Prep Quiz Kings
For the third year in a row, Birkdale Prep School entered two teams into the first round of the National Prep Schools' General Knowledge Quiz Competition.
The two teams, made up of a boy from each year of the Prep Department, had a lot to live up to as the previous two years have seen the team make it to the National Final and Semi-Final respectively.
The opening round, hosted at Ashdell, saw eleven teams compete, with two teams from Ashdell, Birkdale Prep, Mylnhurst, St Anselm's and Derby High School, and one from Sheffield High School. With only the top team to go through to the next round, the competition would be fierce.
From the outset, each team demonstrated a phenomenal knowledge of subjects varying from vexillology to classical music, volumes of 3D shapes to British rivers. After twenty of the forty questions, the contest had become somewhat of a three-horse race, with both Birkdale sides in hot pursuit of one of the teams from Derby High.
With just eight questions remaining, it seemed as though the team from Derby would not be caught as they answered question after question correctly and held a solid 85-point lead. Although the gap was cut in half, the real turning point came as late as question number 38! Birkdale-1, no doubt thanks to one of Mr Kirkham's fantastic assemblies, managed to name the obscure German who signed their surrender at the end of World War 2 and, when the final two questions about dinosaurs and facts about Venus were negotiated safely, Birkdale 1 had booked their place in the National Semi-Final.
Credit must go to Derby High who put up an amazing fight and also to the Birkdale-2 team of Duncan, Simon, Patrick and Luke, finishing a brilliant third out of eleven. It was Birkdale-1 however, who progress in the competition and bring back the trophy for the third year running. Huge congratulations go to Alexander, Jacob, Madoc and Max - a truly amazing display, registering one of the highest scores of the competition so far this year! Roll on the next round!