University of Lincoln’s University Challenge is back again this year and two schools in the county have already qualified for September’s final.
Lincoln’s Priory LSST and Louth’s King Edward VI Grammar became the first two schools to qualify for September’s final after winning the regional heat in Lincoln on July 5.
The four remaining regional heats will take place across Leeds (July 7), Birmingham (July 11), London (July 12) and Cambridge (July 13) and Leeds this month with two schools qualifying from each heat with three wildcards being chosen afterwards.
Lincoln Performing Arts Centre will host the final on September 22 where the 13 teams will battle out to for the £1,000 prize for their school plus £50 for every member of the winning team.
Emma Jubbs, Head of Undergraduate Recruitment at the University of Lincoln, said: “Lincoln’s University Challenge always proves popular and this year is no different with so many schools and colleges taking part. The questions are tougher than ever, and the results in the first heat were really close, with all the participants putting on an impressive display of general knowledge. I’m looking forward to the final when we can challenge them even further and see who will be crowned the winners.”
Jack Leeming (17), who is studying A Level maths, physics, and chemistry at King Edward VI Grammar, said: “We were surprised and proud to be one of the winners, we mostly wanted to have fun, which we did.
“We really took our time on the answers, so we were often the last team to submit, and thought we’d probably not have done as well because of that, but I think the time we spent really deliberating, especially over the ones that we were really unsure on, helped us get more points. We can’t believe we’re going to the final.”