Costello’s Angels win battle of minds

WINNERS.. Tom Diakun, Kaye Blundell, Becky Sutch and Sarah Ash.
WINNERS.. Tom Diakun, Kaye Blundell, Becky Sutch and Sarah Ash.

IN a battle of brainpower at Priestley College, it was Costello’s Angels who took home the trophy.

The team of Sarah Ash, Kaye Blundell, Becky Sutch and Tom Diakun – representing Jan Costello’s tutor group – defeated the Salmonators in a final that tested their grey matter to the limit.

“It is Priestley’s version of University Challenge, but instead of buzzers we put our hands up,” said Tom.

“It started off as a bit of fun, but then it became about pride and we really wanted to win.”

Sarah is from Runcorn and a former Sir Thomas Boteler pupil. She is currently studying Chemistry, Biology and Maths at Priestley College.

Teammate Kaye is from Bewsey and joined Priestley from Bridgewater High School. She is studying English Language, English Literature and History.

Becky, who is from Widnes and a former Bankfield School pupil, said: “We all volunteered and it was a good way of testing our knowledge about things outside of our courses.”

During the competition – which featured 32 teams in the quickfire rounds – the highest score achieved by Costello’s Angels’ was 105 out of 150.

In the final they defeated the team from Mark Salmon’s form – Nick Evans, Meg Booth, Heather Beeton and Matthew Davies.

Senior Tutor Mark Salmon congratulated everyone who took part in the competition, which was held over a number of weeks.

“Everyone competed in good spirit, but as the competition went on you could sense the teams really wanted to win,” he said.

Priestley will be holding an inter-school competition, similar to the Priestley Challenge, in June.

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