A team of young quiz buffs from Killicomaine Junior High School have finished third in a UK literature competition, beating the cream of schools from across the country.
Nye Crozier, Emily Monroe, Daniel Moorcroft and Caleb Collins travelled to Wimbledon with teacher Mrs Helen Doogan for the national finals of the Kids’ Lit quiz, for children aged 10-13.
The Killicomaine pupils had beaten 26 Northern Irish teams and faced 15 other regional finalists, representing the best of more than 300 schools.
They had swotted up for three weeks, including practising using a buzzer, and the hard work certainly seems to have paid off.
The venue was King’s College School, Wimbledon, and the foursome, which was teamed up with children’s author Lily Hyde, was welcomed by an audience of librarians, teachers and parents.
Killicomaine was delighted to be the first region to put points on the board owing to training on mythical cities the team had done with Mrs Doogan.
Rounds on ‘opening lines’ and ‘authors’ added more marks to the Killicomaine total, putting them in second place, but the final round on ‘folk tales’ was their undoing and Finham Park, representing the Midlands, stormed ahead, leaving Killicomaine in the very respectable position of third overall.
Mrs Doogan said, “Being one of the only controlled schools at the event and never having lost a single point throughout the competition, this achievement was exceptional and historically a very impressive placing for a Northern Irish team.”
The team was awarded with prizes of books, tokens and certificates.
During the trip, the pupils also had a chance to unwind, visiting the cinema, the All England Lawn Tennis Club, including Centre Court, and Wimbledon Museum.
The school said it was “incredibly proud” of the pupils’ success.