Prep wins battle of the brains

Students from Cayman Prep came out on top in a nerve-shredding battle of the brains that pitted some of the island’s smartest kids against each other in a quiz-show style contest. 

The Cayman Prep team walked off with iPad minis after winning every round of the Jeopardy-style KPMG Brain Bowl. Cayman International School was second and Grace Christian Academy finished third. 

Teams of four youngsters from nine schools faced off in an elimination competition this week as they fielded brain-testing questions that many of the adults in the audience couldn’t answer. 

Adding to the pressure was a buzzer system, allowing the contestants to interrupt the quiz master as soon as they knew the answer. 

The questions ranged from Caribbean history to literature and mathematics, but for winning team Cayman Prep, the toughest one was about basketball. 

“I think the question about the most points ever scored in an NBA game was the hardest,” said Christopher Fletcher, 17, who was part of the winning team from Cayman Prep, along with Charlotte Hinds, 17, Iain McCallum, 16, and Utkarsha Basu, 15. 

The foursome found time to practice for the contest in between studying for their A-Levels. “The questions don’t really relate directly to what we are studying, it’s more about general knowledge. It’s just for the fun of it really,” said Iain, who was part of Cayman Prep’s winning team last year as well. 

Kevin Lloyd, managing partner from KPMG, was in the quiz master’s chair for the contest held at the Marriot resort Monday. 

He said, “We would like to congratulate all the students for their hard work, preparation, and dedication. This is an impressive accomplishment and we are extremely proud of all the participants.” 

How well would you have done? 

Five questions from the KPMG Brain Bowl 

This instrument vibrates to give a musical note of definite pitch. It has two hard steel prongs and a stem. What is it called?  

What strip is endless, yet has only one side and one edge?  

How much concrete is there in a sidewalk that is 63 feet long, 4 feet wide, and 1/3 foot deep?  

Beginning with the tiniest entity, arrange these objects in order of size: water molecule, cell, chromosome, oxygen atom.  

It moves by forming an extension of its body, called a pseudopod, and flowing into it. What is this single-celled animal called?  

Answers: 1. Tuning fork. 2. Mobius band. 3. 84 cubic feet. 4. Oxygen atom, water molecule, chromosome, cell. 5. Amoeba. 

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