Bridgetown, Barbados, Tuesday, February 16, 2010 – The Embassy of the United States of America and the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) have joined forces to reward students with the most outstanding CXC results in the seven Eastern Caribbean island nations to which the Embassy is accredited. An award of $500 USD, a plaque and a certificate will be presented to Zoe Gonsalves who gained 13 passes at Grade One, general proficiency in the 2009 CXC examinations. Mrs. Nazima Razick, a Consular Officer at the U.S. Embassy-Bridgetown will present these awards on behalf of the Embassy. The ceremony will take place on Friday, February 19 at 8:30 in the morning at St. Theresa’s Convent School. Background: Previously the Embassy and the Caribbean Examinations Council discussed how best they could encourage and honor excellence in education. The Embassy and CXC eventually came up with the U.S. Embassy CXC National Awards for Outstanding Performance. Top students in 2009 Brittany Evason of Barbados, Gregory Tuayev-Deane of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Lena Taupier of St. Lucia have already received their prizes. Prizes will shortly be awarded to Ariel Maynard of Antigua, Sidney J.M. Jules of Dominica, and Arlene Hayes of Grenada. The student’s secondary schools will receive a set of 49 American literature books.