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Sharp, attentive whiz kids

Brain game: Students participating in the 17th The Hindu Young World quiz, at Sundarayya Vignana Kendram in Hyderabad on Wednesday.

Brain game: Students participating in the 17th The Hindu Young World quiz, at Sundarayya Vignana Kendram in Hyderabad on Wednesday.   | Photo Credit: G_RAMAKRISHNA

1,200 students participate in The Hindu Young World quiz

Clad in colourful uniforms and representing their schools with pride, these students could easily answer who crooned the hit number of Chiranjeevi’s latest movie. For those who think their knowledge is limited to just films, they got the name of the second Vice-President of independent India right and also the endemic animal of Madagascar.

The Hindu Young World quiz held in the city on Wednesday saw a turnout of around 1,200 students from over 50 schools. The annual event, which is being held in the Hyderabad since 2000 — except one year in between, saw 269 teams battling it out in the junior and senior categories.

As the competition progressed, the members of the eliminated teams also stayed back to cheer for their favourites and watch the finale. Quiz master V.V. Raman made the event lively, entertaining and gripping.

Junior category

No sooner did the quiz master read out the final scores, the winning team member, Venkata Yasaswi, broke into a victory dance. “This is the step from a Harlem shake video which broke the internet back in 2014. I was so happy on winning the quiz that I felt like dancing,” he said.

Mr. Yasaswi, a class 4 student, along with R. Divyansh of Gitanjali Devshala, won the first prize. D. Vishnu Vardhan and D. Abhishek Reddy of Teja Vidhyalaya came second and Sri Harsha and P.V.S.K. Nikhil of Obul Reddy School bagged the third prize. A team from Chirec School made it to the top six.

Senior category

It was an exceptional performance in the finale by the winning team from Teja Vidhyalaya. S Gokul Sai and T. Pavan raced ahead of other teams by finishing with a commendable score of 290. The second position was bagged by Hari Aditya and Vignesh of Niraj Public School.

Tanay Shetty and Yashwardhan of Hyderabad Public School, Begumpet, finished third. Chirec International School and Little Flower High School, Abids, also made it to the final round.

Prize distribution

The chief guest of the evening was Dronacharya awardee and badminton coach S.M. Arif. Having witnessed the finals, Mr. Arif praised the contestants for their competitive spirit and keen interest in general knowledge.

Another guest, M. Narasimha Murthy, executive vice-chairman of the Global International School, said the students participating in quiz contests was a healthy sign in today’s age when most of the children were addicted to online games. The winners received trophies, bag of goodies, bicycles, and certificates.

The Hindu Young World Quiz was presented by Camlin and supported by Life Insurance Corporation of India. The regional sponsor was Global Indian International School, Uppal. Funskool, Funcity and Nestlé were the fun partners, while Spencer’s was the snack partner. BSA Ladybird and Hercules Cycles were the national gift sponsors for the event.

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