Ministry of Education, Guyana

Wednesday, 21 August 2019 09:33

Persistence and consistency are the key

— Diego Barnett secures 3rd place at CAPE

“I studied both night and day because I believe that persistence and consistency are the keys to success.” This sage advice was given by 18-year-old Diego Barnett, one of Guyana’s high achievers at the recent Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) 2019.

The teenager is the third top performer for Queen’s College (QC), after sitting a challenging total of nine Advanced Level subjects, commonly referred to as A-Level. Diego wrote: Applied Mathematics 1 and 2, Pure Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Spanish, Communications Studies and Integrated Mathematics, and was able to secure 9 Grade Ones and 2 Grade Twos.

The aspiring medical doctor explained that after viewing his results online, he could not contain his emotions. “I was at home, and I started to jump and scream. I did pull-ups also and ran around with excitement.”

Diego does not regret making changes to his daily routines. He said his efforts to attend late nights and early morning classes and pushing in additional studies have paid off.

He has always been fascinated by the Scripture Joshua 1 Verse 8, and firmly believes this was a motivating factor that aided in his success. “Keep this ‘Book of the Law’ always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful,” he quoted.

“Since then I’ve been studying God’s work, and I have been excelling – at CXC and [now] at CAPE,” the youngster added.

When asked about his support throughout his journey, the young man said: “Of course, my family was the best support system, then my peers and teachers also who worked late nights and early mornings to assist me, and especially my grandfather who instilled discipline; he helped me to come this far.”

Diego enjoys playing the drums, football, swimming and most importantly assisting his parents at home. He plans to give one year of service to his alma mater as a Physics tutor; after that, he will travel overseas to pursue studies in medicine.


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