COMPETITION could not have been fiercer at the The News Schools Quiz which was won by just a few points.
Portsmouth Grammar School Juniors and Admiral Lord Nelson School (ALNS) excelled in their knowledge across a range of subjects to clinch victory at the grand finale by half and one and a half points respectively.
Both teams were up against worthy primary and secondary school rivals at The Royal Marines Museum, which kindly agreed to sponsor the event.
All the finalists had done well to reach the last stage, with more than 110 entries submitted over the internet in October.
Rory Gillies, nine, on the grammar school’s winning team, said: ‘It was nerve-wracking but I had a great time. Even though we had a slow start we were back in the game with the first picture round and the team did brilliantly.’
Samuel Adie, 10, from St Swithun’s Catholic Primary, which came a close second, said: ‘My favourite round was sports when I answered four questions right.
‘Even though we didn’t win I’m really pleased we took part in it.’
One member of ALNS’s team was especially pleased to win – after losing out on the trophy last year by two points.
Elliott Smith, 14, said: ‘It feels incredible to win this time – I’m so proud of the team. We all had different strengths which worked really well. My best round was sport. It was definitely a tense competition and the other teams kept us on our toes. It’s been so much fun and I’ll definitely be entering again next year.’
Scott Sowton, 13, on the St Edmund’s Catholic school runner-up team, added: ‘We did better than we thought and got 10 out of 12 questions right in the memorials round.
‘ALNS won fair and square – they were excellent and we were pleased to come second to the winners.’