Campion College confident of victory
With what their principal, Grace Baston, calls a meteoric rise after just five years of participating in the School's Challenge Quiz, Campion High School are quietly confident that they will be victorious in tomorrow's final against Titchfield High School.
Although the 56-year-old school has a history of academic excellence in Jamaica, they have only participated in the 47-year-old competition six times - once in 1982 and the past five years.
Relatively new to the popular academic quizzing competition, Campion College is heading into its second final in three years after losing to Kingston College in 2014.
According to the team captain, Jason Sherman, who is the only remaining player from the 2014 team, they are aiming to change his team's fortune this time around.
"The last time we were too confident and thought we had won already going into the final, so we were not focused and that's how we lost the game," he explained.
According to Sherman, the team has been practising together since last year July and they are feeling cautiously confident.
"We have beaten Titchfield on two occasions and we are of the feeling that we have done a lot of hard work to be able to beat them," he added.
The coach, who restarted Campion's participation in School Challenge Quiz in 2011, Randal Campbell, is also confident that they will win.
"I expected them to reach the finals from the start of the season because they have not lost a practise game all season," he said.
The Jamaica College old boy, who coached at his alma mater before his stint at Campion, said the quarter final match against Kingston College that went to sudden death was the only game that had him worried.
The controversy, which resulted from that victory with claims that Kingston College had lost four points incorrectly during the match and should have been declared winners, received national attention, but according to Campbell this did not distract the team.
"I kept them off social media because they have to remain focused on winning the competition so we drowned out that noise," said Campbell.
With past and currents students elated about the team's performance thus far, Baston said a viewing party will be hosted in the school's courtyard.