KUCHING: Two teams of St Joseph’s Private School students here respectively emerged as national champion and first runner-up in the 25th National Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) Bible Knowledge Quiz 2021.
The quiz spokesperson said the second runner-up went to Ivan Yap and Emery Edgar Kabi from SM St Patrick, Tawau.
“We headed into the quiz with many doubts and worries but now we are beyond grateful and happy that everything we put into this was fruitful.
“Our success was not without tears, frustration and dedication, so we are really glad all our prayers and revision paid off!
“Coming out on top made me realise the truth behind the saying ‘a worker should be given his pay, for whoever does their best will definitely be rewarded’,” said the champs Eunice Wong and Natalie Song.
Meanwhile, the first runners-up Lau Zhi You and Ehlena Lau, expressed that the experience being in the quiz competition was a rollercoaster ride of emotions but the result was more than satisfactory justification to the sleepless nights and efforts they put in.
“We are relieved our efforts brought us thus far. I would like to also credit my partner and teachers who have made this first and last time possible. Slip-ups, bumps and jittery nerves aside, it was truly a feat won through ‘ora et labora’ (prayer and labour),” added Lau.
The said quiz was held via Zoom on Saturday (Aug 4). There were 169 teams from all over Malaysia in the semi-finals which was held online on July 31 using multiple-choice questions (MCQ) format.
Meanwhile, the final was between 10 teams which competed using an oral quiz format.
According to its spokesperson, there were three teams from St Joseph’s Private School which represented the Kuching region. The others were SMK Methodist Sibu representing Miri/Sibu/Bintulu region; SM St Patrick Tawau and SM Lok Yuk Kota Kinabalu representing Sabah/Labuan region; SMJK Chung Ling and Penang Chinese Girls’ High School for northern region; St Francis Institution Melaka representing southern region; and Wesley Methodist School Kuala Lumpur (International) for central region.
“This year marks the 25th anniversary of the SPM National Bible Knowledge quiz which was endorsed by the Malaysian Ministry of Education (MOE).
“This quiz is open to all students from Form 3 to 5, and is based on the Bible Knowledge paper which is offered as an elective in SPM every year,” he explained.