Winners Shubham Agarwal and KC Sachin at Carmel Junior College on Saturday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
Jamshedpur, Sept. 1: Loyola School won the city finals of the Limca Book of Records Quiz 2012, edging past the hosts in a keenly contested final round of the competition at Carmel Junior College this afternoon.
The Loyola School team comprising Shubham Agarwal and K.C. Sachin, both Class XI students, amassed 55 points, five more than runners-up Carmel Junior College team of Subham Acharya (Class IX) and K. Majumdar (Class XII).
The final rounds were divided into six segments in which participants had to identify speakers, dance forms and personalities based on videos. A buzzer round followed, which proved decisive for the winners as they held their nerves.
Shubham Agarwal of the winning team gave credit to his partner for keeping calm during the final buzzer round.
“We were tied with Carmel Junior College at 50 points after the fifth round. A goof-up on Carmel’s part pushed them back with negative marks. We remained calm and pressed the buzzer only when we were confident and got the five points which helped our cause. Both of us have been participating in quizzes regularly for our class in intra-school and inter-school competitions and are used to pressure. We gel well. Hope our good luck continues in the national semi-finals,” he said.
The Little Flower School team of Rupam Kumar Dubey and Siddhartha S. Kahali, both from Class IX, ended a distant third with 40 points.
The winners will now be eligible for the national semi-finals, in which 80 teams will lock horns, later this year.
The top 10 teams with a minimum of two teams from each zone (east, west, north and south) and two top scorers from the semi-final rounds will then be selected for the national finals in December, which will be hosted by acclaimed quiz master Derek O’ Brien.
In the inter-school city round of the competition, 73 schools participated, out of which six were selected for the final round today.
The finalists included Kerala Samajam Model School, Church School and ADLS Sunshine School.
Each school were allowed to field a maximum of three teams of two members each for the inter-school round with a 30-minute written preliminary round for all participating students. Only one team from each participating school qualified for the stage round.
Jamshedpur is the only city in the state, which hosts the Limca Book of Records quiz. Since 2008, the prestigious quiz has been held in 80 cities across the country.
Prizes to the winners were given by zonal HR manager, Hindustan Coca Cola Beverages Limited, Rajesh Kumar Singh. Quizmaster Shaun from Know and Grow with Derek conducted the contest today.