Chartiers Valley Quiz Bowl team headed to Chicago next spring for finals
Most know a lot about a little, but the Chartiers Valley students going to a national quiz-team competition know a little about a lot.
Seven students from the Chartiers Valley Quiz Bowl team will travel to Chicago next spring for the National Academic Quiz Tournaments, or NAQT, national competition after securing their spot with a third-place win at a University of Pittsburgh competition last month.
“We were all very determined, going into the competition at Pitt,” senior Himali Ranade said. “We knew we had to succeed to secure our spot at nationals. There was a little nervousness because we were up against tough competition.”
The team won first at the Carnegie Mellon University NAQT competition in October.
The team of Eamonn Bellin, Alex Chabala, Ranade, Greg Price, Shane Malachow, Cody Reinstadler and Matt Palmer will travel to Chicago on May 30 to compete against teams from across the country. The precise format of the competition will not be decided until closer to the competition, but teams generally play around 10 preliminary games the first day of the competition, and teams with a winning record at the end of the day advance to elimination playoffs on Sunday.
“Finding out our team made it to nationals was unbelievable,” Ranade said. “There will be teams from all over the country, and to be at a nationwide competitive level with them is exciting.”
Palmer, who ranked sixth overall in points at the CMU competition, said he is looking forward to the competition.
“It'll be a fun experience between the competition and the city itself,” he said.
The high school quiz bowl team is an interscholastic competition, with teams attending practices and competing against other high school teams at varsity tournaments. The tournaments can be based on the school's athletic conference, district, county or state.
Teams are read questions relating to math, science, literature, sports and popular culture, and the first team to buzz in with the correct answer gets the point.
Ranade said she enjoys the competitive nature of the team. She said her best subject areas are math, biology and chemistry. Her worst, she said, is geography.
“Being in many rigorous classes, I learn so much every day in school,” she said. “It's fun being able to use that knowledge outside the classroom.”
Megan Guza is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5810 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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