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More Crowned House University Challenge Champions

06 Feb

More have been crowned this year’s champions of House University Challenge, just stealing the trophy from rivals Austin in a closely fought final.

Princethorpe’s competition is based on the long running, popular TV quiz show but in the College’s University Challenge, teams are also required to have representatives from each year group. 

After the first two rounds of the competition More and Austin topped the leader-board with two wins a piece, having proved their expertise in subjects such as science and nature, music and popular culture and food and drink.

Quizmaster for the final was our very own Jeremy Paxman, Deputy Head - Academic, Dr Michael Reddish, asking the infamous starter for 10 and follow up bonus questions.

Overseeing the whole event, the troublesome buzzers and keeping on top of all the scores was House Activities Leader, Jess Newborough.

In a nail-biting lunchtime match first Austin and then More edged into the lead.  With just the final question on quotations left to go the teams were only five points apart.  More were quickest to buzz in and answered correctly claiming the last few points and overall victory, a reversal of fortunes from last year.

Playing for More in the final were Year 7, Jacob Iley, Year 8, Joseph Newborough, Year 10, Mathura Elamurugan, Year 11, Rowan Tankard and Upper Sixth Former, Phoebe Tankard.

After the event Mrs Newborough could barely contain herself as she commented, “That was one of the most exciting University Challenge competitions the College has ever had.  It was so close, both teams have been brilliant and that match could have gone either way.  Thank you to all of the pupils who have participated in this year’s competition.  It is very different on stage to when you are in the audience or watching at home”.

Thanks also to the staff who have helped support the competition.

The final results were as follows:

More – 1st Place

Austin – 2nd Place

Fisher – 3rd Place

Benet – 4th Place