SCQ : Charlemont upsets KC - dedicates victory to late teacher
Number 17 seed Charlemont High School is the first team to advance to the quarter-finals of TVJ's Schools Challenge Quiz 2017, after they outmatched number one seed Kingston College (KC) 30 to 27.
The victory was especially poignant as captain Shomari Hutchinson, in the customary captain's comments after the match, dedicated the victory to late Charlemont math teacher Tanijah Howell.
Howell was found dead last month after going missing. Though not a stranger to the quarter-final stage of this competition, Hutchinson said Charlemont intends to go all the way.
He told THE STAR that the contest was a crucial encounter.
"This victory is a big step forward, a lot of motivation for us. We vision that we can go on to win this competition", he said.
The encounter, however, versus pre-tournament favourites KC was a thriller.
The match was won on the final question after KC gave an incorrect answer.
Down by one, they failed to answer correctly when asked who was the head of the Consumer Affairs Commission.
It was a ding-dong battle for much of the match after the opening challenge ended 8 to 7 in favour of KC.
Charlemont, however, took over control of the speed section and lead 26 to 21 heading into the exciting buzzer section.
The boys of North Street left the studio before THE STAR could get a reflection or comment.
The rest of round three promises to be exciting with teams from across Jamaica prepared to lock horns for the prestigious crown.