Jeanette Smith-Barry, superintendent for the St. Thomas-St. John District, has announced the winners of the 2010 Junior High Foreign Language Quiz Bowl held on March 10.
1st Place – Calvary Christian Academy: Team members: Jalezcia Smith, Aaron Shelford, Genisa Callwod and Johnathan Henry, Alternates: Shanell Harney and Juliza Chinnery; Coach: Ermine Olive
2nd Place – Wesleyan Academy:Team members: Soraya Benjamin, Stuart Liburd, Kyrelle Thomas and Kierra Prophet; Alternate: Michael Emmanuel; Coach: Gailyn Hendrickson
3rd Place – Addelita Cancryn Jr. High School: Team members: Jahmesha Smith, Nathaniel Serrant, Kalisha Daniel and Janae, van Beverhoudt; Alternate Junisha Lawrence; Coach: Damiana Gonzalez
4th Place – Gifft Hill School: Team members: Jah’Sheada Griffith, Chloe Jarvis and Makeda Dawson; Alternate: Viniqua David; Coach Jill Darnley
Foreign Language Coordinator for the St. Thomas-St. John District Myrna van Beverhoudt said that students answered general knowledge questions; grammar questions, as well as math questions, vocabulary, translations and general Spanish knowledge questions. The purpose of the Foreign Language Quiz Bowl is to increase enthusiasm for and promote proficiency in the speaking of foreign languages throughout the district, according to van Beverhoudt.
The competition consisted of three games of 10 minutes each. The first game held between the Wesleyan Academy and the Gifft Hill School ended with the final score Wesleyan at 14 points and 2 points for Gifft Hill. The second game, between Addelita Cancryn and the Calvary Christian Academy, ended with the score of 20 to 3 in favor of Calvary. Wesleyan Academy and Calvary Christian Academy faced off in the decisive championship game with Calvary reigning victorious with 18 points and Wesleyan with 2 points.
“Congratulations to all of the student participants and their coaches. Special thanks are extended to our outstanding judges and officials and to the administration of the Addelita Cancryn Junior High School, in that of Mrs. Yvonne Pilgrim, principal, for the use of the facilities and their hospitality. Special thanks also to our foreign language teachers at Cancryn in particular, Mrs. Gladys Collins, department chairperson, and to Ms. Marybeth Aguilar, librarian, for all of their hard work in organizing the logistics at the school,” the foreign language coordinator said.