A 19-year-old former SAHETI School pupil, Antonio Aristides feared for the worst when his health took a turn for the worse.
He was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system while writing prelims.
He had to undergo chemotherapy, which continued throughout his finals.
But Aristides’ health proved no deterrent as he has been named a commendable achiever by the Independent.
Examinations Board (IEB) after bagging eight distinctions.
He is ranked within the top 5% of IEB candidates nationally in more than five subjects and has also been ranked within the top 1% for English, nationally.