COLLEGE brainboxes have been rewarded after doing well in a University challenge event.
Four teenagers from Hartlepool Sixth Form College, in Blakelock Road, Hartlepool, took part in the challenge at Durham University.
The team was made up of Year 12 student Alex Hughes, Year 12 student Declan Carroll, Year 13 student Lauren Harrington and Year 12 student Ryan Baxter.
Although the team were knocked out in the first round the team was just one bonus question - worth five marks - away from getting into the semi final.
College bosses say they are proud of their efforts.
It is an annual event and the college team was up against competition from University teams, teams from local sixth form colleges and teams from the community.
The students were presented with their certificates and a University Challenge mug after taking part in the event.
It was held at Durham University’s Queen’s Campus Stockton.
Maureen Bunter, from Hartlepool Sixth Form College, said: “Our students took part in the University Challenge event on February 26, this is an annual event that takes place at Durham University’s Queen’s Campus Stockton.
“The event took place in the Ebsworth building and comprised of University teams, teams from local sixth form colleges as well as community teams.
“The students were very competitive in taking part in the quiz rounds and in total there were 12 teams.
“Team HSFC were up against St Leonards, Carmel RC School and John Snowdon College.
“Although we were knocked out in the first round our team were one bonus question - worth five marks - from getting into the semi-final.
“We were pipped to the post by Carmel RC school.
“Our students must be congratulated for their efforts and the physics and chemistry tutors would be proud.
“They were awarded with certificates and a University challenge mug.”