Extra! current affairs quiz

Dunstan High School pupils India O'Donnell-Fluit (13), Harry Johnston (13) and James Moore (14)...
Dunstan High School pupils India O'Donnell-Fluit (13), Harry Johnston (13) and James Moore (14) take a breather between rounds. Photos by Sarah Marquet; prints available from otagoimages.co.nz
Dunstan High School pupils Tain Laing (13), Jack Paulin (14) and Adriana Mawhinney (14) check...
Dunstan High School pupils Tain Laing (13), Jack Paulin (14) and Adriana Mawhinney (14) check their answers before handing them in.
Interpreting the cartoon proves  difficult  for Maniototo Area School pupils Alex Greer (14),...
Interpreting the cartoon proves difficult for Maniototo Area School pupils Alex Greer (14), Jamie Hill (13) and Reuben Pyle (13).
Pupils listen to answers from the previous round.
Pupils listen to answers from the previous round.
Cromwell College pupils Elsa Mannering (15), Larissa Schwass (14) and Bailey Jellyman (15) scan...
Cromwell College pupils Elsa Mannering (15), Larissa Schwass (14) and Bailey Jellyman (15) scan the Otago Daily Times for answers in the scavenger hunt round.
Otago Daily times Extra! current affairs quiz winners (front row, from left) Maddie Grant (15),...
Otago Daily times Extra! current affairs quiz winners (front row, from left) Maddie Grant (15), Kane Andrew (14) and Matt Hesson (14), of Dunstan High School; middle row: third-placed Dunstan High School team of Nikki Wheeler (14), Connor McCone (14)...

International current events proved to be one of the hardest rounds at the Otago Daily Times Extra! Current events quiz in Cromwell last night.

For the winning team, Dunstan High School pupils Maddie Grant (15), Kane Andrew (14) and Matt Hesson (14), the hardest round was the last one.

"The last one [was the hardest] because of the pressure of knowing we were up there and wondering whether we could hang on," Maddie said.

They were a well practised team, however, with a combined total of almost 15 years' Extra! experience.

Though they had all received placings at other competitions, this was the first time any of them had won.

They scored 91 out of 100.

The Cromwell College team of David Kaufononga (14), Bradley Ashe (13) and Georgia Jackson (14) took second place with a score of 86.

One point behind, with a score of 85, another Dunstan High School team of Nikki Wheeler (14), Connor McCone (14) and Alex Peacock (14) took third place.

Thirty-two teams of three years 9 and 10 pupils from schools around Central Otago competed over 10 rounds of current events questions.

The quiz has already been held in Dunedin and Christchurch and will be held in Timaru next week.

ODT Extra! quizzes are part of the newspaper's Class Act project which celebrates the excellence of young people.

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