By OGIA MIAMEL
THE Think Tank Quiz Highlands regional challenge was held for the first time last month in Kundiawa, the home town of director and presenter John Kama.
Students from all over the Highlands and within Chimbu flocked into town to witness their fellow students battling in the three days of mental challenge.
Kama was overwhelmed with the attendance of Eastern Highlands, Chimbu, Jiwaka, Western Highlands and Enga students who participated in the challenge.
The top 12 students of each province were sent to be part of the quiz. The three-day event was hosted at the Kundiawa Lutheran Day High School hall.
The winner will represent the Highlands region in the national challenge coming up December in Port Moresby.
Kama was proud to have the show in his home province and to have a huge turnout of both students and public servants was a complement to the event.
The travelling students also enjoyed the hospitality of the Chimbu people and the kindness shown towards them.
“It was good to take TTQ back home to my people and I couldn’t believe seeing nearly 2,000 people turning up to be our live audience,” Kama said.
Team Enga won two of the primary shows while teams Chimbu and WHP each won the secondary shows. The host province proved unbeatable in the tertiary and open categories by winning all the challenges.
Chimbu provincial administrator Joe Kunda who opened the challenge was thankful for the show to be in the province.
This show will not only encourage students to study hard but also boost their confidence, he said.
The Kundiawa Lutheran Day High School principal and staff were grateful for TTQ and Big Rooster for bringing the show to Chimbu and allowing their school to host it.
“This is a very popular national TV show and we feel very privileged to be chosen to host this great exciting, entertaining educational event again. The department must continue to support TTQ,” provincial education advisor Essy Wailkaima said.
TTQ acknowledged Big Rooster, the Education Department, Air Niugini, Next of Kin, NBC TV and other local sponsors for their continued support in making the shows possible.
East Sepik will play host to the Momase region challenge in August. After that the TTQ team will travel to Kavieng to stage the New Guinea Islands challenge in October and in December all the winners will be flown to Port Moresby for the national quiz grand finale.
Any province or organisation interested to host TTQ can contact TTQ at NBC TV office in Port Moresby or email them on [email protected]
By OGIA MIAMEL