Youngster honours sponsors with eight CSEC passes

October 25, 2021
In this 2016 photo, Dean Farquharson shows off the trophies e received for academic excellence at Trinityville Primary School in St Thomas.
In this 2016 photo, Dean Farquharson shows off the trophies e received for academic excellence at Trinityville Primary School in St Thomas.
Dean Farquharson pictured with his mother, Mavis Campbell, in downtown Kingston five years ago.
Dean Farquharson pictured with his mother, Mavis Campbell, in downtown Kingston five years ago.
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STAR readers may recall the story of Dean Farquharson which appeared in this newspaper five years ago. The youngster, who was photographed with numerous trophies that were presented to him at Trinityville Primary School, where he shone brightly in the Grade Six Achievement Test.

Farquharson was awarded a place at Ardenne High School in St Andrew, and his mother, Mavis Campbell, a vendor at the time, had no idea how she would finance his education. The single mother of 11, was, however, determined that her child would attend the high school of his choice. His story warmed the hearts the Ardenne High Alumni Association and other Jamaicans who rallied to his assistance.

Fast-forward five years, Farquharson is celebrating success of copping eight subjects at the Caribbean Secondary Examination Certificate (CSEC) level.

"This achievement means everything for me," said the 16-year-old who grew up in White Horses, St Thomas.

"Based on my story and where I am coming from with my mother, that is enough to keep me going. Knowing that she tried so hard to provide for me, and other persons who helped, I had them in mind and I looked at the sacrifices they made to help me achieve, that's what kept me going," he told THE STAR yesterday.

The youngster recalled the moment when he checked his CSEC results and discovered that he passed all eight subjects that he sat.

"I was happy, I was pleased with myself. I just couldn't believe the grades. I called my mother and the person that has been helping me. I was just really proud," Farguharson said, the excitement evident in his voice.

Like Farquharson, his mother too is elated by his success.

"I'm just glad he got the chance to excel in his schoolwork," the mother said. "I'm feeling really proud and thanks to everybody that assisted."

Farguharson is currently in sixth form at Ardenne High and his mother can't wait to see him matriculate to university.

"He will be the first to go university, oh my God! Out of all my 11 children, he will be the first. If he gets a full scholarship, I will feel so good, but right now, with his CXC, I am happy with him," she said.

Farguharson, meanwhile, has his eyes still set on becoming a scientist or a medical doctor. His words to those faced with adversities is to stay committed to their education.

"Always put your education first, as education is the passport to the future and tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today."

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