St Martin School Wins Sagicor Visionary Challenge for 2nd Consecutive Year

Giselle Blaize’s “Techno Gardeners”

The St Martin Secondary School (SMSS) was adjudged winner of the Sagicor Visonaries Challenge for the second consecutive year, yesterday, Monday December 15th.

Giselle Blaize, who represented SMSS was named winner of this year’s challenge for her project “Techno Gardeners”.

Giselle Blaize’s “Techno Gardeners”

Giselle Blaize’s “Techno Gardeners”

She was assisted by Science teacher Vanessa Seraphine.

Ms. Blaize said she was elated to win despite “not really expecting to win.” She said that she feels great and all her hard work has paid off.

Her teacher, Vanessa Seraphine, said that she is very proud of her school and students and is very happy with the outcome.

Seraphine, who accompanied Kendra Jean Jacques the 2013 winner to the Kennedy Space Center, will also accompany Ms Blaize.

The Sagicor Visionaries Challenge aims to promote the use of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) to develop effective, innovative and sustainable solutions to problems.

Cheryl Rolle, General Manager of Wilcher Services said it’s all about bringing sustainability to the region and from her experience it is clear that the Caribbean has a lot of young talent.

Since its inception the challenge has pooled over 170 submissions from over 100 schools across the Caribbean.

However Lois Oliver, Chief Judge and Assistant Director of Caribbean Science Foundation said throughout her travels judging this competition, projects submitted by schools across Dominica have shown tremendous potential.

The Isaiah Thomas Secondary School placed second with its Bio Gas project while the Dominica State College placed first runner up with its Asphalt Processing project.