Bedford Modern Junior School quiz team triumphed at the Quiz Club National Championships held at Dulwich College on 11 June for the second year running, winning the final in nail-biting style on the very last question.

More than 400,000 students from independent, grammar and state schools take part in the competition making it the largest inter-school competition in the country. Each championship runs through three rounds culminating in the prestigious National Finals each year.

The BMS team, which consisted of Dominic Khan (Year 3), Monty Hanford (Year 4), George Western (Year 5) and Meelan Jakku (Year 6), scored 1935 points to be awarded first place with the school finishing in second place scoring 1,895 points.  On the final question it was eight year old Dominic, the youngest member of the team, who claimed victory for BMS showing his exemplary knowledge of the planet Uranus.

It was hard fought with a number of prestigious schools, such as Felsted and Holy Cross to name but two, all competing for this illustrious prize.  Meelan Jakku, who is 11 years old, said: “The quiz was very tense from the start and even the journey felt like an adventure!  I could hardly believe it when we won!”

Mr Capuano, Director of Studies at Bedford Modern Junior School explained: “This is a truly outstanding achievement by an amazing collection of very talented BMS students. The team performed exceptionally well throughout and stuck to the strategy discussed, scoring vital points in 38 out of the 40 questions. 

“It was a very tense and closely fought battle that went down to the very last question.  When this appeared on the screen you could quite clearly see the anguish on the faces of three of the boys as they didn’t know the answer. It was left to our youngest member, Dominic Khan to impart his wisdom and answer it in superb style. 

“To win this prestigious competition is quite an astounding feat, but to retain the title as we did for a second year makes it even more impressive. Well done, team!”

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