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Bright young sparks go head to head

Bright young sparks go head to head

Wednesday 22 October 2014

Bright young sparks go head to head

Wednesday 22 October 2014


Students from across the Channel Islands will be pitting their wits against each other next month in a University Challenge-style school quiz.

Jersey students are battling it out in the De Putron Challenge on 11 November at the Radisson Blu Hotel before an inter-island showdown at St James in Guernsey later in the month.

The quiz that aims to be fun, friendly and educational is open to sixth form, year 6 and year 8 students across Jersey and Guernsey. This year the competition aims to show that "great minds" exist in many fields, from sport to science and art to history.

Channel Television presenter Rob Moore returns as Quiz Master to question the students on everyone from ground-breaking scientists like Albert Einstein to sporting heroes like Mo Farah, inspiring artists like Vincent Van Gogh to historical game changers like Napoleon Bonaparte.

As well as the more conventional general knowledge rounds, the students will also face the picture board and the newly-introduced team round, which encourages teammates to work with each other to learn something about “great minds”.

Trustee of the Ana Leaf Foundation and founder of the De Putron Challenge Hayley de Putron said: “The principal aim of the De Putron Challenge is to engage with the island’s youth in a way that is both educational and fun.  Academic prowess is something that should be celebrated at any age and we want to show that it is cool to be clever. 

“We really hope that this vision is achieved and that all of the teams enjoy and learn from the experience. It is fantastic to see how smart young Channel Islanders are.”

Last year teams from Guernsey's Elizabeth College claimed both the Year 8 and Post-16 trophies and the inaugural Year 6 competition was won by St Andrews Primary School. In Jersey, Janvrin Primary School won the Year 6 title, De La Salle won the Year 8 contest and Hautlieu were victorious in the Post-16 category. 

You can get more information and updates on the De Putron Challenge by following @DePChallenge on Twitter or you can search for ‘De Putron Challenge’ on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/De-Putron-Challenge/172677649487583

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