Exeter competes in national Scholar Bowl championship

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

On the weekend of April 29, Exeter School joined 125 of the top quiz bowl teams from small public high schools at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Rosemont, Ill., for the 2017 Small School National Championship Tournament to determine who was the best.

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.

Exeter was one of 17 Missouri teams competing at the national championship, and finished preliminary rounds with a 4-5 record.

The team spent four games on the brink of elimination, but  defeated Waterloo from New York; Cumberland from Toledo, Ill.; and North Miami from Denver, Ind., before falling to Lathrop, ending their shot at the playoffs.

In the Traditional Public division, the team was captained by Jarrett Brattin, who was joined by Quartny Allen, Rebecca Barton, Andrew Blake, Madelyn Cole, Emalee Davis, Jordan Eagan, Kamerin Newman, Casey Oxford, Kelsey Stringer, and Caleb Tucker. The team was coached by Michael Pisanti and Mary Walker.

The Traditional Public division champion was the A team from Glasgow High School Glasgow, Ky. The Charter and Private division champion was St. Mark's School of Texas Dallas, Texas. The 2017 SSNCT (Traditional Public) field featured 96 teams from 20 states.