Elizabeth College came out victorious after a gripping day of competition at the De Putron Challenge on Monday at St James Concert and Assembly Hall.
The school has been crowned Guernsey winner of the first ever Year 8s event, while also claiming the title in the post-16 event from last year’s winners Ladies’ College. Each winning team will now prepare to face their rival winning teams in Jersey in the inter-island final, held in Guernsey on 26 November.
The quiz-style events, similar to university challenge, were each conducted over two heats containing a series of three-minute rounds, with contestants answering questions on areas such as general knowledge, Channel Islands history and culture, conservation and The Olympics. A picture round was also included in the first heat of each event.
For the post-16 event, a round in each heat was dedicated to a specialist subject, chosen in advance by the schools. Elizabeth College Black, this year’s champions, answered questions on the Tudor monarchs, racking up vital extra points by achieving a full house of ten points on that round.
The final score in the post 16 event was 28 for the Elizabeth College black team, winning with an impressive margin over competing finalists Elizabeth College Blue who closed the competition with 6 points.
Joel Evans, a member of the winning year 8 team was proud to have claimed a victory at the first ever event of its kind:
“We’re all really happy – we hadn’t practised at all so it was amazing to see the scores come up at the end.
“The first part was reasonably easy but the second was quite a lot harder. We’re really looking forward to the inter-island challenge and hope to face our rivals Victoria!” he said.
Each winning team, take home a Guernsey De Putron Challenge 2012 trophy and earn a coveted place at the inter-island final, they were also awarded a cash prize for their schools.
Quizmaster Rob Moore was amazed by the talent of the competitors this year: “It was great to see the level of knowledge on display, particularly with the year 8 students given that it was their first ever De Putron Challenge! We now have the Jersey events and two inter-island finals to look forward to and I think both schools will put up a decent fight against their Jersey counterparts; it will be an interesting show!”
The De Putron Challenge inter-island final will take place at St James Concert and Assembly Hall on 26 November from 12pm for year 8s and 1.30pm for post-16s.
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