THE 47th staging of the Television Jamaica (TVJ) School’s Challenge Quiz climaxed with Calabar High walking away champions after outclassing Titchfield High 38-31 in the final.
The studios of TVJ came alive last Thursday as the boys from Red Hills showed a never-say-die attitude to get past the Portlanders.
The match was keenly contested from the opening segment, with both teams getting off to a good start and ending the round tied on 8-8.
The speed segment was just as exciting with Titchfield trying to pull away from Calabar, but the boys celebrating the 100th anniversary of their school dug deep to level the scores at 27-27 going into the final segment.
The third and final buzzer segment saw last year’s beaten finalist Titchfield High pull ahead, but Calabar again fought back midway through the segment to relegate Titchfield to yet another runner’s up position.
The match ended 37-31 in favour of Calabar, but they were awarded an additional point for a question in the second segment for a final score of 38- 31. The green and black-clad boys were jubilant after their victory while their counterparts were consumed with tears.
Both teams were then showered with prizes, in the awards ceremony that followed immediately after. Munro College walked away with the prize for third place, Immaculate Conception High were the best all girls teams, St Jago copped the prize for the highest score in a single match (65), while Calabar were awarded for the highest points total throughout the competition amongst many other prizes that they received along with runners-up Titchfield.