By Shemuel FanfairAryan Singh of Dharmic Rama Krishna Primary School, a lad who shared the nation’s top position at the recently announced National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA), said he intended to continue in the same vein to achieve outstanding results.In an interview with Guyana Times on Tuesday, the young man revealed that he would utilise a similar approach to maintain a high level of performance when he entered secondary school in the new school term.Top student Aryan Singh“I plan to do the same thing I’ve been doing – normal revision. I don’t intend to do anything special because if you do that, you get nervous,” he posited.He recalled that upon writing his exams, he was nervous but he was able to overcome his fears and end up being successful.When the results were announced on July 5, Singh had secured a total score of 568 marks, earning him a place at Queen’s College. The young man related that he was especially satisfied to know that he attained the highest marks in Mathematics and Social Studies.When asked about his feelings on being a top achiever, Singh observed that he was at first astonished.“It feels amazing, electrifying; I was extremely shocked at first, but when it got into my mind, I was overjoyed…my mom was shocked but was calm – I was crying,” the lad explained.He pointed out that it was his teacher, Padminie Geewan who helped to motivate him for the NGSA.“She really did push the whole class to their potential,” the young man said.He further related that any student with the right approach and effort can achieve success at their exams: “I would encourage them that anybody can be at the top, once you do your work and revise and don’t over pressure yourself.”Singh’s mother, Prithi Singh told this publication that she, his father, sister and grandmother all feel proud of his achievement.“Everybody in the family is extremely happy. He was a very disciplined and focused child, and he was also taking part in karate and is taking part in several international tournaments. We didn’t have many problems with him – only the games,” she expressed.She also related that her son was encouraged to study an hour before bed every evening.The National Grade Six Assessment, which was written on April 27 and 28 earlier this year, saw 14,386 candidates participating.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – An open forum where Lowell Joint School District parents can give input about qualities and characteristics they would like to see in the next superintendent will take place at 7 p.m. today at Rancho-Starbuck Intermediate School, 16430 Woodbrier Ave.Officials with Leadership Associates will conduct interviews at the open forum.They are also available to meet with employees, parents and others interested in the district individually or in small groups. Those interested in doing so should call the district at (562) 943-0211.Interested individuals who are unable to attend the open forum, small group or individual meetings should send requests to Leadership Associates, 23052 Alicia Parkway, Mission Viejo, CA 92692; fax to (949) 461-9119; or e-mail [email protected] or [email protected] more information on the superintendent search, call the school district at (562) 943-0211. Bermudez spreads word on Cal Grants NORWALK – Assemblyman Rudy Bermudez, D-Norwalk, has joined with the California Student Aid Commission to make local students aware of the state’s Cal Grant program.To receive a Cal Grant, students must have a 2.0 grade-point average or higher, or meet certain income requirements, and fill out the Cal Grant GPA verification form and the FAFSA by March 2.Through this grant program, students can receive up to $9,708 per year for use at most UCs, CSUs, private and vocational schools and community colleges in California.For more information on Cal Grants, call Bermudez’s office at (562) 864-5600, visit www.calgrants.org or call toll-free (888) CA GRANTS. For more information on applying to colleges, visit www.californiacolleges.edu. Applications open for Capitol fellows MONTEBELLO – Assemblyman Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, has announced applications are available for the 2006-07 Assembly Fellowship Program, which gives college students the opportunity to become full-time Assembly staff members.Fellows work on fiscal and police issues in the Assembly member’s Capitol or committee office, participate in a weekly academic seminar with Assembly members, senior staff, journalists, lobbyists and state government officials.They will also earn 12 graduate credits from Cal State Sacramento.Fellows are paid a $1,972 monthly stipend, plus health, dental and vision benefits.To be eligible, applicants must have earned their undergraduate degree by September. No specific major is preferred. Those with advanced degrees or mid-career professionals are also encouraged to apply.Applications are available by calling the Center for California Studies at (916) 319-3753 or by logging on to www.csus.edu/calst/assembly or by e-mailing [email protected] postmark deadline for applications is Feb. 22.Applicants will be screened and semifinalists will be interviewed by a panel of judges. The selection process will end in May. If you have an event or notice deserving attention, write us! Send your notice to Tracy Garcia, education reporter, at 7612 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier, CA 90602. You may call the office at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051, or send e-mail to [email protected]