16-year-old Rol J Williams, a student at Gingerland Secondary School (GSS)

Past principal: ‘He has always been well-focused and hardworking’

By Monique Washington

Motivated, focused and hardworking are a few words used by Ermileta Elliott, past principal of the Violet O. Jeffers Nicholas School (VOJN) to describe 16-year-old Rol J Williams, a student at Gingerland Secondary School (GSS) who just passed 17 Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) subjects with 17 grade 1’s (distinctions).


Williams received the highest grades on the island in the 2016 May-June CSEC examinations. Williams sat for the following exams: Biology, Caribbean History, Chemistry, Economics, Electronic Document Preparation and Management (EDPM), English A, English B, Food and Nutrition, French, Geography, Human and Social Biology, Mathematics, Office Administration, Physics, Principles of Accounts, Principles of Business and Social Studies. Williams’s goal is to become a neurosurgeon.

According Glenroy Cumberbatch, Caribbean Examinations Council Registrar, who released the exam results last Friday in Anguilla, only 64 percent of applicants who sat for the CSEC received a passing grade.

Elliott told The Observer on Wednesday she is “quite pleased with Williams’s results.”

“Rol J kept up his academics and we are proud of him. He has always been a well focused and hardworking student. When he was in first grade he told us he was going to be valedictorian. And, so said so done,” Elliott said.

Elliott describes Williams as outspoken and forthright. “Rol J loved a challenge,” she said.

During Rol J’s tenure at both the VOJN and GSS, he won a series of spelling bees and competitions: 2011, Tourism Week Quiz 2011; the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank 2015 OECS Essay Competition; Florida Caribbean Cruise Association Foundation’s 2015 Children’s Essay Contest; senior divisions 2015, Best Orator’ Commonwealth Parliamentary Association’s annual Regional Youth Parliament; second in the senior division CCA Foundation Children’s Essay Contest Caribbean; and the Tourism Youth Congress 2014.

“What Rol J has done should motivate and encourage other young boys, that if he can do it, they could do it as well,” Elliott said.

Rol J’s mother, Janice Williams also spoke with The Observer on Wednesday and said her son has always challenged himself.

“When he was younger, Rol J said he wanted to be State Scholar and I told him the ball is in your court,” she said. “I am going to support you. He challenged himself, and he did not only just make his family proud, or himself proud, but made the all of Nevis proud.”

Williams will be attending 6th form college in Nevis.