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(PRESS RELEASE) – The new human resource development centre in Gros Islet was a perfect location for the 2020 Grow Well Primary School’s Quiz on March 13, 2020. The change of location added to the event, which featured an exciting finish among the Grade four students from the four primary schools in the island’s north.
The event was won by Dame Pearlette Louisy Primary School represented by Ethne Browne and Desiree Francois, Montesorri Centre’s Ryliegh Gomez and Olivia Harding secured 2nd place. The Monchy Primary with Zohan Aurelien and Kyle Charles came in 3rd place and the Gros Islet Primary’s team of Sashamani Mathurine and Jem Michaud finished 4th. The Grand Riviere Primary and Bonne Terre Prep did not participate in this year’s contest.
The quiz, which aims to encourage a diverse education experience in primary schools in Gros Islet, ended in a historic double tie. The Montessori Centre fell short on its push for a third consecutive championship trophy. Dame Pearlette was ecstatic to break the tie of 170 points each and win over the Montessori Centre in overtime. Monchy Primary eventually won the other tie of 60 points each with Gros Islet Primary.
Keynote speaker was District One Education Officer Cyrus Cypal, who used the opportunity to commend all participating schools and students. He also commended Grow Well’s hard work and motivation in staging the event each year and pledged continued support from the Ministry of Education.
It was heartwarming to see the edge-of-the-seat enthusiasm of the young audience, supported by teachers and some parents. The cheerful decorations set up by volunteers were outstanding and added to the festive atmosphere.
Each contestant walked away with a trophy and a copy of Derek Walcott’s book Moon Child and each school received a creole dictionary. Coming through with great prizes were committed sponsors Digicel, The Landings, Splash Island Water Park, Rainforest Sky Rides, and the Rotary Club of Gros Islet.
The event has remained an anticipated part of the primary school year thanks to the efforts of coordinator Paul Lorde, who served as MC of the event. He was supported by judges Alisha Pretto and Theodora Morille-Hinds, quizmaster David Moise, scorers Nyhime Etienne and Francisca Xavier-James and Grow Well’s volunteer team.