January 3, 2011 marked the beginning of the 42nd School Challenge Quiz competition. Jamaica College (JC) along with the other sixty three teams will be fighting hard for the top spot, to be crowned 2011 champions. In the battle of knowledge, students will meet hard competition and make personal sacrifice; nevertheless the glory of winning the competition is one all schools crave.
School's Challenge Quiz is an academic quizzing competition hosted annually by Television Jamaica (TVJ). Selected high schools in Jamaica are quizzed on wide subject areas such as: the Sciences, Information Technology, History, Current Affairs, General Knowledge, Bible Knowledge etc. Two teams compete to be the winner of knock-out matches and this process continues straight up to the finals, where the winner is chosen.
This year Jamaica College team players include: Dominic Topey (Captain), Ariel Wilson, Lenroy Stewart and Kimanie Livingston. The team stands ready to face their next opponent after trashing Edwin Allen High 57-33 on January 10, 2011. With the wide array of question categories, the JC team members share study material among themselves, allowing each member to play his part. Balancing school work and competition can however be overwhelming but put forward by Lenroy, it definitely teaches time management skills. Guiding the team this year is Mr. Keven Jones, who also serves as Dean of Discipline and Mr. Jahmar Clarke, last year’s quiz captain.
After dropping out of the quarter finals against Wolmer’s Boys last year, the team has gained additional experience and is confident in achieving more this time around. With long hours of practice on school days (2:30 – 7pm) and even more on holidays through ‘quiz camp’. Some of their strategies include: reviewing past matches, participating in question marathon and playing practice matches. Reading the Daily Gleaner everyday is also used to keep the team up to date with current affairs. JC in addition focuses on speed and alertness in answering the question, for this too is a vital factor in the competition.
Jamaica College will face Dint Hill High School come February 21, 2011. The anticipation for JC is at its peak, and with the ‘sea of blue supporters’ the leaders of Old Hope Road stand ready to surf the waves of intelligence.Photo Gallery (click on images to enlarge):