Prince George’s County high school students competed in the second annual Scholastic Olympics last month, and 13 were named winners in the four academic competitions.
In the “Jeopardy!”-style math contest, the four finalists decided not to continue the competition, which would leave one person off the top three rankings. Instead, junior Aerielle Arches from Largo High School; Janet Adeola, a recent graduate of Largo High; junior Jonathan Hightower from Bishop McNamara High School in Forestville; and Abraham Diallo from Suitland High School split $700 in prize money, organizer Tamara Cooke Henry wrote in an email to The Gazette.
Prizes for each contest included $300 for first-place winners, $200 for second-place winner, and $100 for those who placed third in each category. A parent donated an extra $100 for the winners of the math contest, Cooke wrote.
James Umagat, a junior at Charles Herbert Flowers High School in Springdale, won the spelling contest. Laurel High School sophomore Oluchi Amadi took second and Stephen Thompson, a freshman at Oxon Hill High School, placed third.
Darnell Lisby, a recent graduate of Suitland High School, placed first in the American history competition, beating Lucia Adeola, a sophomore at Largo High, and Eliza Joy Angco, a junior at Largo High, who took second and third, respectively.
Genevieve Bolden, a recent graduate of Riverdale Baptist School in Upper Marlboro, gave the most compelling speech in the oratorical contest. Michaella Wilson, a recent graduate from Largo High, placed second, and Taylor Ware, another recent graduate of Riverdale Baptist, took third.
The Scholastic Olympics, which is sponsored by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, took place at the Oakcrest Community Center in Capitol Heights on May 19.