Screen_Shot_2014-06-26_at_8.17.59_PMYesterday the Ministry of Education hosted its annual awarding Ceremonies at the Biltmore Plaza in Belize City where students from across the country gathered to be recognized as the top students for this year’s PSE results. The Northern part of the country had representation among the top 25 students. At a forum today at the Corozal Community College Auditorium, 20 students from Both Corozal and Orange Walk were awarded for their exceptional performance in this year’s examinations. Reporter Victor Castillo was among the invited guests and filed the following report.

Victor Castillo – Reporting

Meet the top twenty primary school students whom after their dedication achieved the highest scores in the Primary School Examination for the Corozal and Orange Walk Districts. The smiles and excitement this morning were the most notable expression at the CCC Auditorium as each of the 20 student’s received an award from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports in recognition for their accomplishment.

Present at this morning awarding ceremonies was Deputy Chief Education Officer Dr. Carol Babb who was over whelmed with the performance in the north.

Dr. Carol Babb – Deputy CEO MOE

“We are very happy when our students do well we do well, and we are very thankful for the parents and the teachers because as you know education is everybody’s business so when we all work together and we succeed we get very happy and we want to applaud all parents and teachers who worked very hard with their students on a daily basis.”


During the ceremonies the audience composed by students, teachers, parent’s officials from the Ministry of Education and both Mayors Hilberto Campos from Corozal and Mayor Kevin Bernard were delighted with a cultural presentation.

First in line to receive their awards were students from the Corozal District followed by the Students from Orange Walk District.

Among the top 20 students awarded today for their performance Josie Reyes and Savannah Muller both from Mary Hill, and Naomi Sanchez from St. Francis Xavier received additional awards presented to them by Mayor Hilberto Campos. For the top three students in Orange Walk Town, Alessa Castillo from La Inmaculada School, Jose Arciga from Louisiana Government School and Kiwani Flores from Trial Farm Government School also received awards presented by Mayor Kevin Bernard.

Alessa Castillo – PSE Top Performer

“I feel very good because I really studied very hard for the PSE and for it some questions were a little hard but not all of them, I knew most of them because with the help of my parents and teachers.”


Victor Castillo – Reporter

“Have you thought of which high school are you going to attend?”

Alessa Castillo – PSE Top Performer

“I think I will attend Muffles High School.”

Victor Castillo – Reporter

“What advice would you give students out there to accomplish what you have accomplished?”

Alessa Castillo – PSE Top Performer

“Well, the PSE is not to be feared once you study and you know then you are going to do good in the PSE but sometimes nervousness can bring your PSE grade down and just to keep it cool.”

Victor Castillo – Reporter

“How long did you studied for this PSE, how much did you prepare for this PSE?”

Alessa Castillo – PSE Top Performer

“Well, people from primary school start preparing from since they start but when you really get serious about something around standard five and it was mostly easy.”

Jose Arciga – PSE Top Performer

“I feel excited and really determined in everything I did.”

Victor Castillo – Reporter

“Now, when you say determined how the road for your success was, was for you?”

Jose Arciga – PSE Top Performer

“It was very filled with adventure and different and in every corner I guess there was help, there were enemies, there were friend and there were people who tried to drag me down but all my teachers have guided me and my parents the most and I would like to congratulate my dad, because if it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t have been here.”


Primary Schools that fell among the four awarding Categories were presented with awards as well.

An award as a token of appreciation was given to both Mayor Hilberto Campos and Mayor Kevin Bernard for their participation in today’s ceremonies.

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