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Monday, 22 September 2014

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Furness Academy and Walney triumph as semis go down to wire

TWO nail-biting semi-finals in an academic contest went down to the wire with both teams being on equal points at the buzzer.

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CLOSE The Top of the Form 2014 semi-finals took place at Furness Academy. Main picture, left, the Ulverston Victoria High School team, centre, quizmaster Jordan McNamee and right, the Furness Academy team. Inset left, the Walney School Top of the Form team with student supporters from their school. Inset right, Furness Academy team members, from top, Emma Griffiths, Robbie Simpson, captain Rebecca Cornick and Brandon Wilson MILTON HAWORTH REF: 50061296B006

The Top of the Form 2014 finalists were eventually decided by just five points and 10 points.

Furness Academy, in Barrow, was the setting for the semi-finals of the competition for schools runs by BAE Systems.

The challenging questions and practical task all have a focus on science, technology, engineering and maths as devised by graduates, industrial placements and trainees from Barrow’s BAE.

In heat one reigning champions Furness Academy were at home to Ulverston Victoria High School. There was a good crowd of supporters.

The lead went back and forth between the two teams and at the buzzer both were equal on 555 points. But after a check by the competition’s independent adjudicators UVHS were deducted 10 points which should not have been awarded. In heat two Walney School took on St Bernard’s Catholic High School.

Walney had brought a vocal crowd of travelling supporters.

Again, this heat finished level at 505 points at the buzzer. An extra one minute was put on the clock for questions and Walney triumphed by 525 points to 520.

The final will be held at The Coronation Hall on April 28.

The teams are; Furness Academy – Brandon Wilson, Emma Griffiths, Robbie Simpson and captain Rebecca Cornick, Walney School – captain Brad Roden, Laura May, Jake Stockdale and Gracie Croft.

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