For a third straight year, a team from Burnsville High School qualified to compete at the National Academic Quiz Bowl Tournament on May 27-29 in Dallas, Texas.
Les Moffitt, at center, with the quiz bowl team in Dallas
Eleven students qualified to participate, but the team took 12 players who were then divided to make additional teams (only four players can participate at a time). Participants included Blake Andert, Amy Crawford, Matthew Fischer, Mitchel Fischer, Alyssa Ford, Connor Hume, Ben Moe, Jacob Moe, Griffin Rozek, Nick Schatz, Trang Truong and Connor Van Dorpe.
Burnsville A was led by senior captain Mitchel Fischer, who placed 70th overall in scoring out of 1,308 students. Mitchel was the second overall scorer from Minnesota with a total of 48.83 points per 20 toss-up questions heard. Other A team members after preliminary rounds on Saturday included juniors Blake Andert (22.54) and Connor Van Dorpe (9.39) and sophomore Nick Schatz (17.37).
Results from the tournament can be found here.
Typically, there are 272 spots at nationals, said Moffitt. Two years ago, the BHS team finished in 202nd place and last year the team placed at 162nd.
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 team is now raising funds for next year's tournament, which will be held in Atlanta in 2017.
A t-shirt of the team, which has a student-drawn illustration of Moffitt, is being sold to help fund the team's trip. The cost is $14 for sizes S-XL ($20 for a name added to the back). Please add $2 for sizes 2XL-4XL. Orders are due by Friday, June 3. Contact Kendra Vogt or Les Moffitt if you have any questions. The team thanks you in advance for your support.
Please use the following link if you would like to order a shirt: