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Perse quiz team crowned Junior Schools’ Challenge champions

28 Jun 2018

Young Perse quizzers showed off their general knowledge skills to clinch the Junior Schools’ Challenge crown following victory in the national finals.

Having made it through the regional rounds, the Perse A team, which included captain Malachy Wallace, Shaaon Bhattacharya, Yonas Atabani (all Year 8) and Vishrut Pisupati (Year 7), was in great form in the finals, held in the Peter Hall Performing Arts Centre.

They got off to a flying start by beating St Olave’s School 1,140-350 in the first round before edging out Dragon School 670-470 in the semi-finals. Perse A met George Heriot’s School in the final and saw off their Scottish opponents 880-390 to take the title.

Team coach Lilly Freeman said: “The boys put in a lot of hard work and I’m really proud of them. They’re following in the footsteps of the Perse team that won the Senior Schools’ Challenge last year.”

The national finals also featured a Perse B team, which was drafted in at only a few days’ notice after one of the schools due to attend could not take part.

The team, skippered by Andrew Girgis (Year 8) and featuring Benya Atabani (Year 8), Harry Purvis and Freddie Doel (both Year 7), put in a terrific performance to come joint third. They won 670-550 against Leicester Grammar School in the first round before being defeated 800-470 by George Heriot’s in the semi-finals.

Miss Freeman said: “We were asked by the organisers if we’d be able to field a second team and the boys really stepped up to the plate. They had this amazing opportunity to compete in the national finals and it was a great experience for them.”

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