.

Nicholous Kanhai is Bregado Flax Educational Centre’s top CSEC student, having secured 8 subjects with 5 Grade I passes.

Kayla K. M. Manning of the BVI Seventh-day Adventist School received 8 subjects with 4 Grade I passes.


According to Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture, Dr the Hon natalio D. Wheatley (R7), this year, a total of 358 candidates registered for one or more subjects for the CSEC examinations, as compared with 375 candidates in 2019

Grades I, II & III earned in 78% of subjects entered


According to Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture, Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7), this year, a total of 358 candidates registered for one or more subjects for the CSEC examinations, as compared with 375 candidates in 2019.

Of this total, 280 were students attending public secondary schools, 71 were from private secondary schools and 7 were private independent candidates.

Dr Wheatley also said a total of 27 CSEC subjects were written by candidates, as compared with 28 CSEC subjects in 2019. The subjects with the highest number of entries were English A (232), Mathematics (226), Electronic Document Preparation and Management (175), Human and Social Biology (142) and Principles of Business (117).

The Education Minister also disclosed that Grades I, II and III were earned in 78% of the subjects entered.

He said there were a total of 9 subjects with 100% passes. These are Agricultural Science (Double Award); Agricultural Science (Single Award); Visual Arts; Physical Education and Sport; Food, Nutrition and Health; Family and Resource Management; Technical Drawing; Industrial Technology (Mechanical); and Information Technology.

Dr Wheatley extended congratulations to the successful students and noted that "Given the fluid nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and its implications, our students persevered through many psychological, social and emotional challenges. This pandemic forced our students to deal with great uncertainty, adapt to new learning conditions and adopt new studying practices."

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