"Enthralling, Entertaining and Top notch" are some of the adjectives that be used to describe this years IT Wiz edition at Lucknow. The quiz, only in its third year at Lucknow, brought about a stunning announcement to the rest of the quizzing fraternity - we have arrived and how!
The Lucknow edition became the first to play host to an international school, as teams from Hau Yi Singapore took part this year.
The prelim which was meant to put the participants through the litmus test, saw teams crack some brilliant answers with utmost élan. With top teams cracking as many as seventeen out of the twenty questions in the prelim we were in for a riveting final. The big names from Lucknow like the City Montessori School, two teams from The Lucknow Public School - LPS (one from Sector I and the other from Sector D) and Montfort College Lucknow made it to the final. This year also witnessed the emergence of two non Lucknow Schools - Summer Valley School, Deharadun and the Seth Anandaram Jaipuria School, Kanpur in the finals.
The final began with a couple of teams taking an early lead and the rest playing catch up in the early rounds, the final got really gripping towards the final three rounds when everyone seemed to have the urge to win. As the quiz progressed the duo Utkarsh Mishra and Aakash Tewari from LPS zipped past the rest to stamp their authority. As we entered the final round with The Lucknow Public School, Sector I on 65 points and the City Montessori School at 25 points, The Lucknow Public School, Sector D at 30 and the Summer Valley School, Deharadun at 20 points.
Life is about taking chances as well as having a strategy that will work for you. The Summer Valley School, Deharadun took the former to leapfrog from a fourth place to finish second with three brilliant answers in the final round. Despite this final surge they were fifteen points behind the eventual winners The Lucknow Public School, Sector I who were by the most consistent team.
Lucknow has definitely set itself a tall order, the coming years are definitely are sure to produce more quizzing brilliance at the future editions of the TCS IT Wiz………