Friday, 5 April 2019

WINNER TAKES ALL: Pebbles King tops Avant Garde Designer competition … St. Mary’s Karema Mundell-Thomas cops Math Teacher of the Year … St. Jago defeats KC for #SCQ50 title

GRAND FINALE: Having already bagged the Manning Cup and Boys Champs title this season, Kingston College was amped up to win the 50th anniversary season of Schools’ Challenge Quiz, but St. Jago High was determined to take the trophy back to Monk Street in Spanish Town. The venerable St. Catherine-based school outscored the North Street giants 39-19 to secure the win before a packed audience inside the TV-J Studios on Tuesday night. In addition to the championship trophy, the winners walked away with cash awards and other prizes from sponsors Kingston Bookshop, Digicel, and Tru Juice, among others. 

SHE’S A ‘HIT’: Interpreting the theme ‘Reggae meets Campari’, seasoned designer Pebbles King emerged the judges’ favourite as the curtains came down on the 2019 staging of the Avant Garde Designer of the Year competition inside the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston on the weekend. King’s winning entry, “Hit Girl” (sported by model Shannon Duhaney) was a couture combination of faux fur, bits of glass and sheer fabric. King walked away with a cheque valued at $50,000. Doing the presentation, Minister of State for Culture, Alando Terrelonge, was so impressed by King’s work that he decided to reward her with an extra 20 grand. Nine finalists made the cut for this year’s competition, put on by Saint International, from a pool of nearly 30 submissions. 

HEAD OF THE CLASS: Karema Mundell-Thomas has always had a love affair with numbers. She finds it surprising that not enough Jamaicans share this passion. “My philosophy is that Maths is the only subject that counts. It’s everyday life,” says the newly crowned National Mathematics Teacher of the Year. Mundell-Thomas, who has been on staff at St. Mary’s Carron Hall High School for almost 17 years, says it’s time we shed the fear of this vital element on the school curriculum. “Whatever you’re doing Maths is a part of it, and so we need not think of it as a subject in school; we should think about it as life itself,” says the Norther Caribbean University grad. “Once we approach it from that perspective, I believe the fear we have will make us realize that this is something we are doing every day.”

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