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Apr 2, 2008

Students compete in Social Studies quiz

Story PictureIt may not be as intellectually stimulating as “Jeopardy” or as dramatic as “Deal or No Deal” but the quiz competition that took place this morning at the Bliss had contestants and audience on the edge of their seats. News Five’s Janelle Chanona reports.

Ernesto Vasquez, Quiz Master
“When was the Museum of Belize inaugurated?”

Agnes Mariano, Sacred Heart School, Dangriga
“February fifth, 2002.”

Ernesto Vasquez
“That is correct.”

Janelle Chanona, Reporting
This morning twelve students from primary schools across the country took the stage of the Bliss Centre to compete in the fourth annual Social Studies Quiz.

Ernesto Vasquez
“What is recreational tourism?”

Kayla Aranda, Silk Grass Methodist School
“Travel that centres on participation in sports and activities and social contact in a relaxed environment.”

According to organizers at the Belize Tourism Board, while the quiz is competitive and educational, the event is also designed to be inspiring.

Keesha Young, Public Awareness Officer, B.T.B.
“We want to instil civic pride, have the students learn about the country as well as make them aware of the tourism industry, all its benefits, the things it has to offer to Belize. Studying for a competition in itself requires discipline so it not only helps them with the Social Studies aspect but it also helps them to discipline themselves for studying for their exams.”

Ernesto Vasquez
“What does the abbreviation B.T.B. stand for?”

Ian Correa, St. Francis Xavier
“Belize Tourism Board.”

Participants breezed through the general questions with eleven emerging from the first round with perfect scores. But the questions not given out in advance proved more challenging.

Keesha Young
“Putting together the general questions is not difficult. It’s the reserve questions that has been a task for me especially, looking at everything that’s happening in the country during the year, trying to find relevant information for the kids to learn.”

Gwen Nunez Gonzalez, Quiz Master
“Who is considered the father of our nation? Who is considered the father of our nation?”

Romani Sanchez, Paraiso Gov’t. School
“The Prime Minister.”

Gwen Nunez Gonzalez
“Try again.”

Romani Sanchez
“The pope? God?”

Gwen Nunez Gonzalez
“Try again?”

Romani Sanchez
“The Governor General? The Queen?” Can you please repeat the question?”

Gwen Nunez Gonzalez
“Who is considered the father of the nation?”

“George Cadle Price.”

Romani Sanchez was eliminated in the reserve round but the Paraiso Government School student wasn’t defeated.

Romani Sanchez
“Many times I have opportunities but I don’t feel up to it to get it so I said this time let me go and reach for my goal and I did it.”

Janelle Chanona
“And you definitely know who the Father of the Nation is now.”

Romani Sanchez
“Yes now, yes.”

Janelle Chanona
“Where do you go from here Romani, you think you will stick with competing?”

Romani Sanchez
“Yes I will. I will compete and if they have possibly another competition this year, I’ll get in and probably you might see me again.”

Janelle Chanona
“Ian I know you’re a little bit sad with the way things turned out but are you glad you competed?”

Ian Correra, St. Francis Xavier Primary
“I am glad that I competed because I went this far and I learnt so many things.”

Janelle Chanona
“What was the most interesting thing you learnt?”

Ian Correra
“About how formal education was established in Belize, when education was established in Belize.”

Only three students made it to the final round. In the end, Khaila Gentle of Queen Square Anglican had to settle for third and Mount Carmel’s Omar Hernandez took second. But the Social Studies queen was Belmopan’s United Evergreen’s Alexis Sanchez.

Gwen Nunez Gonzalez
“The House of Culture in Belize was formerly known as?”

Alexis Sanchez, Winner, Social Studies Quiz
“The Government House.”

Gwen Nunez Gonzalez

Alexis Sanchez
It wasn’t a wild guess cause I had studied but it was kind of a shocker.

Janelle Chanona
“Alexis what would you say to other kids knowing that a lot of children get stage fright and are intimidated by being in front of so many people and possibly making a mistake?”

Alexis Sanchez
“I’d have to say that like the announcer had said, it’s full of surprises and you just have to have the guts to do it. It doesn’t take a lot, you just have to try your best and have fun with it.”

Sanchez took home cash and a computer for her efforts while second and third place winners’ prize packages included field trips and electronic equipment. All participants received certificates and school supplies. Reporting for News Five, I am Janelle Chanona.

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