Nairobi — Anthony Momanyi Nyarangi, who topped this year KCPE in Rift Valley, received the good news while in Ghana.
Momanyi, a pupil at Gilgil Hills Academy in Nakuru learnt about his performance from The Standard, which got hold of him through her headmistress Mrs Beth Kanyi.
An elated Momanyi said although he knew he would perform well, he did not know that he would be among the top in the country.
Momanyi was ranked third nationally, while Vihenda took position four among the top 10 candidates who sat the examinations.
"Am very delighted by the results which I attribute to hard work and determination," Momanyi said on phone from Accra, Ghana.
He also attributed his success to the support he got from his teachers and parents. The candidate is in Ghana together with his family to visit his father who works there.
At the school in Gilgil town, Gibson Ngumi Gachago, who was second in the province, celebrated with teachers and parents.
Gilgil Hills Academy in Nakuru had a great reason to celebrate; the school produce the top girl in the province.
For Linda Namachanja, 14, this set the culmination of her hard work throughout primary school. She scored 444, ranking top in Rift Valley Province and fourth nationally, tying with four others.
Her parents, Mr Chris and Mrs Lucy Namachanja, a banker and fiscal planner, attributed their daughter's performance to support from the family.
"Children need to know that their parents are interested in their academics, not simply paying fees and expecting them to excel," says Mr Namachanja.
She aspires to join Alliance Girls School and later pursue Medicine at university.
In Eldoret, it was all joy for this year's KCPE North Rift region star when he received news of his ranking among the top 100 candidates in the country.
Wanaswa Nabiswa, who aspires to work for the National Security Intelligence Service, said the news "was his best ever".
Wanaswa, who sat for the examination at Testimony School in Eldoret scored 435 marks and was ranked number 100 tying with 21 others.
"I knew I would perform well but I did not expect to be among the top 100," said an ecstatic Wanaswa.