AMUTHA KANNAN

It was a cool win for the boys from SBOA School.

The day of the sixth edition of The Hindu Young World Quiz at Coimbatore dawned bright and cheery. The Coimbatore Institute of Technology auditorium was all quiet and orderly, showing that the students of the city had come well prepared.Even though one found some going through common quiz books and yearbooks, there was no undue feeling of fear or doubt reflected on the young faces. "Confident", "well prepared" could be heard rather than "I am scared" or "I am tense", which augured well for them. The stage was set.There were 241 teams of two members each, with a maximum of three teams from each school. Students from Gobichettipalayam, Palakkad, Erode and Udumalpet too made a beeline for the preliminary round, along with the local students to be a part of the "country's largest high school quiz covering 13 cities".

Ice-breaker

When the students were settled inside the auditorium, the anchor of SS Music - the official television sponsor - made the students dance a jig to a hip hop music. V.V. Ramanan, the Quizmaster, started off the preliminary round in which students were given 25 questions to answer in writing. Biology, chemistry, general knowledge, history, cricket, politics, cinema... there was a question from every field. The very first question was a teaser. "Coimbatore is called the ------- of the South in reference to the numerous motor parts and engineering goods and industries". The obvious answer that came was "Manchester". But the right answer was "Detroit". Manchester was used only with reference to textiles. There were visual questions too.Six teams were chosen after the preliminary round for the regional final round. They were from SBOA Matric H.S. School, Stanes Anglo-Indian H.S. School, Carmel Garden Matric H.S. School and Lisieux Matric H.S. School from Coimbatore, Stanes All India H.S. School from Coonoor and Kendriya Vidyalaya, Kanjikode, from Palakkad.The final round of the quiz had five rounds. The first "Headline Round" had the Quizmaster showing a visual of the dateline of a newspaper and asking the appropriate headline. The second "Topsy Turvy Round" had the participants on stage giving the questions to the Quizmaster based on some clues. "El Al"... the question was, "what is the name of the Israeli airlines?" The third buzzer round had the jumbled jackpot and spectrum rounds. Students had to unravel proper names and words from the jumbled lot presented to them by the Quizmaster. The jumbled lot of `SO I'M CUTER' was cracked to derive the name `TOM CRUISE'. This was followed by the Spectrum round where students answered a series of seven questions.The fourth "Mera Bharat Mahaan" round contained questions on India. The final round was "End Game". From round one, the SBOA team was in the lead. When the team of Vidyuth Anand and S. Rohit emerged winners, it was no surprise. They were the winners last year too. The second place was bagged by P. Vikas and Sandeep Hari of Kendriya Viyalaya Kanjikode from Palakkad. The third place went to P. Sam Paul and R. Gowtham Ram of Stanes Anglo-Indian H.S. School. G.E. Sridharan, Arjuna awardee, was the chief guest. He gave away the cash prize and a bounty of other gifts to the winners. In addition, there were prizes for the best outstation teams. The first went to Shree Vidyalaya of Gobichettipalayam, and the second went to Kendriya Vidyalaya, Kanjikode. Prizes were given to three best team names. "Quiz Papparazzi" by Stanes Anglo-Indian H.S. School, "Alchemists of Knowledge" by Park Matric H.S. School and "Apna Sapna Quiz Quiz" by Bharatha Matha H.S. School of Palakkad emerged as the three best names.

Goodies for everyone

All those who participated walked away with a certificate of participation and a bag of goodies.The Quizmaster Mr. Ramanan said, "Coimbatore's torch will be held aloft and carried all the way to Madurai by the SBOA team," which will participate at the national finals to be held on November 14.Eveready is the title sponsor. The associate sponsor is Jamaai Ice Cream. The national sponsors are Encyclopedia Britannica, Reliance Hello, HP Invent - Printers, Garden City College, Reynolds, Vizag Steel, Cycle Brand Agarbathis, Britannia - Tiger Biscuits, Penguin and State Bank of Travancore. The official drink is Maaza and the TV sponsor is SS Music. The event manager for this programme is Quizwalahs.The Regional Prime Sponsor is CRI Pumps and other Regional Sponsors are: ARC Aquapuraa Packaged drinking water, Veega Land, Sri Krishna Sweets, Zimson Watch World, Banaanaa Slice, Ideal Stores, The Bostton, Sports Land, L - Oil - Virgin Coconut Oil, Oak & Cherry and Roshan Bags & Luggages.