All set for Zim quiz na­tional fi­nals

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - ACADEMICS - Steven Muza­wazi

THE tele­vised and big­gest High Schools Quiz Tour­na­ment on the land, proudly spon­sored by Old Mu­tual and other stake­hold­ers, kicks off on the 29th of June to the 2nd of July with 30 schools from the coun­try’s 10 Prov­inces bat­tling for supremacy.

THE de­sire to take home the brag­ging rights of who has the sharpest minds in Zim­babwe is bring­ing the much hype to this much ea­gerly awaited con­test. All the schools dubbed the ‘Davids’ and ‘Go­liaths’ of this pres­ti­gious event have at one stage gone on to the big podium amid their coro­na­tion for be­ing the best per­form­ing school, the lat­est be­ing St Marys Beit­bridge, who, on their first ap­pear­ance at the Na­tional Fi­nals, did not have an idea of how to win it. But a com­bi­na­tion of re­newed fight­ing spirit, sheer de­ter­mi­na­tion and amaz­ing an­swer­ing

prow­ess formed the core of the Mat. South School’s daz­zling per­for­mance as the fired up kids si­lenced their fel­low big brothers and sis­ters in a pul­sat­ing tour­na­ment.

It will ob­vi­ously not be easy for St Mary’s Beit­bridge to re­tain the top gong again as they should be aware that other schools will be ea­ger to make am­mends and will not be quiz’s ver­sions of Fa­ther Christ­mas.

2015 win­ners Marist Brothers Inyanga will be seek­ing to bury the dis­ap­point­ment of not be­ing able to be the first school to de­fend the ti­tle, hop­ing to take back the tro­phy to the East­ern bor­der of the coun­try, a feat which will also not come on a sil­ver plat­ter as the likes of Sany­ati, Fletcher, Ru­jeko, Wanezi, John Tal­lack, to name but just a few, sent their in­ten­sions af­ter win­ning their re­spec­tive Provin­cial Tour­na­ments.

Bu­l­awayo schools in the form of Mon­trose , Townsend and North­lea will be hop­ing the the city of kings and queens schools’ cam­paign at the na­tional fi­nals will fi­nally im­press at the coun­try’s big­gest knockout quiz com­pe­ti­tion. Bu­l­awayo rep­re­sen­ta­tives have never tested the ner­vous­ness of be­ing on the Grand fi­nale.

Past win­ners of this Old Mu­tual-spon­sored quiz like St Faith and Mwenezi will tell you that his­tory can re­peat it­self and this year’s tour­ney will present an­other stern test of their ti­tle cre­den­tials.

St Faith, the only school to have ap­peared at all the Na­tional Fi­nals since the in­cep­tion of this tour­na­ment, will be an­other charged buf­falo and will be aim­ing to trans­form their aca­demic fame onto the quiz stage.

2014 win­ners Mwenezi High, whose spir­its were de­flated when they missed out an ap­pear­ance at the na­tion­als, will be ea­ger to re­peat their as­ton­ish­ing show of three years ago.

The sun­shine city will be rep­re­sented by Kuwadzana 2, Prince Ed­ward and Zengeza 1 High. Kuwadzana 2 made a sur­prise ap­pear­ance in last year’s na­tional fi­nal, and with the school re­tain­ing most if not all of their team, con­ti­nu­ity and ex­pe­ri­ence will be key to their ti­tle charge.

Known for their suc­cess in sport­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, Prince Ed­ward will be ea­ger to also show that they are up there when it comes to mind-stretch­ing games. Zengeza have been far­ing very well at the big oc­ca­sion for the past 2 years, man­ag­ing to get to the Semi-fi­nals.

Mt­shabezi, Da­daya and Ma­zowe are some of the schools that were not part of last sea­son’s par­tic­i­pants. They will be joined by Mosi oa Tunya, St An­thony’s, Pa­mushana, Chikangwe, Vim­bai in a league of schools whom odds will be against, but can cause a ma­jor up­set. A bat­tle of Regina Mundis will be on the cards, as both schools from the Mid­lands and Mate­bele­land North put up some en­cour­ag­ing shows in the pre­lim­i­nary rounds.

Mashona­land East prov­ince is slowly turn­ing into a war­zone as Rusu­nun­guko has of late gate­crashed into the de­bate of who owns the brag­ging rights of one of the coun­try’s com­pet­i­tive zones. Goromonzi and St Ig­natius’s ri­valry will be rekin­dled again, with the for­mer hav­ing scooped third prize last year. So, who will win the tele­vised Big One? That ques­tion will be an­swered on the night of Satur­day 1 July 2017.

Spe­cial thanks goes to Old Mu­tual Foun­da­tion , who are the proud spon­sors of the Zim­babwe Schools Quiz Tour­na­ment. For a fourth year run­ning, the Foun­da­tion has been the core bene­fac­tor of the re­vived tele­vised quiz .Old Mu­tual is no stranger to sup­port­ing the devel­op­ment and growth of stu­dents and in­di­vid­u­als as a whole as it has an Maths Olympiad, spon­sor­ship for ju­nior de­vel­op­men­tal rugby and its long dis­tance marathons.

Mid­lands prov­ince win­ners

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