Team from Presidency rides high at The Hindu Young World Quiz

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BANGALORE, December 6:  The team from Presidency School, Nandini Layout, came from behind to win the Bangalore regional round of the multi-city The Hindu Young World Quiz 2013 here on Thursday.

The team from Presidency, comprising Nagendrakumar Jamadagni and Nihal T., was trailing the team from Teja Vidyalaya, Nalagonda, Andhra Pradesh, by 21 points until the final round of quizzing. Nagendrakumar and Nihal held their nerve to give the right answer to two questions, narrowly winning the contest by two points.

The Teja Vidyalaya team, comprising V. Dhanush Reddy and P. Vikram, were first runners up.

“We are extremely happy. We thought we will end up second-best. We took calculated risks in the final round and that worked in our favour,” said Nagendrakumar, a class 9 student aspiring to work at MIT.

Nihal admitted that he was tense at the beginning of the final round. “We decided not to look at the scores and just go for the answers. Our strategy yielded the desired result,” said the boy, who aspires to become an automobile engineer and work with Lamborghini.

Dhanush and Vikram, the “small-town boys with big dreams” were disappointed. “Our lack of knowledge of Bollywood music cost us the winners’ trophy,” said a disappointed Dhanush.

The winners received Rs. 10,000, trophies and certificates from The Hindu, and a host of goodies from sponsors. They also qualified to represent Bangalore at the All-India Grand Finale that followed the regional round.

The first runners up received Rs. 5,000, trophies and certificates from The Hindu, as well as goodies from sponsors.

Second runners up Innisfree School, J. P. Nagar, Bangalore, got Rs. 3,000, trophies, certificates and goodies.

The other finalists, who all qualified after a written round — Sri Aurobindo Memorial School, Banashankari; Cordial High School, Bangalore; and Presidency School, R.T. Nagar — received cash prize of Rs. 2,000 and certificates.

In all, 324 teams from Bangalore as well as Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh took part in the event at J. N. Tata Auditorium.

Quizmaster V.V. Ramanan hosted the show while the former international cricketer Javagal Srinath gave away the prizes.

The title sponsor of the event is Britannia Milk Bikis Future Minds, and the associate sponsors are Firefox and Indian Overseas Bank. Gift partners are Success Note Books, Reynolds, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Smart and JustBooks. The energy partner is Gold Winner, while Wildcraft is the outdoor gear partner. The beverage sponsor is Dabur Real Fruit Juice. The food partner is Chairman’s Club and Resort. The hospitality partner is Springs Hotel and Spa, J.C. Road. Bisleri is the water sponsor. The travel partner is BIT Air Travels Pvt. Ltd.

The event is managed by iAds and events.

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