Burnsville High School Quiz Bowl team competed in the 15th annual Siouxper Bowl Quiz Bowl Tournament at the University of Sioux Falls on Oct. 20. The A team crushed their opponents, going 10-0 to win the championship. It was a huge success for the Burnsville program.
Burnsville A, led by seniors Will Trussell and Zander Gorton, junior Chance Persons and sophomore Joe Schatz, outpaced their opponents to ultimately win the championship. Joe finished the tournament with two personal trophies, one as the top scoring sophomore student and the other as the overall top scoring student in the tournament. Will and Chance finished at eighth and 17th overall, respectively, while Zander finished 44th out of 68 students.
Burnsville B, led by junior Kevin Hoang, sophomores Wyatt Isakson, Nate and Luke Trussell, and freshman Erik Gorton, also finished the morning rounds undefeated at 6-0. In playoffs, Burnsville B won their first three rounds to advance to the championship, where they lost 300-295 to Burnsville A. Nate and Wyatt each won an individual trophy as the tournament's third and sixth overall scorers, respectively. Erik finished as the eighteenth overall scorer and won a trophy for being the highest scoring freshman in the tournament. Lastly, Kevin placed thirtieth while Luke placed thirty-sixth.
Burnsville C, led by sophomore Carson Picard and freshmen Emmerson Drayton, Jasper Strayer, Carter Stuart and Alex Stanek, finished the preliminary rounds with a 4-2 record against many of the other participating schools' varsity teams. Entering the playoffs with a seventh seed and dispatching their first round opponent, Burnsville C faced Burnsville B and lost, ending their day in a tie for fifth place. Carson, who played in his first ever quiz bowl tournament, finished as the tenth overall scorer, which was quite an achievement. His teammates finished in the following order: Carter (23rd), Alex (26th), Jasper (33rd), and Emmerson (38th).
Burnsville A and B teams earned an invite to the High School National Championship Tournament in Atlanta next May.
Teams finishing in the top 15 percent of tournaments typically earn a championship berth. This will mark the fifth consecutive year that Burnsville will compete for the national title.