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Loyola JSR retain Kolkata
WINNER: Loyola School Jamshedpur: Ambarish Jha and Davis Joseph
RUNNER UP: South City Int. School Kolkata: Aritra Kar and Anish Arun

Over 1000 students attended the regional edition at Kolkata from all around the city, including those travelling from Siliguri, Durgapur, Jamshedpur, Kharagpur and Barasat. Pickbrain, a huge crowd favourite in the quiz crazy eastern India, took them through the routines of the prelim with interesting questions from the world of technology. The six schools that made it to the finals included:

GD Goenka School, Siliguri: Abhishek Agarwal and Aman Dey
Kalyani Public School, Barasat: Aratrick Nath and Shouvik Ghosh
Loyola School Jamshedpur: Ambarish Jha and Davis Joseph
DAV Jamshedpur: Avinash Kumar and Alok Kumar
South City Int. School Kolkata: Aritra Kar and Anish Arun
Rajendra Vidyalaya, Jamshepur: Vivek Kumar and Ayush Karn

The final saw the team from DAV blazing away on the buzzer with a dash of over-confidence that led them to a minus 150 rather early. The quiz progressed with the defending champion school on stage, scoring steadily with no fuss or fanfare while the teams from GD Goenka and South City International, stayed in the hunt.

The DAV boys did make a dramatic comeback, but it was way too much ground to regain, as they finished third behind South City International. The Loyola boys in the meantime had established a decent lead but played very carefully ensuring they did not lose turf. That ensured them a slot in the nationals, yet again.

β€œIt is a true delight and a tribute to witness how the east appreciates knowledge as teams from all over the East take part in this event. It is no longer a Kolkata final.” quipped ace quizmaster Pickbrain.

The chief guest Dr. Prashanth Mishra, Dean – New Initiatives, IIM Calcutta, while appreciating the students and the quiz advised them to not get affected by the pressure of success but to express their potential. Mr. Suresh Menon, Vice President and Head TCS East Region, applauded the youngsters and specifically appreciated the schools and teachers for supporting such knowledge initiatives.

Champions : Loyola School, Jamshedpur : Ambarish Jha and Davis Joseph

Runner Up : South City Int. School,Kolkata: Aritra Kar and Anish Arun