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Hat-trick of triumphs for MES in quiz contest.

MES Indian School's Rathul Jayaprakash and Mohamed Shahin receive the winners' shield from Vodafone Qatar Head of Communication Wajeeha al-Hussaini, Head of Trade Activity Cindy Thomas and quiz master Kannu Bakker. By Ramesh Mathew/ Staff Reporter MES Indian School extended their lease on the Vodafone Brain Hunt Inter-School quiz contest for another year on their home turf yesterday, and thus completed a hat-trick of triumphs, in front of a sizeable gathering. MES duo, Mohamed Shahin and Rathul Jayaprakash, who answered a number of intelligent and tricky questions from the anchor Kannu Bakker, maintained the lead all through the competition and by the time the contest reached the 'buzzer' round, the pair made sure that they left behind their participants from other schools. At the end, the MES team was ahead of Birla Public School (BPS), which finished second, by over 24 points. Incidentally, the winning duo was representing the MES Indian School for the first time. Aditya Diwakar Kerkara and Ashwin Anil Kumar represented the BPS. The pair last year scored a landslide win in the Indian Women's Association (IWA) Inter-School quiz contest. DPS-Modern Indian School, which won the inaugural competition in 2010 and shared the title with the MES in 2011, had to be content with the third position. Ideal Indian School (IIS), Doha Modern Indian School (DMIS) and Shantiniketan Indian School (SIS) were the other finalists. As in the previous years, the title round featured questions on English language, tip of the tongue, facts and figures, odd one out, challenge round and Fast Runners. Since the title round had only Indian schools in the race, one of the questions was to name the topper of this year's Indian Civil Services examination. Earlier in the same round, the quiz master wanted the participants to identify the Oscar-winning Indian musician, A R Rahman through his first name. Another tricky question was to name the host of the 1940 Olympic Games (which incidentally was not held due to the Second World War). At the end of the competition, besides the top three finishers, each of the other finalists also received a bagful of prizes. The winners received an iPhone and an array of gift vouchers and the runners-up team received an iPad among other prizes. Others got BlackBerry phones and gift vouchers. In the written qualifying round about 300 children from seven schools participated. Apart from Vodafone Qatar, the contest was also supported by LuLu Hypermarket, Malabar Gold and Diamonds and Qatar UAE Exchange. To make the event lively, the organisers also provided a lot of opportunities for the audience to answer questions and many in the gathering walked away with gifts and gift vouchers. Speaking at the prize distribution, head of communication of Vodafone Qatar Wajeeha al-Hussaini termed the quiz contest as "a platform to tap the potential of talented local school children. Vodafone Qatar is only too happy to associate with such an initiative aimed at promoting the quest for knowledge," she said. Principal of MES Indian School A P Sasidharan, Head of Trade Activity of Vodafone Qatar Cindi Thomas, C Santosh (Qatar UAE Exchange), Murai (Malabar Gold and Diamonds) and Sanju Philips (LuLu Hypermarket) and MES governing body general secretary K P Abdul Azeez also attended the ceremony. Final standings: 1. MES Indian School 60 (Rathul Jayaprakash & Mohamed Shahin), 2. Birla Public School 36 (Ashwin Anil Kumar, Aditya Diwakar Kerkara); DPS-Modern Indian School 33 (Mohamed Fahim,Mugundana Guhan). Doha Modern Indian School 30 (Chanakya Vishal, Abishek Madana Mohanan), Ideal Indian School 28 (Anirudh, Alhaj) and Shantiniketan Indian School 25 (Ashique S, Atul Sumeshan).

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Publication:Gulf Times (Doha, Qatar)
Date:May 6, 2013
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