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Young Math Enthusiasts meet Governor General

Published:Sunday | June 17, 2018 | 12:00 AM
From left: Marva McKnight, teacher, Maggotty High School; Kevin Seaton, teacher, Aberdeen High School; Nathaniel Morrison, student, Black River High School; Willando Blair, student, Aberdeen High School; Alexi Campbell, student, Maggotty High School; Sir. Patrick Allen, governor general; Donnique Mullings, administrative assistant, M&M Jamaica Ltd.; Richard Mullings, director, M&M Jamaica Ltd. and Cecil Ramsamugh, teacher, Black River High School

Members of the M & M Jamaica Limited team and a few of the 14th M & M Mathematics Competition student participants and their teachers took a trip to Kingston to pay a courtesy call on the governor general, Sir Patrick Allen.

Sir Patrick commended the M & M team for the work it is doing to support community development through education, specifically, by intensifying support for mathematics in secondary schools.

He also encouraged the company to continue its efforts and even consider extending its competition to the wider Jamaica. Currently, the numbers competition is based in St Elizabeth and sees nine schools from that parish participating for the chance to win the title.

Explaining that some students often miss the value of learning mathematics at a young age, the governor general expressed delight to see that so many youth from St Bess were expressing love for the subject.

One such student was Willando Blair, who says that in addition to his love for the subject, he was motivated to enter the competition with the goal of placing in the top three, and he achieved this, coming third in the eighth grade category. The GG commended him and implored him to keep setting and reaching for his goals.

Also present were seventh grade student Nathaniel Morrison and his coordinator, Cecil Ramsamugh of Black River High School eighth grade Coordinator Kevin Seaton of Aberdeen High School; tenth grade student Alexi Campbell and her coordinator, Marva McKnight from Maggotty High School; and Donnique Mullings, administrative assistant at M & M Jamaica Limited.