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Westwood High cops Culture Quiz trophy

Published:Wednesday | June 24, 2015 | 12:00 AM
The victorious Westwood High School team (from left) Shedella Frater, Markelia Rumble, Abajae Nevers and Khadijah Willis, along with their coach, Romain Simmonds, display their trophies and gifts at the presentation ceremony following their victory in their 2015 Culture Quiz, held last Friday at Holland High School.


WESTWOOD HIGH School emerged winners of the Trelawny Culture Quiz competition when they turned back the challenge of defending champion Holland High School in an epic showdown last Friday.

In the final, the resolute Westwood aggregation, which led from the start to finish, took round one 8-3, round two 23-10 and the final 25-13. Albert Town High Schoool took the third place for the second year running. Albert Town was the inaugural champion in 2013.

Romain Simmonds, the teacher/coach of the Westwood High team, was full of praise for his charges, noting that the hard work which went into their preparation turned out to be the key to success.

"The girls did a lot of research and studied hard... the time we spent preparing have resulted in this resounding victory. We are proud of them. We hope that the knowledge gained will continue to be of benefit to them," said Simmonds.

Dageanna Spencer-Hull, who coordinated the culture quiz, explained that the contest, which is in its third year, was designed to, among other things, develop students' awareness of their culture.

"This culture quiz is intended to instil positive values so that students develop a sense of self-worth and proudly embrace their identity, develop in students a sense of pride for their culture, which will propel them to celebrate it continuously; and to motivate them to be aware of their cultural heritage and show appreciation and regard for their culture, " said Spencer-Hull, who was the Ministry of Education's Teacher of the Year for 2012.


The quiz centred on all the nation's parishes, with emphasis on their history, historical sites, famous people, natural attractions, major towns population and geography. The event was held at Holland High School.

Westwood's winning team, along with the coach, walked away with tablet computers, courtesy of Lasco Manufacturing Limited, and a day pass to the world-renown Dunn's River Falls.

Runner-up team Holland High received medals and lunch passes to Fisherman's Inn Resort, while Albert Town High received medals and lunch passes at Club Nazz Restaurant.

At the end of the quiz, which featured Albert Town High, Cedric Titus High, Holland High, Muschette High, Steer Town Academy and Westwood High School, Spencer-Hull said she was quite impressed by the way the teams performed.