the youngest ever crowned BBC Mastermind quiz
The youngest champion in the contest's
London, Dec. 22, 2007
Col. Surunder Singh
NRI David Verghese, ten-year-old,
a student of Merchant Taylors' Junior School, Crossby, Merseyside
beat three other boys in the final by securing 31 points in total,
15 on his specialist subject and 16 in the general knowledge round.
He is the youngest champion in the history of television BBC quiz
show, Junior Mastermind
He was also the youngest of all the 16 finalists the BBC team
selected from hundreds of applicants from across the country to
appear on the BBC1 show and sailed through the heats, where his
specialist subject was the Jurassic Park trilogy.
He was quizzed on his specialist subject – the work of
Star Wars director George Lucas. Actually it was science fiction
that helped him make the final and amazing knowledge of the Jurassic
Park trilogy in an earlier heat.
- I am a big fan of sci-fi and think Star Wars is the absolute
gold standard for sci-fi fans around the world. I had the Jurassic
Park trilogy as his specialist subject.
- I love the challenge of quizzes and I don't get nervous. I
put everything else out of my mind and try to focus on the questions.
- I have a passion for books. I've been reading for as long
as I can remember. I read for at least two hours every night.
My interest in science fiction is not restricted to just watching
movies. My favorites are J R R Tolkien, H G Wells and, last
but not least, Isaac Asimov. I can read them again and again
and not get bored.
- The secret of my success was simple: “plenty of reading”.
- David'S parents are both doctors and he was introduced to
Star Wars by his father, George, 43
- He had wanted to appear on Junior Mastermind ever since he
first watched it three years ago, but the rules were quite clear
that no one younger than ten was allowed to apply
- Mrs Verghese said, “David has this insatiable quest
for knowledge. Junior Mastermind was just another opportunity
for him to do some more in-depth reading and to challenge himself.”
Brian Bennett, school headmaster said:
- David is a gifted and talented child who has developed his
natural gifts through voracious reading.
- More importantly he is a pleasure to teach and is extremely
popular with his many friends.
David attends £5,000-a-year Merchant Taylors' Junior School,
Crosby, Merseyside. David has a six-year-old brother, is top in
all his classes.
David has now set his sights on studying at either Cambridge
or Massachusetts Institute of Technology to pursue his dream of
becoming a film director.