Monday, October 10, 2016

Sheer Genius! Kids From Voortrekker High School & St. Andrew's School Make It Through To Nickelodeon Africa's "Genius" Quiz Show Challenge; Bloemfontein Finalists Announced

Official Nickelodeon Africa Press Release via Entertainment Inside Us:

Sheer Genius! Kids From Voortrekker High School & St. Andrew's School Make It Through To Nickelodeon's Genius Quiz Show Challenge

Bloemfontein Finalists Announced

Free State’s smartest kids went head-to-head in the regional heats of Nickelodeon’s Genius brought to you by ABSA. After a gruelling 2 days of maths quizzes, science experiments and problem-solving tasks, teams from Voortrekker high school in Bethlehem and St Andrews combined school in Bloemfontein made it through to the next leg of the TV quiz show.

Heading onto the next phase of Nickelodeon’s Genius are Làneri Pretorius, Petrie Van Staden and J.C Pretorius from Voortrekker High School and Jasim Saleem, Jonathan Muteba and Keoratile Mochaki from St Andrew’s school. Each team has won a R50,000 ABSA MegaU bank account as well as a donation from Cambridge Publishing of R10,000 worth of books for their schools.

The two qualifying teams from Bloemfontein will next appear in the Nickelodeon Genius TV game show, where they will square up against teams from all over South Africa.

A total of twenty seven kids aged 11-16 from schools throughout the region gathered at the Naval Hill Planetarium from 21-22 September to take part in the Nickelodeon Genius workshop and knockout quiz, designed to test their maths and science know-how to the limit as part of the joint initiative between Nickelodeon and ABSA.

“All the kids in Bloemfontein showed great resilience and spirit. The competition was very tough, but the two finalists really knew their stuff, and 100% deserved to get through. Although only 2 teams could be selected, every child who took part should be extremely proud of themselves. We are thrilled for the winning teams and cannot wait to see them take part in the finals,” said Tasania Parsadh, Channel Director, Nickelodeon, Africa.

Nickelodeons Genius is powered by ABSA MegaU, and supported by the Government’s Department of Basic Education (DBE) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST). The winners will receive an amazing prize: a ZAR 100,000 ABSA MegaU account for each member of the winning team and an unforgettable visit to NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, USA - where the winners will eat lunch with a real, live astronaut – and a trip to Universal Studios! The winning schools will receive books and educational material worth ZAR 30, 000, courtesy of Cambridge Publishing.

Initial highlights of Nickelodeon’s Genius regional heats and workshops will air on NickToons (DStv channel 308) from December 2016, and the game show will air from March 2017.

For more information on the GENIUS quiz show, please log on to, like Nickelodeon on Facebook or follow Nickelodeon on Twitter @NickAfrica using the hashtag #NickGenius.

About Nickelodeon’s Genius
Nickelodeon’s Genius is a fun science and maths quiz from kids and family experts Nickelodeon designed to engage school age kids in Maths and Science. The first season of Nickelodeon’s Genius took place on 2013 and was won by Rameez Chicktay (13), Amin Banderker (13) and Kayur Ranchod (13) from The Grove Primary School in Grove Park, Western Cape.

Terms & Conditions
Nickelodeon’s Genius is open to South African kids aged 11-16 (Grades 6-10). To sign up for the competition go to For full terms and conditions please go to

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