Namulindwa, 17, scored aggregate 9 in last yearâ€™s Oâ€™level exams.
â€œAlthough I was performing well, I did not expect to get such good grades,â€ she said.
â€œThe exams were conducted during the month of the Rosary. I used to pray to Mother Mary for help and I would say a novena (series of prayers) to St. Jude.â€
Namulindwa is the daughter of Proscovia Nkakawombe, a teacher in Kireka, a city surburb.
She is undecided over whether she should persue civil engineering or accounting at university.
Namulindwaâ€™s grandmother, Margaret Namusoke, was overjoyed. â€œWe shouted and everyone in the neighbourhood was wondering what had happened,â€ she said.
Rosary did the trick, says Namulindwa