From the tender age of six, Janel Garwood made a promise to her mother not to waste her time at school.
Garwood has since been excelling at all levels during her school journey which saw her taking the top student award at Morant Bay High School in St. Thomas, after gaining 12 distinctions in the recent Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations.
The 17-year-old was among several students at the institution who performed extremely well, making the high school one of the standouts in the examinations.
Joan Anderson, Garwood’s mother, said despite the struggle, she expected nothing but the best from her daughter.
“I remember I encountered some serious financial problems while she was attending prep school (Providence Preparatory School), and I broke down in tears and she wiped my eyes and promised me that she will not let my money go to waste, and she has kept that promise,” Anderson told The Gleaner.
“She has always been a focused child and one who always finds opportunities to help students as well, and I expect her to continue on the same path,” she declared.
Marsha Ford Bryan, year supervisor for the fifth-form group at the school, who pointed to the 100% pass rate in agricultural science and an over 80% pass rate in English language, mathematics and the sciences, said the students have made the institution proud.