A LAST-MINUTE bold move by Anderson Junior College (AJC) allowed it to pip Raffles Institution (RI) to the top of the scoreboard in the second quiz round of The Straits Times-Ministry of Education National Current Affairs Quiz yesterday.
In the final segment - where teams chose questions of different difficulty levels for different point values - the AJC team chose to play a "double the points" card on their last turn. It would have earned them twice the points for a right answer, and cost them twice the deduction if they were wrong.
They gave the right answer, and earned 110 points in all.
In second place was RI with 100 points. The two teams from Serangoon Junior College ended with 30 and zero points respectively.
AJC'S team leader, JC 1 student Chia Kai Teck, 17, said he and his team-mates Kyle Ang and Sheryl Yang, both 16, did not expect to beat Raffles Institution.
"AJC has always been regarded as a neighbourhood school. The quiz is a platform to show that we can be as good," said Kai Teck.
Earlier, a talk about terrorism and security threats to Singapore kept students riveted.
The Straits Times deputy political editor Zakir Hussain spoke about the multiple kinds of security threats that Singapore has faced. These included the Little India riot of 2013 as well as the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (Sars) pandemic in 2003. He sparked off an hour-long question-and-answer session where students asked about everything from cyber security measures to religious terrorist attacks.
Ayush Chattoraj, 17, from Nanyang Junior College, said of the session: "I thought it was very helpful."
The quiz, which aims to ignite interest in current affairs, is organised by The Straits Times and the Ministry of Education, with Singapore Press Holdings as the presenting sponsor.
Go to www.straitstimes.com/thebigquiz for more information
Additional reporting by Liu Fangzhou and Laremy Lee