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Deepak and Varun: Winners from Tiruchi.
Deepak and Varun: Winners from Tiruchi.

SYED MUTHAHAR SAQAF

Questions on myriad subjects that triggered inquisitive minds and plenty of entertainment marked The Hindu Young World quiz.

The R.S.K. Higher Secondary School team comprising R. Deepak and A. Varun emerged victorious at the regional final of “The Hindu Young World Quiz 2008” held at Tiruchi recently. They collected …. points to pocket Rs. 8,000 and book a place in the All India finals at Visakhapatnam.

S. Swaathirathna and T. Poornima Devi from Cluny Matriculation H.S. School, Salem, thanks to their good performance in the buzzer round, shared the second position with M. Pravin and Joel Joy from Aditya Birla Public School, Reddipalayam, Ariyalur. However, the tie-breaker favoured the Salem School, and it finished runner-up to bag a cash award of Rs. 6,000. Aditya Birla, which finished third, became richer by Rs. 4,000.

K.S. Kawin Kumaran and P. Sivaguha from Chettinad Rajah Muthiah Matriculation H.S. School finished fourth. Boys from Akilandeswari Vidyalaya — E. Prithvi Raj and N. Naresh Krishna, and S. Fazil and V. Satish Bharathwaj from Sri Sivananda Balalaya took the fifth and sixth positions respectively.

Tricky questions in the preliminary rounds made it tough for the students to crack it with ease, while questions on movies, cartoons and music, as expected, saw many takers.

There were quite a few posers on history, politics, astrology, zoology and Harry Potter, enough to trigger the inquisitive minds. But the round just gave a hint of what was ahead in the finals.

After the brain-racking session, the audience enjoyed a musical feast by playback singer Deepan Chakaravarthi who was the chief guest for the occasion.

Big number

As many as 380 two-member teams from about 130 schools took part in the event.

The title sponsor for the quiz was Extramarks.com. Associate sponsors were DC Books Mango, Vizag Steel Plant, Pepsico Cheetos and Kissan Amaze Brainfood.

The national sponsors were State Bank of Travancore, Firefox Bikes, Lotte Caramilk, Reynolds, Penguin Books, Cycle Pure Agarbathies and Encyclopedia Britannica.

Regional sponsors were Eagle Controls, Brilliant Tutorials, Elite Enterprises, ARC Aqua Pura, Hotel Sangam and Mahindra Holidays.

Dabur Real Fruit Juice was the official drink. The event was managed by Quizwalahs.


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