Principal of Rousillac Presbyterian School Robert Seerattan congratulates Kirsten Ramsaran. (Image: KRISTIAN DE SILVA)

This year’s top eight performing Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) students are all girls- with five students tying for third place. 

Kirsten Ramsaran of Rousillac Presbyterian placed first, Vineetha Kattamanchi of Maria Regina Grade School placed second and Anya Sybella Ali of the Specialist Learning Centre, Raveena Basdeo of Montrose Government, Sy’ria Joseph of Arima Girls Government, Aishani Ramsewak, a private candidate and Isharra Sookdeo of Clarke Rochard Government school all tied for third place. 

The eight were among 17 students recognised by the Ministry of Education at its St Vincent Street headquarters on Thursday. 

The recognition ceremony also included the top male student- Tyler Ramroop of El Dorado Hindu School- who placed eighth overall.

Two students from special schools- Aisha Lewis from the Audrey Jeffers School for the Deaf and Curlan Highley from the Cascade School for the Deaf were also recognised.

Seven students were recognised for their improved academic performance.

They were: Leanna James from Valencia Government Primary, Kahyin Young from Arouca Government Primary, Khalil David from Pt Fortin AC, Tristan Craig from Rosary Boys’ RC, Shemar Bowman from Waterloo Presbyterian, Reese Charles from Robert Village Hindu and Melicka Redhead from Marabella Government Primary.

All 17 were given free broadband-at-home services from Bmobile and a tablet with a data sim.

Reporter: Sharlene Rampersad