Champions and runners-up from the same school
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Vishnu M.J. and Aravind A. Menon of Loyola School, Sreekaryam, emerged winners of the seventh edition of The Hindu-Young World Quiz competition at the A.K.G. Memorial Hall here on Thursday.
This is the seventh consecutive time that the school is winning the regional finals of the quiz.
The winners will represent the Thiruvananthapuram region in the all-India finals in Madurai on November 14, Children's Day. Over 500 participants from 104 schools from Thiruvananthapuram, Kanyakumari, Kollam and Pathanamthitta took part in the competition, which began around 2 p.m. Two students were there in each team.
The preliminary round saw six teams qualifying for the finals. Though St. Thomas School emerged the favourites after the preliminary round, the finals belonged to teams from Loyola. The runners-up trophy went to their schoolmates, Leo Francis and Archith Mohan.
The winners walked away with loads of prizes, given away by actor Indrajith Sukumaran, the chief guest. The prize for the best outstation team went to B.G. Kumar and Ben John Toms from Trinity Lyceum, Kollam. The best team name was `Quizzunguniya,' an improvisation of chikungunya, given by D. Balakrishnan and Akash K. of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Pattom. The team from VSSC Central School, which called itself `Pirates of the Quizzebeans The curse of the bronze trophy,' was adjudged the second best team for name.
The team from the Holy Angel's Convent Higher Secondary School walked away with the prize for the best cheering squad.
Eveready was the title sponsor of the event and Jamaai ice-cream the associate sponsor. Following are the national sponsors: State Bank of Travancore (SBT), Britannia Tiger biscuits, Garden City College, HP Invent Printers, Reliance Hello, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Cycle Brand Agarbathis, Vizag Steel, Reynolds and Penguin. Maaza is the official drink and SS Music is the TV sponsor. The regional sponsors are Nutrifud cakes, Vijayalaxmi Cashew Co., Quilon Radio Service, Babas Colour Lab, Mahindra Holidays, British Library and Veegaland. The event is managed by Quizwallahs. G.R. Gadkari, general manager, planning, SBT, attended the function.