Saipan’s San Vicente Elementary School won the 23rd Academic Challenge Bowl

By Lori Lyn Lirio

San Vicente Elementary School team wins the 23rd Academic Challenge Bowl held at Multi-Purpose Center. Photo ©

STUDENTS from the San Vicente Elementary School won the 23rd Annual Academic Challenge Bowl hosted by Marianas High School Honor Society held at Multi-Purpose Center.

The San Vicente Elementary School team was composed of Omari Joab, 5th Grade; Jenzel Pollisco, 5th Grade; Arce Sangalang, 4th Grade; Reineer Anciado, 4th Grade; Shekinah Canete, 5th Grade. Out of 500 scores, they got an overall score of 435.

The Annual Academic Challenge Bowl, which was held on April 19, is a competition held regularly to test students in the core subjects of science, language arts, social studies, and math, according to MHS National Honor Society president Joyce Nisola.

Every year, the National Honor Society of Marianas High School hosts the competition for students in the elementary level, while Saipan Southern High School hosts the same event in the middle school level.

“The competition gives 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,” Nisola added.

In an interview with Amelito Dalusong Jr. and Keanhe Deseo, both MHS Honor Society officers, 15 schools – from public and private – and a total of 75 students participated in the event.

Each school team has five members – from 1st grader to 5th grader.

“We are surprised how smart the elementary students are. Out of 500 scores, first place got 435,” Dalusong said.

The questions focused on the Language Arts – mostly grammar and popular authors and their works; Social Studies, which covered geography, the U.S. history; and Mathematics, mostly word problems and some questions about algebra and geometry.

It was the members of the National Honor Society who made the questions. It was filtered and approved by officers, teachers and advisers.

“We were scared that we might get a complaint for the questions but we were surprised that they knew most of them,” Deseo said.

Dalusong and Deseo said the Algebra and Geometry questions, which were not taught in the elementary, were answered correctly by the young students.

“We compared last year’s questions with this year’s questions, the difficulty got higher this year.

The MHS Honor Society thanked The Shack for sponsoring the event and judges: Ashley Beck, AP English Language and Composition teacher at Marianas High school; Victoria Nishida, former Math teacher and current Social Studies teacher at Hopwood Middle School; and Roque Indalecio, Science teacher at Hopwood Middle School.

Team result:

1st – San Vicente Elementary School

2nd – Tinian Elementary School

3rd – Oleai Elementary School

4th – Garapan Elementary School; Saipan International School (tie)

5th – Grace Christian Academy

6th – Green Meadow School; Saipan Community School (tie)

7th – Gregorio T. Camacho Elementary School

8th – Northern Marianas International School

9th – Kagman Elementary School

10th – William S. Reyes Elementary School

11th – Sinapalo Elementary School

12th – Brilliant School

13th – Agape Christian School


Lori Lyn Lirio
Lori Lyn C. Lirio is a veteran newshen having worked for the People's Journal Tonight for more than 10 years. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications degree from the Lyceum of the Philippines University. She currently writes for the Marianas Variety, Saipan's number one community paper. .

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