They’ve graduated from High school already but 5 students from the Bishop Martin High school in Orange Walk left their mark for being the second team to win the national Sagicore Challenge and go on to represent the country at the Regional level. The ambassadors for each group in the region travelled to Tampa Florida a few weeks ago for a 7 day training workshop for young innovators as part of the Sagicore S.T.E.M. program (which stands for science technology engineering and mathematics). The winners for the Sagicor Visionaries Challenge were announced earlier this week and it turns out that of the 8 participating countries in the region, the team from Belize placed third in addition to receiving an award for Best Plan and Project Design, and being the recipients for the People’s Choice Award; Quite an extraordinary feat for the young Belizean innovators. Maria Pech, leader of the team from Bishop Martin High School, told us that the experience at the regional level was somewhat intimidating since there was representation from only the best projects in the region.
“We didn’t even think that we would actually come in first in the Nationals. There are really good schools in Belize that came out with really good projects and we were really proud again that we came in first; to think that our hard work really paid off. In the regional’s, we got the third place award, that is in general, we got the best plan and design and we go the People’s Choice Award as well. The Sagicore is like a science competition and it goes to show you that our school did good in this year. The last two years, it came in first and this year it came in third which is still very good. So, people get to know more about Belize and Bishop Martin High School.”
This is the second time in a row that the Bishop Martin High School represents the country in this bi-annual competition. The first was with a project entitled “Coconuts for Life” with which they placed in first in the regional level. This time around the visionaries placed in third with their project entitled “Chaya: Mayan Power for Modern times”.