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Ardenne beats St Jago to become six-time Schools' Challenge Quiz winner

Published:Tuesday | March 31, 2015 | 10:23 PMJovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

Ardenne High School is the 2015 champion of TVJ’s Schools' Challenge Quiz.

They comfortably beat St. Jago 28-16 to lift the coveted trophy for the sixth time in the competition's 46-year history.

It was a keen tussle up to the buzzer section.

Ardenne from St. Andrew, buzzed only once in the four-minute period but was never threatened.

St. Jago, a St Catherine-based school, on the other hand, was the more active team but never exceeded the 22 points with which they entered the section.

Ardenne led 5-4 after the first section and 26-22 at the end of the second. 

There was some drama in the second section, known as the speed challenge, where teams could answer as many questions in three separate 60-second periods.

St. Jago passed a question that required the name of the only non-American to have won the American-based Scripps Howard Spelling Bee championship.

The answer would have been Jamaica’s Jody-Anne Maxwell, a past student of tonight’s champions, Ardenne.

One member of the St Jago team was heard saying to his colleagues, "the Jamaican girl, the Jamaican girl" but, appearing under pressure, the team opted to pass the question.

At the end of the match, Ardenne captain, Horace Facey, said his team’s path to the title was "riddled with many hurdles."

He praised his team mates and commended the other 63 schools which entered the competition which started in January.

Facey also thanked the late Spelling Bee coaching great and past Ardenne quiz coach, Reverend Glen Archer.

"Thank you for believing in the team. Your legacy will continue to burn," he said. 

Ardenne previously won the title in 1973, 1997, 1998, 2000 and 2013