Caribbean news. Every year a number of prominent and not so prominent high schools compete for prestigious prizes in the battle of the minds dubbed ‘Schools Challenge Quiz’. The competition is designed to challenge the minds of the participants to present answers to questions touching on main subject areas such as mathematics, English, sciences, religion, sports and local affairs.

The competition has been ongoing annually for over 3 decades now and there are certain schools that have won repeatedly. A wealth of information is dispersed into the public arena and as such it is a learning experience for the young and old alike who tune in to their televisions to observe the matches. The public is given opportunity to participate by way of texting answers to a question thrown out when matches are been aired. It is nothing short of a well organized learning event in the form of a competition.

Photo courtesy televisionjamaica.com

Photo courtesy televisionjamaica.com

This year’s competition saw 64 schools starting out but it was Ardene High School from St. Andrew and St. Jago High School, from St. Catherine, that reached the finals. Ardene High School, having won the title in 1973, 1997, 1998, 2000 and 2013 came out the victor once more, beating their opponent by 12 points (St. Jago only managed to amass a total of 16 points). The team’s captain, Horace Facey, confessed that it wasn’t an easy feat attaining the victory.

It is expected that come next year, another such fulfilling competition will be staged and as per usual it should be an educational treat.