Amazing Orville – “Brittle bones” can’t stop high achiever – Jamaica Observer

Top performer in the 2019 Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examination at Jonathan Grant High School, Orville McKellop says the challenge of outperforming his class was not an easy one.

Orville, who is 18 years old, has been struggling with a genetic disorder known as osteogenesis imperfecta, also called “Brittle Bone Disease”.

He says the disease, along with other difficulties, were challenges he was elated to have overcome to be successful in his studies.

“It’s a huge honour to be the top student here,” said Orville, who is from Waterloo in Spanish Town, St Catherine.

He attained passes in 10 subjects in CSEC, gaining grade one in English language, information technology, principles of business and principles of accounts, and grade two in mathematics, geography, social studies, human and social biology, office administration and visual arts.

Orville is now in lower sixth form at Jonathan Grant, pursuing accounting, economics, entrepreneurship, art and design and communication studies at the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) level.

With his school on the shift system, Orville says he took advantage of this by going to school early to study.

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