Westhoughton girl crowned Child Genius 2014

Westhoughton girl crowned Child Genius 2014

Sharon Daniel her trophy and proud parents

Sharon Daniel with her trophy

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The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , education reporter

A SCHOOLGIRL from Westhoughton has been crowned the nation’s brainiest youngster.

Sharon Daniel was crowned Child Genius 2014 in the dramatic final of the four-week Channel 4 documentary to find Britain’s brightest child.

The Bolton School pupil was one of 20 youngsters chosen to feature in the documentary and on Sunday, Sharon, a girls chess champion, went head-to-head with her eight-year-old rival Tudor — after successfully challenging the judges when they marked an answer she gave as incorrect.

The 12-year-old said: “It was awesome to reach the final of Child Genius. I am overjoyed and elated to be crowned Child Genius 2014.”

She chose the degree level Battle of Stamford Bridge as her specialist subject and proved the judges were wrong for saying she was incorrect for describing the Orre’s Storm as the last phase of the battle.

Her successful challenge took her through to the final where she was the first to get 10 general knowledge questions right.

Sharon, whose ambitions are to contribute to the field of medical science, said: “I was replaying my performance in my mind again before I was preparing to go for the tie breaker and that's when I realised that one of my questions had been marked incorrect when it was correct.

“I was certain that it was the right answer when I was challenging the expert.”

She said her favourite part of the competition was the memory recall rounds where the young people had to memorise the London tube map and two decks of cards.

Sharon said: “This was a chance to try out something that you wouldn't do on a daily basis.

“Swotting up on the tube map was the hardest task because the average adult can only memorise seven stations and I had to memorise 170.”

Following her victory, the delighted youngster, who has already won more than 50 trophies and medals from her chess success, told her parents, who are both doctors, that they would need a new cabinet for her latest trophy.

On the show, she said: “We need a new cabinet for this trophy, I did not think it was going to be this big.”

Bolton School Girls’ Division headmistress Sue Hincks said: “Everyone in the girls’ division is delighted at Sharon’s success in the Child Genius final, which is a tribute to her intelligence, hard work and determination.

"It was clear from the programme what a thoroughly delightful child she is.

"She has studied independently to reach an excellent knowledge of her chosen topic area and her memory skills showed themselves to be outstanding.

"In school, she is strong in all of her subjects and is well liked by her peers.”

 

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11:42am Mon 11 Aug 14

mattaiuseire says...

Congratulations to Sharon and her parents, how good it is to see some positive news coming from the local area for a change.
Congratulations to Sharon and her parents, how good it is to see some positive news coming from the local area for a change. mattaiuseire
  • Score: 31

2:36pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Lancashire always says...

Fantastic award and well deserved well done !!
:)
Fantastic award and well deserved well done !! :) Lancashire always
  • Score: 19

2:39pm Mon 11 Aug 14

catsden says...

Congratulations, but she acts far older than her age, a pity for they grow up soon enough, I think she is far too old for her age.
Congratulations, but she acts far older than her age, a pity for they grow up soon enough, I think she is far too old for her age. catsden
  • Score: -14

4:45pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Terry McC says...

watched her win last night knew one question better than the judges well done great for you your parents and Westhoughton :-D
watched her win last night knew one question better than the judges well done great for you your parents and Westhoughton :-D Terry McC
  • Score: 13

7:12pm Mon 11 Aug 14

davidlpercival says...

well done, nice to see that westhoughton has got real talent lol
well done, nice to see that westhoughton has got real talent lol davidlpercival
  • Score: 11

5:28am Tue 12 Aug 14

suddy1 says...

Well done to Sharon,and her parents.
Well done to Sharon,and her parents. suddy1
  • Score: 8

3:10pm Tue 12 Aug 14

knowledgeiskey says...

Fantastic - but a child should remain a child for as long as they can. Playing out,dolls,coloring, dress up etc - she came across as very boring and plain although am sure she isn't
Fantastic - but a child should remain a child for as long as they can. Playing out,dolls,coloring, dress up etc - she came across as very boring and plain although am sure she isn't knowledgeiskey
  • Score: -3

8:58pm Tue 12 Aug 14

ceartas says...

En passant, congratulations Sharon - a self taught genius - unlike most of the other kids on the programme who were coached by their overzealous parents. I will be watching your chess progress from distant Scotland. Enjoy your childhood and your fame but don't grow up too quickly.
En passant, congratulations Sharon - a self taught genius - unlike most of the other kids on the programme who were coached by their overzealous parents. I will be watching your chess progress from distant Scotland. Enjoy your childhood and your fame but don't grow up too quickly. ceartas
  • Score: 6

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