Belmont student's impressive performance on University Challenge
Katherine Monks and the rest of the University of Liverpool team with University Challenge host Jeremy Paxman
BRIGHT young thing Katherine Monks held her nerve when she appeared on the BBC2 quiz show University Challenge.
The 19-year-old, from Belmont village, was part of the University of Liverpool team, which scored an outstanding 295-40 victory against Keele University.
The former Bolton School pupil is studying classics at the university and drew on her knowledge — and love of quizzes — to take the first starter, knowing there are 24 books in the Iliad.
She followed it up with her second starter by knowing that a British Army officer’s personal servant has the same name as a river in Turkey — Batman.
The student ended the night with nine starters to her name and remained unfazed by the cult quiz’s host, Jeremy Paxman.
Katherine left Bolton School last year, but could not wait to share her success with her former teachers.
In an email, she said: “As you may remember from my time in your form, I love quizzes and volunteering for opportunities.
“I combined these joys at university as I was selected for Liverpool’s University Challenge team.”
Headteacher Sue Hincks said: “Katherine’s performance was very impressive.
“She ended the night with nine starters and also stole the final points of the game to further cement the victory.”
Katherine’s team members were Captain Chris Spencer, Daniel Jenkin-Smith and Luke Nugent.
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