DALLAS, TX — On the weekend of May 28 Northmont High School joined 271 of the top high school Quiz Bowl teams at the Hilton Anatole for the 2016 High School National Championship Tournament to determine who was the best.
The team was captained by Kara Combs, who was joined by Anna Fox, Brendon Jenkins, and Rachel Tracy. The team was coached by David Jones.
Northmont was one of 17 Ohio teams competing at the national championship.
Northmont finished the preliminary rounds with a 6-4 record, which qualified them for the playoffs.
There were some tense moments. Northmont defeated DuBois from Pennsylvania by the narrow margin of 220-195 during round 9.
Northmont’s path to the playoffs wasn’t easy. They were on the brink of elimination when they defeated Indiana Area from Pennsylvania in round 15 to stay alive. Northmont’s shot at the title ended when they lost to Quince Orchard from Gaithersburg, Maryland in round 17.
Northmont High School finished in 77th place.
The tournament champion was the A team from Hunter College High School of New York, New York.
The 2016 HSNCT field featured 272 teams from 38 states.
Quiz bowl is a competitive, academic, interscholastic activity for teams of four students. 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.
National Academic Quiz Tournaments, founded in 1996, organizes the premier 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.