Battle of the brains strikes again
THIS year's Secondary School Quiz conducted by the Rockhampton North Rotary Club proved to be another two nights of keen competition and excellent entertainment.
Rotarian Henry Boswood was co-ordinator this year, and did an excellent job with the organisation for the event. President Rod Green welcomed everyone each night and presented cheques to the winning teams at the closure of proceedings.
Former school principal Keith Ireland who compiled the questions, was the Quiz Master while Eric Anderson from City Printing Works prepared all the signs for the scoreboard in readiness for his backstage team.
Monday night (May 15) was for the Juniors (Years 7, 8 and 9) and the competition was the closest it has been for many years.
At the end of the Preliminary Round, Rockhampton Grammar School was in the lead by just one point from Heights College while three schools, St Brendans College, North Rockhampton High School and The Cathedral College tied for third place, all only one point behind second.
As only two of these three schools could be in the semi-finals, a tie breaker was necessary. The first two of the three named, made it through.
The semis proved close competitions also with the two winning teams to go into the final being Rockhampton Grammar and St Brendans.
It would have been nail biting for the supporters of each team with the scores level pegging all the way through.
With just five questions to go, Grammar had a two point lead. However the St Brendans team of Kevin Keller, Jackson Omlid and Caleb Bartlett finished strongly to win the competition by just one point.
On the following night, ten schools competed in the Senior Competition (Years 10, 11,12 ) The competition was just as impressive as the previous evening and very competitive. Close results were again the order of the night.
Prior to the Semi Finals, Rockhampton High School was in front, just ahead of Rockhampton Grammar with a tie for third between North Rockhampton High School and The Cathedral College.
The semis were closely contested as well with the two leading teams both winning and going on to the top round.
The final kept the audience on edge with both teams scoring well, all the way through. In the last few questions, the Rockhampton Grammar School team, Austin Cocks, William Etherington and John Thomas went to two points ahead to be the winner, with Rockhampton State High School, the Runners Up.
Reports back from students, teachers and others present indicated that the two nights had been a great success.