All high schools in the Abaco district were invited to participate in the Department of Education’s Annual Junior High School Math and Science Competition, which was held on March 2 at the Marsh Harbor Church of Christ’s Lilla Strachan Memorial Center.
Participating schools included Agape Christian School, S.C. Bootle High School, Abaco Central High School (ACH), Forest Heights Academy (FHA), and St. Francis de Sales Catholic School.
Each team was comprised of three members that were representative of grades 7-9.
The competition began with two levels of math questions, followed by science questions in the remaining two rounds. In Level One, the students had 10 seconds to respond whereas the response time was extended to 30 seconds in the second level of questions.
The participants were neck and neck throughout the competition, but as the competition wound down, the top three contenders edged away from the other schools. At the end of the math round, Agape and St. Francis were tied with 80 points each, S.C. Bootle with 70 points, ACH with 50 points and FHA with 40 points.
On to the science round, all of the schools fared better scoring 30 points all around in Level One. However, in Level Two of the science questions, a tie breaker was given to students from St. Francis and Agape. The students correctly answered each math question first before moving on to science. By the sixth round, Agape lost its standing giving St. Francis the upper hand.
Final results placed St. Francis de Sales School in first place with 150 points; second place for Agape Christian School with 150 points; and 140 points for S.C. Bootle School, giving them a third-place finish.
District Education Officer Huel Moss thanked Judges Marques Williams and George Riviere, Jack Hardy – the announcer and a judge, scorers (Eunice Mills, Sandy Edwards and Myrtis Russell), and school coaches for their support of the competition before presenting the students with their trophies and certificates of participation.