St. Lucian teenager aspires to attain 21 CXC passes; encourages others to reach for the stars

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St. Lucian teenager aspires to attain 21 CXC passes; encourages others to reach for the stars
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Smart is indeed the new sexy and Darnell Wilson, a student of the St Mary’s College is a mere representation of that statement.

In a society where many are fashion, party and glam-focused, this top achiever, who has secured seven grade one’s and two grade two’s after sitting the Caribbean Secondary Examination (CSEC) at form three level, is bent on making history in St Lucia.

The 16-year-old told St Lucia News Online (SNO) in an exclusive interview that he plans on sitting 21 subjects in the upcoming in the 2015 CSEC examination.

Wilson said the inspiration behind this venture is multifaceted.

“It emanates from many areas, a pursuit of excellence basically. I don’t just see it as a quantum in reference to CXCs. I would go just for excellence, try to defy a barrier that was set for our island and for our people.”

Wilson told SNO he has a deep passion for everything he does and balances his study with social activities such as spending time with his friends, playing soccer and cricket.

“You have to find the perfect balance, you can’t always be about academics, so I try to balance my time; I try to split it about.”

The top achiever said he would advise other students to do the same and to strive for perfection. “Go after what you want, raise the bar and go for excellence,” he added.

Asked to comment on the poor pass rates in English on island, Wilson stated that it has to do with expression and the manner in which persons express ideas.

“I have realised that throughout our society, especially our West Indian-infused culture, that persons tend to use a lot of colloquialism and when they use it in the writing they do not use it in the form of a dialogue, they use it arbitrarily,” he explained.

The infusion of the two, he noted, might be the reason behind the shortcomings of many and a definite area that needs attention.

His father, Dr. Syls Wilson, said that he is proud of his son and is fully supportive of his aspirations.

Dr. Wilson said he believes that Darnell is more than capable of achieving his goals and is in no way interested in restricting his move, but rather to provide the suitable environment to assist him.

He said: “I believe that this is the responsibility we have as parents, we need to inspire the kids adequately, we need to dig deep and provide them with the environment and brainstorm with them, and also be critical and look at their performance from a positive standpoint.”

Dr. Wilson told SNO that his son has always been meticulous and that is something he noticed in his son from a very young age. The aspiring aeronautical engineer or nanotechnologist is hopeful that he could raise the standards throughout the education system.

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  1. This is really great! I like this spirit.. In Guyana we had a 14 year old who wrote 17 subjects and passsed all!

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  2. In my opinion only God and the child with the help of his teachers and his Parents would know what he is capable of doing. Lets us Pray for him and continue to encourage him. some students are told by some teacher you think you know too much. Keep quiet put your hands down. This in my mind is very discauraging. St. Mary continue to encourage your students. My son use to b an a student. he was told all of these things and got discouraged and went down to E. no longer paticipated in class etc. So Mr. Wilson keep going the sky is the limit.

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  3. I think it's time that we rally around our young people and embrace their aspirations.it is refreshing to hear such news. We, as Caribbean people, and more specifically as St. Lucian people, should strive to reach far beyond the glass ceilings that exist for us. Congratulations to you young man, and may God's blessings be with you.

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    • You just needed to pay a little more attention in vocabulary, and you would understand him better. The child's words were nothing that an average person could not understand. Choops! Try to get to his level instead of begging that he stoop to yours. Raise the bar. #smh

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  4. I'm sure that he can achieve it , I wish him all the best.But I hope he feels no undue pressure to reach accomplish this feat. To his parents - please support him, help him manage the stress which may come with this challenge. I know one to many persons who have suffered mental breakdowns from academic pressure. God bless you Darnell.

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  5. On one hand I agree that one should aspire for great things. On the other hand I think 21 is just ridiculous. Unless he is a genius (in the true sense of the word), he will have to devote a significant amount of his time to his studies, time that could be spent having fun, impacting the lives of others etc. Its not always about education and what I can do for myself

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    • Agreed. There is no need to do 21 subjects for CXC. When applying to universities they desire well rounded candidates that is someone who may take part in sports, who is good in academics and who may volunteer their time to a worthy cause. This goal that has been set is just ridiculous.

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  6. I find its ridiculous that they would allow a child to do so many subjects. A level only take 5 including maths and english chpz thats so wrong. its true he is a bright boy but thats to many subjects for one little brain.

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    • Technically, we do not know whether they're is a limit to how many subjects a student can sit without cognitive repercussions. Clearly every year Steve's are pushing those boundaries and I think that should be commended. Decades ago no one thought anyone could trace the 100m in under 10 seconds but now we know otherwise. Yes, doing so many can be seen as unnecessary but defining what is necessary must be placed in the right context. Unnecessary for A level yes but if he wants to push himself then it can be argued that this way is a good option. Definitely builds time management skills that will be essential for higher education. Perhaps he wants to skip a level all together and apply to colleges after smc, that would set him apart from everyone else I'd his year etc. I wish you success in ask your endeavors.

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  7. you will be the first cruise ship billionaire in the entire caribbean, and man you will be a lucian, good my bro, keep it up,

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    • I know, all of the Wilson's are so intelligent. I would not mind being a Wilson plus they are good looking.

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  8. i attempt to write 22 cxcs but i only write 2 and i pass one

    but this guy sounds very bright. i know he can make it. keep it up my boy.

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  9. While I admire the young man, I'd like to know, does that mean he will re-sit the seven subjects which he has already succeeded at Grade one level? I can understand perhaps, he might be striving for distinctions of those seven "Grade one" subjects, if he had not achieved them at that level; but if he has, why is he re-sitting those seven subjects? or is he writing 21 subjects in addition to those seven? I'm confused.

    However, "congrats", you're brilliant. Keep reaching for the stars!

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    • the fact is that he is attempting 21. doesnt matter how he gets it or when. great accomplishment Wilson. most people at their present age have not succeeded in at least 5 cxc's

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    • In actuality, CXC is offering 30 subjects at CSEC....so it is posssible for him to not re-sit the subjects that he passed already and do 21...

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  10. i respect the young man on his aspirations but aren't these stories commented on after he has achieved the 21 subjects. But any how , young man continue to strive for excellence.....

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