Daryl Desa, 16, of St Joseph's College,
in Beulah Hill, Upper Norwood, had been destined
for a place at university when he died on March
Now a plaque commemorating the talented
student has been unveiled in the school's new computer
A new prize board has also been
dedicated to Daryl, and an award which will commend
those who do exceptionally well in Information Communication
Technology (ICT) has been set-up in his name.
Members of the Desa family, including
dad Joseph and mum Grace, spoke of their struggle
to cope since his death.
Daryl's uncle Basil D'Cunha said:
"He was very mature for his age and he was
always determined to do well. "The last few
months have been tough and have passed by so quickly.
"During the awards, Daryl's mum made a speech
saying that we still feel Daryl is with us.
"Although he has physically
gone, we still feel he is with us spiritually."
Grace said: "It has been hard
and I am just coping. Daryl always made me feel
very proud - it's like he is still around"
The Desa family and the St Joseph's
community were left in shock when Daryl, who had
planned to become a criminal barrister, died from
The condition occurs when blood
is prevented from flowing into parts of the brain
by a clot which blocks an artery, or when a clot
bursts into the brain.
It is estimated that some 250 children
a year in the UK suffer a stroke.
Headteacher Eamon Connolly said:
"Daryl had a great personality and was extremely
popular, particulary amongst his peers.
"In year 10 he got an A* in
mathematics at GCSE level. I am sure he would have
achieved the best GSCE results the following year.
"There is no doubt Daryl would
have gone off to university - he was an extremely
"Daryl was a healthy boy one
minute. Then one morning he woke up unwell and was
rushed straight to hospital - he effectively didn't
come off the life-support machine. There was no
"We held a special assembly
over what had happened at the time. All of the boys
in his year group, particularly in Daryl's class,
were very upset."
The first winner of the Daryl Desa
Prize for ICT was a student in his year, Rocco Cammisola.
Mr Connolly added: "It was
a difficult evening for the Desa family.
"We were there to celebrate
the success of the children and yet the Desa family,
who would have been pleased about the achievements
of the other children, would have been saddened
that Daryl couldn't have been there."