Bringing down the curtains on the 13th edition of The Hindu Young World quiz, the grand finale did not disappoint. Packed with out-of-the -ordinary questions the audience were kept enraptured till the end.

Unlucky for some, but lucky for others the 13 Edition of The Hindu Young World Quiz held in Kamarajar Arangam proved lucky for Loyola School, Thiruvanathapuram. Champions for four years in a row they swept the score board with a whooping total of 151. The coincidence is that the first edition of The Hindu Young World quiz held to commemorate the tenth anniversary of Young World also saw Loyola School as the winners and chief guest then was cricketer and former selector of BCCI Krishnamachari Srikkanth.

Win some, lose some

Sharing his experiences with us, Krish told the audience that a quiz is no different from a cricket match. “You win some, you lose some. But what’s most important is the passion and the spirit to participate in extra curricular activities to make sure you fit in this competitive world.”

The Hindu Young World quiz has grown in the past 13 years to become India’s largest inter-school live quiz. Quizmaster V.V. Ramanan, an integral part of the quiz since its inception once again played host with remarkable questions to keep everyone hooked.

After breezing through 15 cities the grand finale was held in Chennai. The regional finals, which was held earlier in the day, saw 876 teams participating, thus breaking all earlier records. The teams that made it to the grand finale were Vidya Niketan, Coimbatore, Jeevana School, Madurai, Vidya Mandir, Salem, Chinmaya Vidyaya, Chennai, Loyola School, Thiruvananthapuram and Bhavan’s School, Kochi in a battle of the brains to win the title. Similar to the previous years’ format the teams were shown a grid made up of 24 questions and a celebrity picture under it.

Questions from various genres include Harry Potter curses, books, capitals mythology, and history. It was a buzzer round and Aditchandra, and Ganesh D., Std. IX students from Loyola School went into attack from the very first question where they were asked to name the only Olympic event in which the competitors are required to wear a top hat. Gaining ground by answering it as a dressage event they began to dominate the scoreboard. The picture clue too helped Loyola School stay on top as they guessed the Korean pop sensation PSY right. With most of the teams other than Salem guessing it right it proved an easy one.

Sponsors

The presenting sponsor was Britannia Milk Bikis Future Minds. Associate sponsors were: Indian Overseas Bank, VIT University, Firefox, Gold Winner, Black Thunder and Vizag Steel Plant. Gift sponsors: Success Note Books, Reynolds Pens, S Mart and Roshan Bag Mall. Outdoor Gear partner: Wild Craft; Beverage partner: Real Fruit Juice; Food Court partner: Sri Krishna Sweets; Hospitality partner: Deccan Plaza; Event manager: iAds & Events

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Winners all

The battle of the brains saw Loyola School walk away with a cash prize of Rs. 50,000. The first runner-up Jeevana School won a cash prize of Rs. 40,000 while the second runner-up Vidya Niketan Public School won Rs. 30,000. The winning teams received other gifts apart from trophies and certificates from the chief guest and presenting sponsor Abhinav Kapoor, South Head, Britannia.

The Online quiz

Sponsored by Britannia Milk Bikkis the quiz saw over 35, 000 entries and ran from October 22 to November 25.

The first winners from both the categories received an Apple Ipad and the others recieved a HCL Tablet each.

The winners

Category 1 (Std IV, V , VI. ): Preetha Devi A. of Yagappa Internatonal School, Thanjavur came first; A. Nithila Palett of Keswick Public School, Madurai and Arun Chokkalingam of TVS School, Madurai were placed second and third respectively.

Category 2 (VII, VIII and IX): Abhinav Karthikeyan of Mahatma CBSE came first follwed by M.S. Srinivas of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Anantapur and Vognesh Krishnan of Loyola School, Thiruvananthapuram.

ADITCHANDRA, and GANESH D., IX, Loyola School:

Though this is the first and last time we will be participating the quiz, we are happy to clinch this title. Both of us work well as a team and we shared a few subjects while preparing, so that we could concentrate on specific topics.

We have taken part in many quizzes and we need to thank a lot of people who helped us to prepare of this one.