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GCA students excel in academic competitions

(GCA) — Five Grace Christian Academy students from 4th to 6th grades have shown excellent performance in the 2019 Academic Bee Challenge for elementary students. With only two mistakes in the 3rd round, GCA was the competition’s third best team.

The five-member GCA team was composed of 5th graders Earl Jean Pantaleon, Aasish Dangol, and Rafael Busby; and 4th graders Maria Sofia Gomez and Justin Ma.

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The GCA Academic Bee Challenge team members have their picture taken in the Rev. Raymond Kinsella Library.
The GCA K-3 Math Court winners have their picture taken in the Rev. Raymond S. Kinsella Library.  GCA photos

Almost all of them are first timers in Academic Bee Challenge except for Pantaleon who joined the Academic Bee competition last year. Sharing his experience, “It was kind of scary, fun, and challenging. It really tests what you knew or what you studied,” he said.

The team members, along with their coach, were awarded individual medals, gift certificates, and certificates of recognition.

GCA coach Susan Pajarillaga said the GCA team began preparing for the competition covering various subject areas like Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies since March.

Organized by Marianas High School’s National Honor Society, the Academic Bee Challenge marked the 24th year the Academic Bee Challenge was held in the CNMI. Held last Saturday, May 11th at Marianas High School gym; the competition brought together 65 contenders from 13 public and private schools in the CNMI. The competition, conceptualized locally for schools in the CNMI, aims to better promote learning among students.

GCA students also performed well in Math Court as the CNMI wide competition concludes the elementary division also last Saturday, May 11th at Mount Carmel School.

Grace Christian Academy’s 2nd grade student Hans Ordas won 1st place in 2nd grade level. He is a consistent first place winner since Kinder 5 in the CNMI wide Math Court competitions.

Ordas, who started as Kinder 4 student at GCA, said that Math is his favorite subject. “I told my parents that I want to become a scientist or mathematician someday. I am so thankful to God for letting me win in Math Court. My Mommy and Daddy were so happy when they announced the winners,” he said.

Seorae Lee, who is a new 1st grade at GCA won 3rd place in 1st grade level. It is also Lee’s first time to join in Math Court competition

The Team GCA of Hans Ordas, 2nd grade and Llyana Jaira Manalang, 3rd grade won 4th place in the team division for grades 2-3. It is the first time that CNMI Math Court has this team competition for grades 2-3 to have them ready for the higher grade competitions. Ordas said, “The 3rd grade questions are hard because I am just 2nd grade, but I did my best and let God do the rest.”

CNMI Math Court began in 2005 in order to promote mathematics in CNMI. The elementary school competitions centered on the CNMI PSS Mathematics benchmarks.

GCA coach Susan Pajarillaga said, “I am so proud of our elementary students who competed in the recently concluded Math Court and Academic competitions. Our students did amazingly well during the competitions. I also want to thank the parents for their support.”