The Winner of the First Annual St. George’s University Knowledge Bowl

The all-girls ensemble from St. Joseph’s Convent (SJC) in St. George’s emerged as the Champion of the first annual SGU Knowledge Bowl. They walked away with the Challenge Trophy after defeating Hillsborough Secondary School from the Sister Isle, Carriacou.

The final match was held on SGU’s True Blue Campus on March 18 – and what a match it was! The audience was perched on the edges of their seats, as questions and answers were thrown back and forth. The final score: 45-28.

The response was phenomenal, with an in-studio audience of more than 600 at the Bell and Bourne Lecture Halls and many more watching the live television broadcast and listening to live broadcasts on two radio stations in the North of Grenada and on the Sister Isle of Carriacou.

The Quiz Competition, designed to stimulate and provide an avenue for healthy academic exchange, was organized and sponsored by SGU and Grenada Cablevision Community Channel 6, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education. The competition was launched on January 12th and the matches aired on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8PM on Community Channel 6.

Fourth and fifth term students from 18 of Grenada’s 22 secondary schools faced off in this exciting contest to test their knowledge, prepare for regional exams, win prizes, and have fun.

The material for the quiz questions came from the Caribbean Secondary Examinations Council (CSEC) syllabi in the areas of science, information technology, the arts, and humanities. Students also had to have general knowledge of geography, Spanish, food and nutrition, culture, sport, and current affairs. All fourth and fifth term students have to take an external exam as set forth by the CSEC at the end of the year. The quiz competition directly reflected what the students need to study and know for the exam so its purpose was two-fold. It helped not only the participants study for the exam, but also the students watching the competition.

The five winning SJC team members were awarded individual laptop computers and $500(US) starter bank accounts, while their school received $10,000(US). The second place Hillsborough team also got bank accounts, while their school was presented with $5,000 (US).

Each team consisted of five players, two back-ups, and a coach (teacher). The moderator for the competition was Tyrone Buckmire, project manager of Grenada Ecotourism Enterprises. Mr. Buckmire, who has been involved in social work since 1988 works with NGOs in the areas of education, youth development, child rights, and environmental conservation. He has represented Grenada and the Caribbean at various international meetings, conferences, and internships.

The SGU Knowledge Bowl initiative was spearheaded by Colin Dowe, Assistant Dean of Enrolment Planning, Caribbean Admissions at SGU. “This was a very exciting quiz competition,” Mr. Dowe said. “We are overwhelmed by the success of the Quiz and the accolades.”

With Season 1 wrapped up, corporate sponsors and supporters are already signing up for Season 2 next year. Having been infected by a Quiz bug, SGU has committed to a minimum of five more years. Stay tuned…

Published on 03/23/2006