When Amara Adams of the Cane End Government School walked into the Peace Memorial Hall last Friday, she had no doubt that she would win the Math Quiz finals.
So when the fifth grader was announced winnner of the competition, she could not help but jump for joy and smile from ear to ear.
The Math Quiz, which was a joint effort between the Ministry of Education and Hodder Education, saw nine students from primary schools across the country competing in three rounds for a chance to win a variety of prizes.
But before Adams could take home a trophy for her school, a netbook and a year’s subscription to the Rising Stars Assessment bank, she had to break a three-way tie between Millah Cunningham of the Calliaqua Anglican School and Daroy McDowall of the Diamond Government School.
“I’m so happy I won this,” Adams said. “I practised so much because I kept saying to myself, it’s not if I win, it’s when I win.”
Amara described Math as her “most loved subject after Science” and said that she was honoured to win the competition for her school.
Sherika Peters, Amara’s class teacher described her as an intelligent girl who is usually the first person to answer a question in class.
And she said that she was not surprised that Amara came out on top in the quiz.
“I think this is a very good competition for students,” Peters said. “Most children these days don’t like Maths so we have to find creative ways of getting them to like Maths and I see this competition as one of those ways.”
Millah Cunningham of the Calliaqua Anglican School placed second in the quiz, earning herself a tablet and a one year subscription to the Rising Stars Assessment bank, a database that teachers can access for class assessment activities.
Daroy McDowall of the Diamond Government School walked away in the third position, earning himself a smartphone and a one year subscription to the Rising Stars Assessment bank.
Other participants were Ciara George of the CW Prescod Primary School, Jay Morris of the Spring Village Methodist School, Clarence Cain of the Barouallie Anglican School, Nickyla Tannis of the Fancy Government School, Zohanna Ollivierre of the Paget Farm Government School and Devonte Joseph of the Canaoun Government School.