St. George’s University’s Knowledge Bowl Finals

The girls of St. Joseph’s Convent (SJC) secondary school emerged victorious at St. George’s University Knowledge Bowl Championship finals held at St. George’s University’s Charter Hall on March 28th. This is the second win for the SJC since the inception of this high profile academic quiz competition four years ago.  The Convent girls battled worthy opponent, Beacon High School, in the final match of the 2008-2009 season, accumulating a total of forty-three points to Beacon’s thirty-six.  Minister of Education Senator Franka Bernadine presented the challenge trophy to the winning team in the presence of over 600 supporters and students.

The eight-week competition began with eighteen secondary schools from Grenada. The final six fought their way to the quarter finals, including the 2007-2008 champion Anglican High School (AHS); the 2006-2007 champion, the Grenada Boys Secondary School (GBSS); MacDonald College and the St. Andrew’s Anglican Secondary School (SASS). The SJC champions and Beacon High School won the right to compete for the title when they defeated the Grenada Boys Secondary School (GBSS) and MacDonald College, respectively, in the SGU/Flow–CC6 inter-secondary school quiz competition.

At the end of round one, SJC led by seven points after successfully attempting the five-point bonus question that completed the Science and Technology round.  However, during the second round Beacon closed in by one point.  The third and final General Knowledge round was decisive and the Convent girls refused defeat.  The SJC team was coached by Melissa Garraway and Rosana John, a member of the Convent’s inaugural champion team. Team members were Janelle Gravesande, Arlene Hayes, Reisa Belfon, Deidre Greenidge, and Kevliann Andrews. The Beacon team was coached by Kaiem Joseph and Naudia Worme.  Team members were Avery Brown, Brittney Baptiste, Michael Edwards, Chad Pascal, and Kishonna Phillip.

The SGU Knowledge Bowl is a collaborative event between St. George’s University and several corporate sponsors including The Grenada Cooperative Bank Ltd., and Flow Grenada, the Island’s cable service provider, each having generously contributed the prizes for winners and participants.  The Grenada Postal Corporation once again supplied meals and snacks throughout the competition, while Glenelg Spring Water also came on board, for the fourth year, as the official drink of the competition.  The Grenada Electricity Services Ltd (GRENLEC) and Kool Systems Ltd. also joined the corporate sponsors of the competition. The generosity of all sponsors demonstrates their commitment to community development and helped ensure another successful season of the SGU Knowledge Bowl.

The SJC team members each took home Certificates of Excellence, a choice of individual $500 Honey Bee or Super Starter accounts from the Grenada Cooperative Bank; individual laptop computers from the University and Flow; three months free internet service from Flow; a grand prize of $10,000 for the school from St. George’s University; and the Challenge Trophy. The team’s two coaches were each presented with a voucher for a trip to New York by Flow.

The Beacon team members were each awarded Certificates of Merit; a choice of individual $500 Honey Bee or Super Starter accounts from the Grenada Cooperative Bank Ltd.; and $5000 for the school from SGU.  Their coaches won a two-night stay for two at La Sagesse Nature Centre and Petite Anse Resort from SGU, CC6, Petite Anse, and La Sagesse Nature Centre.

The semi-finalists, GBSS, and MacDonald College were presented with Certificates of Achievement; a choice of $250 dollar individual Honey Bee or Super Starter accounts from the Grenada Cooperative Bank Ltd.; and a computer system for each school, compliments Kool Systems Ltd. Members of all other teams received Certificates of Participation.

St. George’s University, Flow Grenada, and all the sponsors congratulate the SGU Knowledge Bowl participants on embodying the true spirit of this competition, and representing their schools with pride, determination, and grace.  Event organizers, the Ministry of Education, school principals, coaches, sponsors, competition coordinator Mrs. Carol Antoine, and the competition staff all worked together to produce an important event that encourages and facilitates a healthy academic exchange between Grenada’s secondary schools.

The match and prize-giving ceremony were broadcast LIVE on Flow’s Community Channel 6 (CC6). The entire season of the SGU Knowledge Bowl will be rebroadcast every Tuesday and Thursday on Community Channel 6 at 8:00 pm.

The 2008-2009 SGU Knowledge Bowl finals were the culmination of a Career Day jointly hosted by St. George’s University and the Rotary Club of Grenada