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Students Shine in Competition

Published:Friday | June 26, 2015 | 6:00 AM
Ramona Woodburn (left), of Bickersteth Primary and Infant School in St James, hoists the First Global Bank Master Minds Quiz Competition trophy while her teammates accept a cheque for $500,000 from Courtney Campbell (right), CEO at First Global Bank, after they won the finals held in Kingston on May 28. Other students (from second left) are Cahjay Hamilton, Landra Reid and Trudyann Brissett. Teachers (from left) are Vertibelle Clarke, principal Vivian Douglas and Kataniya Parkinson-Edwards.

Three girls and a boy, who comprised a quiz team from the Bickersteth Primary and Infant School in St James, recently brought home victory for their school.

The team participated in the First Global Bank Master Minds Quiz Competition finals held at the CPTC studio in Kingston. The competition formed part of the Music - Perfect Pitch for a Sound Education programme.

Bickersteth went up against Southborough Primary School from Portmore, St Catherine, and won the top prize of $500,000 cash, with 42 points.

Second-place Southborough, who scored 28 points, received a cash prize of $250,000.

Mandeville Primary and Junior High received $150,000 as second runner-up, while the members of St Andrew-based Pembroke Hall Primary team were given medals and gift baskets, placing fourth in the contest.

Jointly undertaken by First Global Bank (FGB) and the Ministry of Education (MOE), the quiz competition is held annually over three days.

Chief executive officer at FGB, Courtney Campbell, said FGB and the MOE were happy to continue the partnership with the Music - Perfect Pitch for a Sound Education programme.

"We celebrate with all the schools participating in the programme, as well as in the quiz competition. We extend congratulations to the first-place winner, Bickersteth Primary, and the others," added Campbell.

Bickersteth Primary's principal, Vivian Douglas, said he had confidence in his students, based on the level of training administered by teachers - Kataniya Parkinson-Edwards, Vertibelle Clarke and Nyon Granville.

Ambassador for the music literacy programme, singer Alaine Laughton, who was also one of the quizmasters, said the competition had been exciting and fulfilling.

"The level of knowledge demonstrated by the children augurs well for the future, which will benefit our country," Laughton said.