DPS Sharjah wins third UAE School Quiz

DPS Sharjah wins third UAE School Quiz

The quiz got an overwhelming response with more than 500 students from various schools in the UAE participating.

By Staff Reporter

Published: Sun 18 May 2014, 12:20 AM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 9:49 PM

The DPS Sharjah team members who came first in the third UAE School Quiz and their teacher hold the trophies they received from NBD vice-president Prateek Vahie and quiz master C. K. Jaidev at The Indian High School, Dubai, on Friday. — KT photo by Mukesh Kamal

The third edition of the UAE School Quiz was held on Friday at Shaikh Rashid Auditorium of the Indian High School, Dubai, that was packed ith students from across the UAE, along with some of their parents and family members.

Emirates NBD presented the event that was supported by Khaleej Times — for the third year running. The quiz got an overwhelming response with more than 500 students from various schools in the UAE participating.

The UAE School Quiz winner was Delhi Private School Sharjah. The second place went to Abu Dhabi Indian School and in the third place, there was Gems Modern Academy.

The level of difficulty was moderate. Quiz master C.K Jaidev asked a mixed bag of questions, ranging from very easy to moderately challenging, keeping in mind the age and grade level of the participating students. There were questions as easy as “For what reason were these two structures lit up in blue recently” that was accompanied with a picture on the projector of Burj Khalifa and Burk Al Arab, and a boy got the answer right, “Expo 2020”.

Jaidev randomly picked out students to answer, saying “yes, there the girl in purple”, or “the boy over there in glasses and maroon blazer”. The students were evidently sharp. “Amazing audience, never lets a question pass,” according to the quiz master.

One knew that Ras Al Khaimah in English translates to “Top of The Tent”, while another knew that the part of his body that Brad Pitt ironically injured while shooting for the movie Troy was his heel. When Jaidev egged him further to get a more specific answer, “which heel?”, the boy replied instead of Achilles Tendon, “this one over here”. This caused much laughter in the auditorium in which outside food and drink was prohibited.

Some other questions asked in the quiz were: which country has the internet country code of AQ, and a boy correctly said Antarctica. About a question on country flags: “yes, the girl in the hijab over there”, as Jaidev asked, got it all wrong. But mostly, the audience comprised animated and enthusiastic students, loudly cheering, who were up to speed on their general knowledge.

Outside the auditorium refreshments were being sold, and water glasses kept on a table. Plenty of popcorn was spilled on the floor, which kept the sweeper occupied in clearing up.

There were plenty of prizes announced. Two people from the audience won iPad minis. And random students who got the more difficult answers right got goodies from Seinheiser.

The three-member winning team each got an iPad Air and a crystal trophy. There were also prizes from Samsung, a Galaxy 3 phone.


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