Presentation College cops President’s Medal #4
FOR the fourth consecutive year, Presentation College Chaguanas will be receiving the President’s Medal Award.
This time, the awardee is Abhinav Karan. He shares the award with Shelemiah Peterkin, a pupil of St Joseph’s Convent, St Joseph.
The winners were announced by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar last week at a laptop distribution ceremony in St James.
Karan, 18, follows in the footsteps of Brad Chattergoon, Shastri Ram, and Brad Bachu, bringing the medal to the school for the 13th time.
Principal Gary Ribeiro told the Express, “Our boys seem to be making it a pleasurable habit of winning the President’s Medal. We are very pleased. We knew for a while that this young man was exceptional and that he would make us proud.”
Ribeiro said since 2010, a Lower Sixth pupil would accompany the President’s Medal winner to the award ceremony with the President. Ribeiro said the person to accompany that year’s winner would surprisingly be the one to accept the award the year after. He said, “There is a sort of mentoring taking place with the President’s Medal winner.”
Yesterday, Education Minister Dr Tim Gopeesingh announced the list of scholarship winners during a post-Cabinet meeting.
Ribeiro said although he did not receive any official information regarding scholarship winners, he was told the school received the most scholarships ever and the number was somewhere in the “high twenties”.
Karan, in a special assembly held last Friday thanked his teachers, parents, and the school for their support over the years, highlighting time management and personal sacrifice as the main reasons for his success. Karan is studying medicine at the University of the West Indies (UWI).
The teenager, who was born in India but came to live in Trinidad when he was nine months old, lives at Mt Hope. His father, Dr Anish Karan, is also a medical doctor.
Karan told the Express that he was delighted to learn of the award.
He said, “When I first heard the news, I was extremely ebullient and elated because it is the biggest award I could have gotten for my results in CAPE. I have to thank my parents, teachers, friends and God.”
Karan said, “I had a few challenges namely the large workload, the self-discipline required to make sure I didn’t get distracted by hanging out with friends, and such. The best advice I can give is to maintain self-discipline and manage time wisely because that is the key to a scholarship.”
He said he was not sure if he may want to study abroad but “at the moment I am happy to be a student of UWI”.
Karan’s main goal is to become a neurosurgeon, a speciality severely lacking in the country. —SAW