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Denbigh’s Demoy Lindo moves from average to acing CSEC, CAPE

Published:Tuesday | August 27, 2019 | 12:28 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer
Demoy Lindo

From an average student to now reaching for the stars, outgoing deputy head boy of Denbigh High School, Demoy Lindo, is determined to accomplish his goal of becoming a neurosurgeon after acing six subjects in the recent Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Exams (CAPE).

Lindo gained grade ones in chemistry, biology, physics, integrated maths, environmental science and Caribbean studies.

The 17-year-old, who said he was an average student for most of his high-school life, said the turning point came after being told about the humble beginnings of the Clarendon-based institution after entering fifth form.

He gained eight grade ones and a grade two in the 2017 Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate examinations.

When he transitioned into lower sixth form, he became president of the Students’ Council and was named a prefect. In upper sixth form, Lindo was named deputy head boy.

Following in the footsteps of his older sister, Lindo said he had no doubts that the 50-year-old institution was where he wanted to spend seven years of his academic life.

“I was sure I was at the right school. Every morning in the devotion, the principal would talk about how well the school is doing, how many passes, how many matches the netball team had won, and many other accolades. [This] boosted my confidence in the school,” he said.

Despite being successful in all of his external exams, his journey was not an easy one.

He told The Gleaner that he was sometimes absent from school because his parents did not have the money to send him and he also had trouble studying.

“I had no type of passion for studying, no passion for school overall. I was lazing about. I didn’t think it was important to perform,” Lindo said.

Fast-forward to 2019, Lindo wants to see more technology integrated in the practice of medicine.

“The mind has always fascinated me; and why specifically neurosurgery? Because I believe the medical field currently lacks the adequate contribution which can be made in terms of the technology that can be included,” he told The Gleaner.

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