Holland High wins Cultural Challenge Quiz
Barrington Flemming, Gleaner Writer
Trelawny-based Holland High School won the General Studies Department/Ministry of Education's second Annual Cultural Challenge Quiz, held at the institution last Friday.
Holland valiantly turned back the challenge of last year's finalists, Marcus Garvey Technical High School of St Ann, with a score of 55-33. Defending champions Albert Town High School were relegated to third place.
Muschett and Aabuthnott Gallimore High schools also participated in the competition.
Quiz coordinator Dageanna Spencer Hull, in giving the rationale for the quiz, said it was necessary in order to reconnect children with their cultural heritage.
"It is a general observation that though children tend to succeed at academics, they lack cultural awareness. This observation gave birth to the Cultural Challenge Quiz.
"The aim of the quiz is to develop an awareness and appreciation of their culture to improve students' self-esteem and confidence; to develop self-worth; and to proudly embrace their identity," Hull, who was also Lasco/Ministry of Education Teacher of the Year for 2012, told Western Focus.
The questions were set by officers from the Trelawny Parish Library and the Jamaica Information Service and covered areas such as traditional dance, Jamaican cuisine, religion, history, folklore and storytelling, national heroes, and national symbols.
Members of the winning team received tablet computers courtesy of Lasco, Ricardo Stationery, Spicy Nice, Cleaning Solutions, and Armour Security, along with the championship trophy and a day pass to the Hilton Resort. The National Commercial Bank also gave a tablet computer to the winning coach.
Team members of Marcus Garvey High received day passes to Chukka Caribbean Adventures as well as medals, while Albert Town's third-place team will enjoy lunch at Club Nazz in Falmouth.