Within a week of the Junior Math and Science Competition being held, it was soon time for the senior high school students to showcase their academic skills for their competition on March 21.
Senior Education Officer Leslie Rolle gave welcoming remarks, and introduced a science and math consultant who would assist with the verification of answers.
He then called on Dr. Lenora Black, district superintendent of the Dept. of Education, to address the audience. Recalling the previous competition, Dr. Black said that the junior students were impressive, and she was excited that they would all soar to heights unknown this year.
“I am looking forward to results never experienced before,” she expressed.
She also commended the teachers for adequately examining and teaching the curriculum to the students. Beyond preparing them for upcoming national exit exams, Dr. Black said that the teachers were educating the students as the future of our nation and of the world by preparing them for life.
Turning their attention to the competition, the candidates began with Level 1 questions where they were given 10 seconds to submit their answers. In Level 2, the students were given 30 seconds to answer five rounds of questions. However, the excitement was reserved for the speed round.
According to Rolle, the speed round is a great determining factor for who will win the competition. Many of the schools aced that particular round by being the first to switch on the colorful light bulbs next to them, and submit correct answers for the Level 2 questions.
By the end of the competition, there were three obvious first, second and third place winners.
S.C. Bootle High School placed first with Rosemika Charles; Ashley Murray; Andquone Burrows, Savannah Cooper and Toni Knowles. Abaco Central High School placed second with Payton Stubbs; Olyjumi Scott; Jessica Pierre; Conrad Cornish and Kirkland McIntosh. Agape Christian School took third with Jaron Cornish; Michael Abury; Christopher Sawyer; Barry Bostwick; and Lotadus Edgecombe.
Also participating were St. Francis de Sales School students: Monet Brown; Abidemi Simon; Jake Consulta; Antonia Nottage; and Rahede Smith; and Forest Heights Academy students: James Boyce, Tristan Albury and Jesse Sims.