May 2011 Volume 8

KC claims 10th title in Schools’ Challenge Quiz

Reprinted from Jamaica Observer
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First-timers Titchfield break under pressure
Tuesday, April 05, 2011

IT was another three months of triumphs and defeats as the 42nd annual TVJ Schools' Challenge Quiz came to an end on Thursday March 31, 2011.

After months of intense training, practice matches and six gruelling rounds of competition, it was the nine-time champions, Kingston College (KC), up against the first-time finalists Titchfield High School from Portland. It was a celebratory atmosphere as TVJ's Lyndhurst Road studios played host to the finals last Thursday evening.

All across Jamaica people were hoping that the fairytale story for first-time finalists Titchfield would have materialised with the TVJ trophy and championship honours. However, it was not to be as the seasoned North Street-based KC, who were early favourites, rose to the occasion once more for a 10th championship.

KC were the early leaders as the first round ended 6-5 in their favour. Outside, the fans from both schools watched keenly from the stands with bated breath and a few whispers of, "How di question dem so hard?".

During the second round the boys increased their lead to close the round 21-11 and the pressure was just too much for the first-timers, whose confidence disappeared altogether. At this point the KC fans were sure the trophy would go back to North Street and the cheers to victory flooded TVJ studios.

As if the night could get no better for KC, they stamped their class in the buzzer section. Correctly answering a whopping eight out of 10 questions, they outclassed Titchfield, who only managed to answer three of six questions correctly. The uphill task that faced Titchfield proved too much for them and in the end the score was 33-11.

Agreeably one of the most interesting seasons yet. We wait in anticipation for the new set and to see if the schools will match the success of this season.

— Kiwayne Jacobs

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