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Orange Walk students take top Nutrition Prize of the country

Three students from Bishop Martin’s High School in Orange Walk Town, Angel Navidad, Gabriela Castellanos and Devini Chell, won the 12th annual ADM National Secondary Schools Nutrition Quiz organized by the Ministries of Health and Education, in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and UNICEF.

They received their prizes at an award ceremony, after the quiz contest held at the Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel last Friday morning, September 28.

Angel Navidad, 17, a fourth-form student at Bishop Martin’s High School, also won the top individual award in the tie-breaker elimination round against two other contenders, by correctly naming the four types of frying.

ADM General Manager Philip Milliken presented each of the first place winners with a 10-inch Hewlett-Packard netbook and their teacher with a trophy made of the rare Zericote hardwood, sculpted into the likeness of a cashew.

The Bishop Martin students, as national champions, go on to represent Belize at the Caribbean Secondary Schools Nutrition Quiz, where San Pedro High School students won top honors two years ago.

Edith Lopez, Jasmine Ritchie and Mahe Pereira of San Pedro High School won the second prize. Each took home a Kindle Fire e-book reader tablet. Their school received the second place trophy, the likeness of a Zericote apple.

Jeremy Quinto, Felicia Quan and Tala Safa of Belize High School won third prize. Each took home an AOC seven-inch tablet. Their  school received the third place trophy, symbolizing fish carved from Zericote. Each winner took home a food and nutrition package from the San Cas Group.

The Toledo district champions: Luis Kus, Rudy Fajaro and Melinda Chub of Julian Cho Technical High School placed fourth.

The Cayo district champions, Yudally Valdez, Chin Fu and Elrey Shol of Sacred Heart College in San Ignacio placed fifth.

The Corozal district champions, Ivandier Perez, Diveana Samos and Emidio Linarez of St. Viator Vocational High School of Chunox Village placed sixth; while the Stann Creek district champions, Magdalena Gonzalez, Sheldene Sutherland and Kyra Villafranco of Delille Academy were seventh.

Each school represented at the nationals had won its district competition, where students had to demonstrate their knowledge of good nutrition, vitamins, the effects of vitamin deficiencies, calories, energy intake and use in metabolism, proper hygiene and how the effects of a healthy lifestyle with plenty of physical activity can lead to a sound mind in a healthy body and add years to life.

Minister of Education Patrick Faber gave the keynote address at the opening ceremonies at which the students also heard remarks from Dr. Jorge Polanco, the deputy director of Health Services; UNICEF representative Dr. Gerardo de Cosio, PAHO/WHO representative Christine Norton; and the Health Ministry’s nutritionist, Ms. Robin Daly.

Other sponsors of the event includes BELTRAIDE, the Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA), First Caribbean Bank, Grace Kennedy Belize and Santiago Castillo Ltd, which provided gift baskets for all contestants.

The theme for this year’s competition: “The Health of our Youth is the Strength of our Nation.”

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