Pupils from Killicomaine Junior High have beaten off competition from leading schools across Northern Ireland to win a top quiz event.
The Kids’ Lit. Quiz is an annual event, established by University of Auckland Professor, Wayne Mills, which is held across many countries of the world with the sole aim of encouraging and showcasing a love of reading in children.
The NI heat is hosted by Wellington College, Belfast, where schools across the country are invited to test their team’s knowledge of children’s literature by answering 10 rounds of 10 questions on various topics within the genre.
Having entered in five previous years, Killicomaine attended with high hopes of beating their highest previous fourth placing.
The team, made up of Caleb Collins, Nye Crozier, Emily Monroe and Daniel Moorcroft, started well, drawing in ninth place but in the build-up to the interval had clearly established themselves as a force to be reckoned with amid the company of Northern Ireland’s finest.
Winning round five, excellent tactical play in round seven and having beaten the guest author team twice by the final round, even the imposing figure of Methodist College, Belfast breathing down their necks made little difference to the confidence of the team going into the final round.
With their 77 points to Methody’s 68, Killicomaine secured victory with a final round placing of second, taking their total to 84 with Methody and Strathearn joint second place with 73.
After awards were given for supporter competitions, Killicomaine again winning first and second prize in the Best Dressed Fictional Character competition, and a second place play-off, the Killicomaine team took great pride in being announced overall winners of the NI heat, scoring one of the highest totals on record.
Each pupil received gift vouchers and the opportunity to represent Northern Ireland in the UK Final, taking place in Wimbledon at King’s College School today (Friday).