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0 | 2019-02-12 14:32:00

 The magis or ‘the greater’ is one of the central principles of Jesuit spirituality and by extension, of Ignatian education. This principle is the pillar on which the Roman Catholic high school, Campion College hosted the CXC-edition of its annual Magis Awards ceremony to celebrate outstanding performances in the 2018 CAPE and CSEC examinations.
“Campion College uses its Magis Awards Ceremony to recognize and celebrate those members of our Campion family who, in a given academic year, epitomized the magis through their excellence in service, school citizenship, sports and academics,” said Grace Baston, Principal, Campion College.
Traditionally, Campion held one such ceremony to honour all its outstanding citizens, including fifth and sixth form students who excelled at the CAPE and CSEC examinations. These students would have achieved seven or more Grade 1 passes for CSEC and four or more Grade 1 passes for CAPE, in one sitting. In recent years however, the number of students attaining this standard has grown significantly, making it impossible to include them all in the school’s regular Magis Awards ceremony and hence the birth of the Magis Awards - CXC Edition.
“This year we honoured 281 students for their outstanding performance on the 2018 sitting of the CAPE and CSEC examinations. Of that number 130 are from last year’s fifth form cohort, two from fourth form and 149 are students who were in our upper and lower 6th form classes,” shared Mrs. Baston.
Each year, Campion awards the top CSEC student with the Avinash Potluri trophy and scholarship – named for a deceased alumnus and provided by his parents Dr. and Mrs. Devi Potluri. This year, the trophy was awarded to Renee Ann Meeks, who in one sitting earned ten Grade 1 passes with straight A profiles in each subject.
“I feel honoured to be a recipient of this trophy, an award that has been given to Campionites who I consider to be role models. It’s an amazing feeling to be acknowledged in front of the entire Campion community; this award motivates me to work even harder to make my family and school family proud,” offered Meeks.
Campionites also dominated the National and Regional Merit lists for both examinations. In the ranking of the top ten performers at the CSEC level, Campion College students claimed 83 places nationally and 32 places regionally. Of this set of scholars, special recognition should be given to Runako Gentles, who attained nine Grade 1 passes with straight A profiles and placed in seven subjects on the national merit list and in four subjects on the regional merit list.
Meanwhile on the CAPE, Campion had 121 students appearing on the National Merit list and 47 on the Regional list. The most outstanding students were Alexia Campbell who placed 4 times nationally in Unit 1 and twice regionally as well as Dian Palmer who also placed 4 times nationally and earned one regional placement.
Campion College had more students on both the CSEC and CAPE Regional Merit lists than any other secondary school in the Caribbean. “The Campion College community celebrates the achievements of our students as we understand the hard-work and dedication that goes into these accomplishments, and for that we are proud!” shared Mrs. Baston.

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