Bright Ashburton minds dominate top three places

Twenty teams from Ashburton, Timaru and Oamaru competed in the years 9-10 Otago Daily Times Extra...
Twenty teams from Ashburton, Timaru and Oamaru competed in the years 9-10 Otago Daily Times Extra! Central South Island current event quiz in Timaru last night. PHOTOS: GRETA YEOMAN
Ashburton College pupils (from left) Max Clarke, Sam Orr and Seb McMillan (all 13) claimed first...
Ashburton College pupils (from left) Max Clarke, Sam Orr and Seb McMillan (all 13) claimed first place, beating two other Ashburton College teams for the top spot.
Waitaki Boys' pupils (from left) Rory McLeod (14), Will Plunket (14) and Jarod Kelly (15) enjoy...
Waitaki Boys' pupils (from left) Rory McLeod (14), Will Plunket (14) and Jarod Kelly (15) enjoy the atmosphere.
Craighead Diocesan School team (from left) Kate Harrison (13), Lucy Murphy (14) and Abby Lowe (14...
Craighead Diocesan School team (from left) Kate Harrison (13), Lucy Murphy (14) and Abby Lowe (14), of Timaru, look through the Otago Daily Times.
Timaru Girls' High School pupils (from left) Jayda Prue (14), Makayla Low (15) and Charlize...
Timaru Girls' High School pupils (from left) Jayda Prue (14), Makayla Low (15) and Charlize Batoon (14) check their answer.

It was an evening of Ashburton domination at last night's years 9-10 Otago Daily Times Extra! Central South Island current events quiz, as Ashburton College claimed all three top spots.

Team 13's Max Clarke, Sam Orr and Seb McMillan, from the college, won first place in the inter-school event, answering 86 of 110 current events questions correctly.

They were followed by Team 21 from Ashburton College, which scored 79 points to take second, while Team 7 from the school was third with 78.

Hosted at Timaru Girls' High School hall last night, the years 9-10 event followed the years 5-6 and years 7-8 quizzes, which were held in the town on Wednesday evening.

While Timaru schools had dominated Wednesday's events, Ashburton claimed the top spots last night.

There were 20 teams from schools in Oamaru, Timaru and Ashburton competing in the Central South Island quiz, often with multiple teams entered from each school.

Spot prizes were also given out following a quiz section featuring answers found in the Otago Daily Times.

Participants were asked to fold their newspapers back to the highest standard they could, in exchange for a spot prize for the best.

While one Ashburton College team's entry looked like a bundle of newsprint ready to light a fire, another team from the school was rewarded for their newspaper reconstruction efforts.

The Central South Island quiz, held in Timaru, follows similar events held in Christchurch earlier this week, and precedes other contests to be held around Otago later in the year.

The quizzes are run by the Otago Daily Times, through Extra!, its monthly Newspapers in Education publication for primary, intermediate and junior secondary school pupils.

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