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In an exciting nail biting finish, Sydney Pagon Agricultural High School defeated defending champion, Knockalva Agricultural High, and newcomer, Ebony Park HEART Academy, to win the second Pesticides Awareness Week Agricultural Schools Quiz Competition.
The contest, sponsored by the Pesticides Control Authority (PCA), was held on Thursday (September 24) at Sydney Pagon Agriculture High, Elim, St. Elizabeth. The host school scored 46 points to Clarendon’s Ebony Park HEART Academy’s 44 points and the Hanover-based Knockalva Agricultural High’s 43 points.
The competition was divided into three sections, consisting of questions on general agriculture and pesticides and their use, and formed part of the PCA’s observation of Pesticides Awareness Week, September 21-25, under the theme “Improving Pesticides Management through Public Education and Participation”.
Pesticides Awareness Week is observed throughout the Caribbean every year, towards the end of September.
Registrar of the PCA, Michael Ramsay, said that the objective of observing Pesticides Awareness Week is to recognise that pesticides are a part of every day life, but that they have to be used safely.
“Pesticides have to be used safely because they are toxic substances, and they can damage human life and they can damage the environment. Not only do people have to know, but they have to put it into practice,” he said.
The quiz competition is “the big attraction” during Pesticides Awareness Week, and the aim is to help students understand what pesticides safety is all about, he said.
Lebert Taylor, one of the coaches for the Sydney Pagon team, said that he was elated with the win and thanked the PCA for making the competition possible. The school’s other coach was Andre Gordon.
Captain of the winning team, Patrick Myrie, said they were overwhelmed with the win and that, having placed second in last year’s competition, they put out a special effort to make number one this year.
He said that the preparations were challenging, as they received the materials late, requiring extra effort to come out on top. He added that, although he will be absent from the team next year, he will assist in their preparations.
Each member of the second and third placed teams received medals for their efforts, while members of the winning team and their coaches received trophies. The Sydney Pagon team comprised: Myrie, Chevanese Spencer; Mickel Allen and Trudy Ann Franklyn.

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