Perse team crowned national champions in Schools’ Challenge general knowledge competition
The Perse hosted the national final of the Schools’ Challenge general knowledge competition on Sunday, and reigned victorious, being crowned national champions.
After some fantastic victories in the earlier stages of the competition, the team made it to the national finals. Team Perse, made up of Daniel Adamson (U6, team captain), Hugh Goddard (L6), Franklin Nelson and Pratap Singh (both Year 10), competed in the national final against the best eight teams in the country; Haberdashers’ Aske’s, King Edward’s School Birmingham, Hereford Cathedral School, High School of Glasgow, Bournemouth School for Girls, Stockport Grammar School, Abbey Grammar School, Newry who came all the way from Northern Ireland.
In the exciting final rounds, the quarter-final saw The Perse beat King Edward’s Birmingham 960-580, in the closely-contested semi-final, we beat the High School of Glasgow 950-810 and then won the final against Hereford Cathedral School 1180-590 points. The national organisers believe that this is probably the highest ever total of points scored by the winners on finals day, which is an incredible achievement! This is first time The Perse has won the Senior Nationals, having been Junior national champions in 2011 and 2012 and runners-up in 2013.
Team captain, Daniel Adamson, is a veteran of the competition, having competed for the School every year since Year 7, first as a Junior and then as a Senior since Year 9. He said of the team’s success:
“After many years of competing, I was delighted to finally captain The Perse to victory in the National General Knowledge competition. The Perse team worked extremely well together as a unit, and managed to overcome some extremely worthy opponents in the form of KES Birmingham, Glasgow Academy and Hereford Cathedral School. The finals day, hosted at the Perse, ran extremely smoothly, and thanks must go to Mr Roberts and the other national organisers who helped to make it such an enjoyable event.”
Many thanks go to fellow members of the general knowledge squad, parents and staff who showed their support over the weekend.
Well done all on this fantastic success.