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Godfrey Stewart's math whiz

Sheena Gayle, Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau:

When many are struggling with mathematics, 18-year-old Tricia Johnson of Godfrey Stewart High School has mastered the subject and is intent on delivering a grade one for herself and her school when she sits her Caribbean Secondary Examination Certificate (CSEC) in May.
"Godfrey Stewart has never had a student who scored a grade one in mathematics and I want to be that student to deliver that to my school. My principal is depending on me," she said with a smile during the Youthlink's CSEC Examination Techniques Seminar in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland, recently.

The annual seminar is very helpful to students who are about to sit the CSEC examinations as it teaches them strategies to earn the best grades on the examination. Markers of these examinations outline to students the best practices in studying in the subject area, common errors to avoid, concepts/topics that recur annually or are central to the subject area.

Johnson surprised everyone, including the lecturer, during the mathematics session of the seminar when she used an unconventional approach in solving a mathematical equation. She took the most difficult route that many found quite amazing, but, for Johnson, this was her normal routine.
"I know many persons did not expect me to use matrices to solve a simultaneous equation, but I like to use the difficult methods. It challenges me and I like to be challenged. If math is not challenging, I find it boring," the grade-11 student confirmed.

In addition to mathematics, Johnson will be sitting electronic document preparation management and principles of business. She bagged biology with a grade three; social studies, English language, food and nutrition and home economics with grade-two passes, and physical education in grade one when she did them last year. She is also a member of the school's 4-H Club, who will represent Westmoreland at Denbigh Agriculture Show in Clarendon in the towel-fold competition.

"My mother is a great support to my educational endeavours. She works hard to ensure that me and my siblings get the opportunity, so I want to continue doing well. My math teacher also is the one who has allowed me to be in this position. He constantly encourages me and has really helped me to master math in a way I could not have done on my own," Johnson admitted. 

Godfrey Stewart High School student Tricia Johnson surprised everyone, including the lecturer, during the mathematics session of the seminar when she used an unconventional approach in solving a mathematical equation. - File