Guyanese students win Caricom quiz
Stabroek News
June 11, 2004

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Guyana emerged the winner of the first Caricom regional quiz after a team of local high school students outwitted their competition from St Kitts and Nevis during the final round yesterday.

The Government Information Agency (GINA), in a press release, said the Guyanese winners were Nicolette Boatswain and Mariscia Charles of Bishops' and Jamal La Rose of St Joseph high schools. St Kitts and Nevis' finalists were Kenrod Roberts, Damian Walters and Ghanja O'Flaherty.

Minister of Education, Dr Henry Jeffrey, was quoted by GINA as saying, "[The Guyana team has] demonstrated what is possible when one is committed to the task."

The participants were quizzed on Social Studies, Geography, Current Affairs in the Caribbean, Caribbean History and Caricom, GINA said, adding that the activity was designed to improve Caribbean peoples' awareness of the region's history, peoples, cultures and its integration movement.

The quiz was held in three rounds beginning in Trinidad and Tobago before moving to Jamaica for the semi-finals and concluding in Guyana at the National Cultural Centre yesterday.

The quiz was organised as part of Caricom's 30th anniversary celebration and the final was attended by Secretary-General Edwin Carrington; Chief Education Officer Ed Caesar and other education and top Caricom officials including Deputy Secretary-General, Dr Edward Greene.

Apart from Guyana, teams from nine other members and associate countries participated in the quiz.