The pupils from Scoil Mhuire na Trocaire Ardee were the big winners at the annual Ardee Credit Union School Quiz held at the Bohemian Centre in Ardee on Monday evening (February 3).
Both the Under 13 and Under 11 teams from the school won their respective competitions in a hotly contested competition that involved a total of 12 rounds of tough questions – 10 for the junior teams and two more for the seniors.
The Under 13 team (Laoise Chanda, Sofia Keogh, Emily Callan and Ava McKeown), having prepared brilliantly for the competition by Ms Kim Rust, earned 53 points to narrowly pip Monastery Boys NS and Drumconrath NS to first place. After a tie of 52 points each, both of those schools played out a tie-breaker with the boys from Ardee winning by one point to finish second in the B section.
In the A section, the girls from Scoil Mhuire (Maisey Brady, Emma Boyle, Maggie Kerin and Joyce Sebastian) won with 38 points, with Drumconrath NS finishing second with an impressive 35 points. Monastery Boys NS, Collon NS, Ballapousta NS and Dromiskin NS pushed them close.
In total, two teams from ten schools across Mid-Louth and east Meath took part in the event. Those schools were: Ballapousta NS, Collon NS, Drumconrath NS, Monastery Boys Ardee, Newtown NS, Scoil Mhuire na Trocaire, Louth Village NS, Tallanstown NS, Dromiskin NS and Darver NS.
The two winning teams from Scoil Mhuire will now represent Ardee Credit Union in the Chapter Final to be held in three weeks time. At Chapter level, the teams will compete against other winning teams from across Louth, Cavan and Monaghan. If they emerge victorious from that, they will compete in the National Finals on Sunday April 5.
Each year, 25,000 children nationwide take part in the Credit Unions Schools Quiz.
*All photography by Ken Finegan/Newspics.