The Dept. of Education’s Junior Math and Science Competition welcomed candidates from Forest Heights Academy; St. Francis de Sales; Agape Christian University; Abaco Central High School; and S.C. Bootle High School to St. Andrews Methodist Hall on March 15.
The seventh to ninth grade students breezed through the first round of mathematics quickly before advancing to Level 2 where they were given 30 seconds to answer the questions posed to them. Retired educator Jack Hardy read each question aloud, while Senior Educator Leslie Rolle served as the time keeper.
Following the math round, the science round began roughly an hour later. The students were required to answer three rounds of questions in 10 seconds in the first level then they were given 30 seconds to answer the questions in Level 2. Five rounds of questions were given in Level 2.
At the end, the judges tallied the scores, and it was determined that Agape and ACH were tied in third place, so a tie breaker had to take place. However, there was a clear cut winner for first and second place. In the end, St. Francis placed first with 140 points; S.C. Bootle came second with 130 points; and Agape secured third with 120 points.
The Forest Heights team was comprised of: Rebekah Higgs, Abigail Phillpot and Albury Higgs; From St. Francis: Marvin Cash, Shawntalay McDonald and Renisha Newbold along with Jessica Knowles and Janelle Rolle as substitutes; Agape students were: Zoya Thompson, Johanan Cartwright and Benjamin Higgs as well as Cierra Carroll and Raymond Bain as substitutes; ACH students were: Sidney Decius, Kadesha Canton, and Kiara Tilus with Destiny Seymour and Zarya Rolle as substitutes; and representing S.C. Bootle were: Lazaria McIntosh, Romea Rolle and Vanessa Jean; Jean Roddler Louis was the substitute.
After receiving their awards, Romea Rolle from the S.C. Bootle team said that the competition was nerve-wrecking, but that they had studied hard to make sure they were ready. Vanessa Jean thanked their coaches for encouraging them and for choosing them to represent their school. Additionally, Rudolph Kawalram, S.C. Bootle mathematics teacher, said that Lazaria McIntosh, who is only in Grade 8 will be competing again next year.
All participants received certificates, and the winners also received trophies. Senior Education Officer Leslie Rolle commented that the competition marks their fifth year, and that it was one of the most competitive ones he has ever seen.