M.P. PRAVEEN

Two school students from Kalamassery won the national-level quiz beating teams from 13 other cities.

Abeeth S. and Karthik P. Moothedath of the Rajagiri Higher Secondary School, Kalamassery, made their city proud when then emerged runners-up in the recently held national-level Wild Wisdom Quiz 2009 organised by the WWF-India.

Teams from 13 cities took part in the nationals held at Sanskrit School in Delhi in November. The five teams for the finals were selected based on a written preliminary. A tie-breaker became necessary as three teams tied for the final two positions out of the five slots. Teams from Kochi and Bhopal grabbed the spots beating the team from Chennai.

The five finalists were named after five wild animals — elephant, rhinoceros, otter, white shark, and tiger — five species who are endangered by constant poaching. Abeeth and Karthik combined to form the “white shark” team.

Rounds

The finals comprised of six innovative rounds. In the general round up front, each team was posed two questions each. “Pick-your-pick” round that followed gave the teams five subjects to choose from based on which each team was asked two questions. Visual round followed thereafter. “Choose your challenge” was one of the difficult rounds as the teams were asked to pick their level of difficulty based on which they were given two questions each.

In the audio round that followed, teams were asked to identify the bird call. In the event they failed to identify it, three clues were given and more the clues used the lesser were the points. The final rapid fire round demanded each team to answer 10 questions in 45 minutes.

The winners were announced by the quizmaster Cyrus Sahukar of MTV fame. Jayant Andrew David and Poorvi Bellur of Bombay Scottish School were adjudged the winners. Anushrut Gupta and Pallav Joshi of Delhi Public School, Bhopal, were the second runners-up.

The prize was a two day trip to Jim Corbett National Park. Ekta Chowdhary, Pantaloons Femina Miss India 2009, the chief guest of the day, gave away certificates and trophies to winners.