SVES rules elementary Challenge Bowl


Students from San Vicente Elementary School took home the gold at the 23rd Annual Elementary Level Academic Challenge Bowl last Saturday at the Pedro P. Tenorio Multi-Purpose Center.

The Academic Challenge Bowl is a competition hosted every year by the National Honor Society of Marianas High School to test elementary level students on their knowledge of core subjects such as science, language arts, social studies, and math.

The San Vicente Elementary School team dominated this year’s competition with an amazing final score of 435.

The SVES team consisted of fifth graders Omari Joab, Shekinah Canete, and Jenzel Pollisco and fourth graders Arce Sangalang and Reineer Anciado.

Every year, the MHS National Honor Society hosts the competition to give the students the opportunity to challenge themselves, see the joy in their education, and, most importantly, interact with students coming from all across the CNMI.

Coming in at second place was Tinian Elementary School with a close score of 430.

Third place, with a score of 430 as well, was Oleai Elementary School. OES placed third place vis a tie-breaking math question.

Fourth place was a tie between Saipan International School and Garapan Elementary School with scores of 425.

Completing the top five were Green Meadow School and Saipan Community School with identical scores of 400.

The event gained the participation of 15 different elementary schools and a total of 75 students from across the CNMI.

The other participating schools were Agape School, Brilliant Star Elementary School, Grace Christian Academy, Gregorio T. Camacho Elementary School, Kagman Elementary School, Northern Marianas International School, Sinapalo Elementary School, and William S. Reyes Elementary School.

The judges of the competition were Ashley Beck, AP English Language and Composition teacher at MHS; Victoria Nishida, former math teacher and current social studies teacher at Hopwood Middle School; and Roque Indalecio, science teacher at Hopwood.

Kimberly Bautista Esmores | Reporter
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