National general knowledge joy for Perse quiz team

The Perse general knowledge team got quizzical to claim the runners-up spot in the Senior Schools’ Challenge national finals.

Featuring captain Sean Ridley, Shaaon Bhattacharya (both Lower Sixth), Dhruv Radhakrishnan and Neelkantha Mukherjee (both Year 10), the team reached the finals by winning the regional title with a 570-420 victory over Colchester Royal Grammar School followed by a 1,120-200 triumph over Gresham’s in the inter-regional final.

In the national finals at Tonbridge School, the Perse team got off to a great start by beating Warwick School 950-150 in the quarter-finals.

A 1,000-470 semi-final win followed against Magdalen College School before the team lost narrowly 820-700 to Westminster School in the final.

Perse maths teacher Fred Jayatilaka, who oversaw the team, said: “I was so impressed watching our team in action.

“Their knowledge and speed on the buzzer was incredible and it was also great to see them working as a team and staying calm under pressure.

“The standard of quizzing in the national finals is extremely high, so this is a brilliant achievement.”

Meanwhile, the Perse team of captain Ardhra Radhakrishnan, Rosamund Riordan, George Tysome (all Year 8) and Jasmine Christmas (Year 7) will look to follow in the senior team’s footsteps in the Junior Schools’ Challenge.

They are through to the regional final after beating Colchester RGS 900-180 in the previous round.


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