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Making an impression

Nailbiting experience. Pics: S. Siva Saravanan

Nailbiting experience. Pics: S. Siva Saravanan  

THINK `QUIZZING', and an emotion you can't deny is exhilaration. Though a strict mental discipline it is no less than a Hitchcock potboiler. There is drama. There is despair. There is tension and towards the end there is triumph for one to cheer.

The regional semi-final of the Eicher Skyline Quiz Contest, organised by the Anamallais Agencies (Stadium), at the Perks MHSS auditorium on Friday witnessed a battle between the best of brains.

Vidhya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Chennai, R.S Krishnan HSS, Trichy, Mahatma Montessori MS, Madurai, BELL MHSS, Tirunelveli, Bhavans Vidya Mandir, Kochi, Marian SSS, Kottayam, and Bharatiya Vidya Mandir and SBOA Matric (both Coimbatore), were the teams that figured in the line-up.

There was a stiff contest as only two teams could march into the overall semi-final. There were rounds of geography, Indian heritage, `buzzer', sports and `rapid fire' for the students to tackle.

Quizwallah A Kumar, a professor of Indore University was given the task of testing the general knowledge of the children. He came out with tough queries, but the students managed to handle most of them with ease.

Bhavans Vidya Mandir, Kochi, and Vidya Mandir SSS, Chennai, were the teams that marched into the semis in style.

Making an impression

In fact, Anupama Kumar and Sudarshan, both class eight students of Bhavans Vidya Mandir, struggled a bit in the initial stages. It was the boys from the R.S. Krishnan HSS, Trichy, who gave them a run for their money. What really turned the tables in Bhavan Vidya Bhavan's favour was the flow of right answers in the rapid fire round. Anupama, who finished the runner-up in the Bournvita Quiz Contest last year, answered all except the final query.

"It was the best speed round I had ever seen. Kudos for your good show," applauded the quizmaster. "I have never seen students answering so many questions at such a rapid pace," he added. After making it to the semis, Anupama pointed out that she was nervous before the start. "I tried hard not to lose my cool. Thank God, the pressure is over."

When the time came for the other contestants to fight it out, Anupama kept busy jotting down all the questions that came the opponents' way. "This will do me a world of good in the final round," she said. R Ashwath and B Jayadev of Vidya Mandir, Chennai, who made it to the top from the second group, had it easy right from the start. They capitalised on their opponents' blunders and maintained the tempo to book a berth to Indore. "We had referred the Internet and books prior to the event and that helped us a lot today," said Jayadev. Questions were also asked to the team managers, teachers and parents. The ones who got it right walked away with attractive prizes.

Sixteen teams would lock horns in the semis to be held at the Ravindra Natya Griha RNT Marg in Indore on January 23, which would be followed by the final clash at the same venue on January 24.

RAYAN ROZARIO

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