Exeter Scholar Bowl team to compete in national championship

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

With its championship win at Southern Missouri Battle of the Brains, the Scholar Bowl team from Exeter R-VI School proved themselves worthy to play on a national stage, and on April 28, the team will represent their school in the National Academic Quiz Tournaments Small School National championship tournament, testing their knowledge of history, science, literature, fine arts, geography, social sciences and current events.

The national competition will take place at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Rosemont, Ill.

Quiz bowl is a competitive, academic, interscholastic activity for teams of four students. It is the national version of the game that is often locally called Scholar Bowl. Quiz bowl teams use buzzers to answer questions about science, math, history, literature, mythology, geography, social science, current events, sports, and popular culture.  The matches feature a blend of individual competition and team collaboration, since no individual player is likely to be an expert in all subject areas. Participation in quiz bowl both reinforces lessons from the classroom and encourages players to develop new intellectual interests.

This will be Exeter's first time attending the Small School National Championship Tournament.

The SSNCT is the only quiz bowl national championship pitting small schools against each other. It has one division containing non-selective public schools with enrollments 500 or fewer in their top three grades, and another division for private schools and charter schools with enrollments 350 or fewer in their top three grades. Last year's tournament saw 80 of the top small school teams from across the United States visit Chicago, Ill. The Advanced Math and Science Academy of Marlborough, Massachusetts won the championship over Macomb High School of Macomb, Ill. Exeter may face familiar foes in Rosemont, as Gainesville and Sparta will also be attending.

The team, in the Traditional Public division, will be captained by Jarrett Brattin, who will be joined by Quartny Allen, Rebecca Barton, Andrew Blake, Madelyn Cole, Kamerin Newman, Casey Oxford, Ethan Robbins, Kelsey Stringer and Caleb Tucker. The team will be coached by Michael Pisanti and Mary Walker.

Tournament results will be updated throughout the three days of competition at http://tinyurl.com/lzfg2e9 to see the team's progress. 

National Academic Quiz Tournaments were founded in 1996, and organize middle school, high school, and college quiz bowl championships in North America. In addition to its national championships, NAQT provides questions to invitational tournaments, league championships and television shows throughout the year. NAQT operates out of the Twin Cities and Kansas City, but its members mentor coaches, host tournaments, volunteer their services and share their expertise across the United States.

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