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THURSDAY’S CHILD: Mica’s dream comes true


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FROM THE TIME he was six years old, whenever Mica Shepherd was asked what secondary school he wanted to attend, he would always say: “Harrison College.”
Through his years at Milton Lynch Primary School, Mica refused to forget about his goal. And in this year’s Common Entrance Examination he scored 89 marks in both mathematics and English and a total of 240 marks, which allowed him to achieve his lifelong dream.
During an interview with the DAILY NATION at his Montrose, Christ Church home, Mica, whose accomplishment made him the top student among the boys at his school, said he was “shocked” when he found out what school he had passed for.
“I was at school and my friends told me I was going to Harrison College, but I did not believe them until I got the paper. When I got home I saw my grandmother Marlene Shepherd. She hugged me and the first tear drop fell from my eyes,” he said.
Mica acknowledged that he attended lessons in the Easter vacation and did his class work. However, he pointed out that, unlike other children during the examination season, “things were normal for him”.
“I did not really have to do anything much because to me all the work was easy at school. I would revise at school and then when I got home [I would] rest and watch some TV. I did not really have much to do around the house, so I just watched television every afternoon when I got home from school.”
Mica’s mother Maxine Shepherd said she was at work when she received news of Mica’s success. She explained that her happiness and joy tempted her to scream but she refused to yield because she did not want people to think she was a “madman”.
However, she indicated that while she knew her son had the potential to accomplish his lifelong dream, his actions leading to the examination caused her to be a “little doubtful as to whether he would make it”.
“I was surprised, not because I didn’t think he could make it but because he always wanted to go there. I knew he could work, but sometimes it seemed to me like he watched more television than any other Class Four child.
“Yes, when he came home, he would go straight and do his homework, but then he would turn to the television. I would always say to him, ‘You can’t go to Harrison College by watching TV; you have to do the worke’,” said the mother of the 11-year-old.
Mica, who has other goals – of becoming a “technician”, of continuing his studies at the Barbados Community College (BCC) and the University of the West Indies, of being a bowler for the West Indies team “to help them win competitions” – has made up his mind that he “will handle all the work that [Harrison College] has for me to do”.  Interestingly, he asked his mother to take him to see the school because he did not know where it was.


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