Top boys in Common Entrance Exam reap rewards thanks to CIBC FirstCaribbean

CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank has extended its appreciation of its clients far beyond the typical client-banker relationship. When the bank discovered that two of the island’s highest achievers in this year’s Common Entrance Examination were the children of its clients, it decided to reward the children specially for a job well done.

Kai Alleyne of Willkie Cumberbatch Primary School and Kwame Connell of St. Gabriel’s School were among the top four students. Kai, the top boy, got 99 percent in Mathematics, 100 per cent in English and an A in Composition with a total of 246.63. Meanwhile, Kwame who placed fourth overall received the second highest score: 100 in Mathematics, 98 in English and an A in Composition and received an overall score of 246.07. The boys’ parents are clients of the bank.

For their achievements Kai and Kwame received a Kindle Touch and a CIBC FirstCaribbean Sure Start account, which were presented to them recently at the bank’s Private Banking Centre, Wildey.

Recipients of gifts from CIBC FirstCaribbean, Kwame Connell and Kai Alleyne, receive words of encouragement from bank officials Sheldene Pinder and Troy Yearwood.

Kai was very excited to receive his gifts. His father Ramon Alleyne, a client of the bank since its inception, was “justifiably touched” by the bank’s acknowledgement of his son’s achievement.

He said, “It is good to see a corporate entity that is willing to invest in young people and to acknowledge excellence.”

Kwame was also appreciative. He said that mathematics was his better subject so he paid more attention to it. His father, Dr. Kwame Connell, also a long-time client of the bank, said: “It’s very generous of CIBC FirstCaribbean to recognise Kwame for his efforts. He’d been consistently working hard.”

The boys are excited to be heading to Harrison College in the new school year. Kai said, “From the time I knew about secondary school I wanted to go to Harrison College.” Kwame has decided he wants to be a scientist while Kai has not yet made up his mind.

Sheldene Pinder, Wealth Manager at CIBC First Caribbean said, “We like to show our appreciation to our clients and share in their success. We were aware that the boys were writing the exams however, as the news broke that they had emerged as top students, we made the decision to specially acknowledge them.”

Ms. Pinder, along with Wealth Associate, Troy Yearwood presented the boys with their prizes and expressed pride at their performance.

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