For a third straight year, a team from Burnsville High School has qualified to compete at the national high school quiz bowl championship tournament, which will take place this year on May 27-29 in Dallas, Texas.
The BHS varsity (A) team qualified as a result of their success in the St. Olaf invitational on Oct. 30 when the team finished fourth overall -- the best a BHS team has ever finished in a large open invitational, according to Les Moffitt, the team’s advisor. There were 49 teams total at the event and standings can be viewed: https://www.naqt.com/stats/tournament-teams.jsp?tournament_id=6959.
Typically there are 272 spots at nationals, said Moffitt. Two years ago, the BHS team finished in 202 place and last year the team placed at 162.
The BHS A team is comprised of senior Mitchel Fischer, juniors Blake Andert and Trang Truong, and sophomore Nick Schatz. The BHS B Team had six participants and missed playoffs by just one victory (they needed four and were 3-3 overall). B Team was headed by seniors Ben and Jacob Moe, juniors Edward Dominguez, Connor Hume and Griffin Rozek, and sophomore Matthew Fischer.
The BHS C Team went winless but faced six consecutive varsity teams. Members are juniors Sabirina Dauid, Connor Van Dorpe, Daniel Duea, Mason Young, Kit Chow and Alyssa Ford.
Quiz Bowl involves students answering challenging general knowledge questions as quickly as they can in competition with other high school students during a season that lasts from November to March.
Mitchel says the Burnsville High School team’s diversity -- with members being experts in varying areas -- was key to their success. His own strengths are in history, geography and physics. Other teammates are strong in math, music and science. Mitchel is an avid reader of nonfiction and says that’s an advantage with Quiz Bowl. He likes Quiz Bowl because it boosts thinking skills and opens players up to so many more subject areas. “Quiz Bowl questions cover it all,” he said, “even pop culture.”
The next tournament for BHS Quiz Bowlers is RAT-RACE (the Really Awesome Thumb-Racing Academic Competition Event) on Saturday, Nov. 14 at Eastview High School.