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NI Schools' Challenge Senior Quiz competition students with their coach Mr C. Rice - View Full Size Image
NI Schools' Challenge Senior Quiz competition students with their coach Mr C. Rice

Now in its fourth decade, Schools’ Challenge is the longest-running and most prestigious inter-schools quiz in the UK.  It follows a similar format to BBC’s University Challenge, of ‘Starter’ and ‘Bonus’ questions. 
The finals of the Northern Ireland region of Senior Schools’ Challenge took place on Wednesday 6th, at RBAI.  Loreto College, Coleraine, Specialist School, were represented by two teams. Team ‘A’ of Conor Doherty-Green, Odhran McKee, Paige Brown and Annie McBride and Team ‘B’ of Ciaran Judge, Paul McKay, Ben Levy and Geraldine Mellon.

Team B met Sacred Heart, Newry in a competitive quarter final and both teams enjoyed periods of dominance, before Loreto won in the end.  Loreto’s reward was an equally competitive semi-final against Abbey GS, Newry.  Abbey’s speed on the buzzers was impressive and proved the difference between the two teams.
Meanwhile, Team A enjoyed a quarter-final victory against St. Colman’s Newry with an impressive display of speed in answering buzzer-questions.  They would later meet CAI in the semi-final, thanks to CAI’s victory over hosts, RBAI, in a close and exciting quarter-final match.  In the semi-final, Loreto’s speed continued and was the deciding factor against a knowledgeable CAI team.

Loreto ‘A’ and Abbey contested a thrilling final.  Both teams continued to display the speed and wide range of general knowledge that had taken them this far, with very few questions being incorrectly answered.  Ultimately, Abbey proved to be the fastest of the pair and enjoyed a 730-510 win – a difference of 3 ‘starters’ and their respective ‘bonus’ questions. 

Quiz-master Martin Goss paid tribute to both teams for providing a high-quality final.  He commented on how well Loreto had done, in their first year in senior competition, and wished them well for future years.
Loreto coach, Mr Clarke Rice congratulated Abbey on a deserved win and wished them well for the UK finals of the competition, in London, in May.  Mr Brian Lenehan, Principal of Loreto College, congratulated both school teams and their coach on a tremendous day of successful competition.