City School wins State Level Science Quiz

City School wins State Level Science Quiz

Thane’s AK Joshi English Medium School won the finals of the state level inter-school science quiz held on 16 January 2005 at the Nehru Science Centre, in Worli, Mumbai. Viviktesh Agwan and Shree Patwardhan, class IX students from A K Joshi, emerged winners from among 32 participants representing 16 schools from across the state.  G S Rautela, Director of Nehru Science Centre, gave away the prizes.

Organised by Jidnyasa Trust, a student welfare NGO from Thane, the quiz was part of yearlong celebration of 2004 as the "Year of Scientific Awareness". Schools from 19 districts reached the finals. In the finals, there was a written test, followed by a round of quiz. Only four of the 19 schools reached the last round of the finals, and A K Joshi was the fourth in scores, not a very comfortable rank to be in. At the end of second round of the finals, Viviktesh and Shree were again placed at fourth position. "The third round was the turning point, when we got all answers right and raced past our opponents," revealed Viviktesh. From then on, there was no looking back and the A K Joshi team sealed their victory in last, rapid fire round.

When asked how they prepared for the Quiz, the duo was rather nonchalant about it, attributing their success to their aptitude, hard work and support of their teachers. This is not the first time that Viviktesh and Shree have done their school and city proud. Three years ago, Shree won the gold medal at the Homi Bhabha Young Scientist Exam for class VI students, while his fellow participant, Viviktesh was the silver medallist at the same exam. The twosome confess to being science-freaks, who spend most of their free periods reading up science books. "We are fascinated by science and love to explore its various aspects," said Shree. This year too they are appearing for the Young Scientist Exam for class IX students, and have already reached the practicals stage, looking all set for bringing home some more trophies.  

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