Wallens tops basic school quiz competition
BOG WALK, St Catherine:
AFTER AN intense battle, Wallens Basic School, located in Wallens district, St Catherine, emerged the winner of True United Sisters (TUS) 2015 Basic Schools Quiz.
It was the third staging of the competition, which was the organisation's activity to celebrate Child Month.
An excellent performance by Joshua Facey in the buzzer section gave Wallens a come-from-behind victory over Kidds Basic, located in Deeside, Linstead, in the finals held at the Bethel Baptist Church on Church Road, Bog Walk, on May 28, earning them the True United Sisters Championship Trophy sponsored by Kingston Bookshop.
In addition to copping the Jamaica Public Service Company trophy for second place, Kidds Basic received the St Catherine Co-operative Credit Union trophy for scoring 24 points, the most in a single match. The school's five year-old star performer, Kacey Grant, who displayed exceptional skills in spelling, was named the Most Outstanding Player in the competition. He got a dictionary courtesy of Minnett Anderson-Myers, community development officer, Linstead, at the Social Development Commission, and later, a trophy sponsored by Yvonne Gordon, a Jamaican living in New York, United States of America, for his remarkable feat.
The winning coach, Dolsaida Campbell, received the St Catherine Parish Council trophy, while Merva Buchanan, the coach of Kidds, got the Bank of Nova Scotia trophy.
Medals for the students
Members of the winning team were outfitted with gold medals sponsored by Berry-Don Financial Services Limited. The second-place team members got silver medals sponsored by Barrington Mighton. All finalists walked away with children's bibles donated by the Church of the First Born Gospel Hall in Linstead.
Other winners were Harker's Hall Basic School, adjudged the Most Disciplined team, copping the Victoria Mutual Building Society Trophy, and Knollis Basic got the Clean Heart Auto Repairs Trophy donated by Envoy Johnson, a Jamaican living in Florida, for displaying the True Spirit of True United Sisters Quiz 2015.
All 46 team members received certificates of participation, sponsored Robert Pickersgill, member of parliament, North West St Catherine, and books donated by the Church of The First Born Gospel Hall.
Future Generations, Little People in Training, the Salvation Army, and West Prospect completed the list of the eight competing schools that received certificates of participation courtesy of Peter Abrahams, councillor, Bog Walk division.
The coaches' hard work in preparing the teams did not go unnoticed as they got certificates of excellence sponsored by the National Commercial Bank - Linstead Branch, as well as books courtesy of the Church of The First Born Gospel Hall.
The most valuable players in the quarter-finals, semi-finals, and finals received textbooks also donated by Anderson-Myers.
Karen Sudu, community and women's advocate, who established TUS - which aims to empower unemployed and unskilled single mothers and assist their children to pursue their education - in July 2015, had high praises for the sponsors of the month-long competition.