SDA wins US Compact award

President David Kabua and US Ambassador Roxanne Cabral presented the first prize to SDA High School students after they won the Compact Jeopardy competition held at Marshall Islands High School last week. Photo: Wilmer Joel


Delap Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) was victorious in an all out Jeopardy Competition against other public and private high schools in the country including Majuro Cooperative School, Assumption, and Marshalls Christian High School.

It was hosted by last year’s Jeopardy Champion Marshall Islands High School (MIHS) and organized by the United States Embassy in the school’s library last week.
Jeopardy is an American television game show created by Merv Griffin. The show features a quiz competition in which contestants are presented with general knowledge clues in the form of answers, and must phrase their responses in the form of questions. However, the questions for this competition were based on the information about the Compact in various categories in two rounds until all of the questions were out.

Power 103.5FM radio DJ Yastamon Bolkeim and World Bank’s Ellen Milne Paul were the hosts for the Jeopardy Competition. The participants proved to be competitive and well prepared as they clashed with each other point after point to secure the win. Here are the results for the first and second rounds as listed below:

First Round Second Round
Coop: 2,000 points Coop: 1,700 points
Rongrong: 700 points Rongrong: 600 points
SDA: 2,200 points SDA: 1,900
Assumption: 2,000 points Assumption: 1,900

As the program was about to end, President David Kabua arrived momentarily, and received a special courtesy welcome by the MIHS 10A Students.
President Kabua and US Ambassador to the Marshall Islands Roxanne Cabral presented a $1,000 check to the winner of the Jeopardy Competition, students from Delap SDA. The embassy also presented gifts to other participants as well to show appreciation for their efforts.

Ambassador Cabral told the Journal that the two best things about organizing Jeopardy Competitions in the Marshalls is the opportunity to help shape the future generation leaders of the Marshall Islands and show how important their history is to them. She added that bringing students together to interact as well as learn from each other is another great part of making these types of competition.

Before leaving, the Journal asked President Kabua about his visit to the school campus, “I don’t know if I am the first, but it felt awesome.”


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