The St. James-based Chetwood Memorial Primary School has emerged victorious in the Montego Co-operative Credit Union (MCCU) Schools’ Academic Championship Quiz, retaining the trophy, which the institution first won in 2012.
Chetwood edged another St. James team, Green Pond Primary School, in the closely contested finals held on Wednesday, June 26, at the Montego Bay Civic Centre. Bethel Primary and Junior High School in Hanover was third.
More than 16 primary and junior high, all age and preparatory schools from the western region participated in the annual competition, which tests the students’ knowledge and skills in various subject areas. The objectives are to sharpen the students’ academic and intellectual responses, build camaraderie, and promote good conduct and a spirit of fair play.
The top schools and their coaches walked away with MCCU Championship Trophies, MCCU Medallions, savings certificates, watches, cellular phones, computers and printers, gift packages, meal vouchers, televisions, and complimentary stay at various resorts.
An elated team captain, Mark Brown, credited the school’s victory to hard work and dedication to their studies.
Teacher at the school, Yvonne Froyze, expressed the hope that the school’s second hold on the trophy will motivate the student population to always strive for the best and will also serve to increase literacy levels.
Co-ordinator of the competition, Lorna Clarke, told JIS News that a key objective of the quiz, now in its 21st year, is to encourage saving at a young age, as the students are given incentives to open bank accounts.
She commended the various sponsors of the competition for contributing to the academic growth of the country’s students.
“Each year, we go back to the same business community, and they are always willing and ready to assist us. We couldn’t have done this without them,” Ms. Clarke said.
President of the Senate, Hon. Floyd Morris, who delivered the main address, encouraged the students to take their education seriously.
“Education is the critical means for social transformation, and empowerment in any society. It is that ingredient that empowers any individual, and makes them able to deal with the various offerings of the society,” he stated.
Contact: Garfield L. Angus