St. Maarten tops region in CSEC music exams

Jacinth Hunkins

CUL DE SAC–St. Maarten Academy student Jacinth Hunkins has topped the region in the May/June Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) music examinations.

  Hunkins was one of two of the school’s students who made the regional merit list for Music at CSEC.

  Hunkins entered St. Maarten Academy five years ago as a freshman. Her older sister, who is also gifted musically and already a graduate of University of St. Martin (USM), requested to pursue her Caribbean Examination Council CXC Music certification through Academy and ranked seventh place. Both sisters earned Grade 1 passes in Music with a straight “A” profile.

  This is the second time in three years that Academy, and by extension St. Maarten, has made it into the top 10 for Music from amongst 19 participating and external territories offering the subject through the regional examining body.

  Hunkins will be honoured on Monday evening for her achievements when the school hosts its annual commencement ceremony at the Belair Community Centre. Of the 11 subjects Hunkins wrote, she secured grade I passes in eight (English A, Human and Social Biology, Information Technology, Mathematics, Music, Physics, Social Studies and Spanish), grade II in Chemistry, and grade III passes in Biology and English B. She also received a B in Cambridge Dutch.

  “These achievements were by no means solo efforts; rather, they were the end result of concerted efforts of parents, students and tutors,” Academy said in a press release.

  “This is an achievement well-deserved, as students and teacher gave up not only Saturdays, but Sundays and sleepless nights. It is a proud moment for all of us,” said Principal Tallulah Baly-Vanterpool on the candidates’ outstanding performance. “Congratulations to all, especially those who contributed to their success.”

  The school’s administration and management team said they are particularly grateful to music educator Daphne Jacobs-Richardson for her commitment and passion. Beginning in December 2016, she travelled every Friday from Anguilla to ensure that students were suitably prepared in the five-month period leading up to the May/June sitting of the examination. She expressed her pleasure, as the students’ performance came as no surprise to the proud tutor.

  “The students were committed to the task and eager to learn,” she said.

  Candidates from St. Maarten Academy were not the only students to thrive under Jacobs-Robinson’s tutelage. Five of the 10 students with whom she worked between St. Maarten and Anguilla earned spots on the CSEC merit list.

Source: The Daily Herald