The Department of Education held its Annual Senior Math and Science Competition at the Marsh Harbour Church of Christ’s Lilla Strachan Memorial Center on March 11.
Participating schools were Abaco Central High School (ACH), Agape Christian School, St. Francis de Sales, Forest Heights Academy and S.C. Bootle High School. The first round of the competition contained five sets of math questions for each school that had to be answered in 10 seconds, followed by a second round of eight math questions that were given a 30-second response time.
Retired Educator Jack Hardy read the questions aloud, while District Education Officer (DEO) Huel Moss was the time keeper. They were assisted by three score keepers [Eunice Mills, Sandy Edwards and Myrtis Russell of the Dept. of Education] and Malcolm Spicer and Cassandra Abraham as judges. The questions ranged from quadratic equations to simplifying equations and factorizing.
On to the science round, five rounds of questions were given to the students relating to enzymes, organisms and mineral needed for the prevention of various health conditions. Cumulative scores were given before the participants entered the final round with eight questions each. The questions increased in difficulty requiring them to give more detailed answers.
In the end, S.C. Bootle emerged with 210 points to place first; St. Francis placed second with 190 points; and Agape settled into third place with 180 points.