Students from Eagle Ridge and Nicollet middle schools in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 competed at the national Quiz Bowl championships May 11-13 in Chicago. The teams qualified for nationals based on their results in local tournaments throughout the school year.
Burnsville High School junior Will Trussell has earned quite the distinction for himself. He received a perfect score of 36 on the ACT exam, an accomplishment that less than 0.1 percent of students nationwide obtain.
The ACT is a curriculum-based achievement exam consisting of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science. Each test is scored on a scale of 1-36. The composite score is the average of the four test scores.
What’s even more astonishing is that Will took the test just one time and didn’t really prepare for it.
Burnsville High School senior Victor Sanchez Villegas has been selected to receive a full four-year scholarship to Columbia University in New York City next year worth over $200,000. The scholarship covers the cost of attendance, including tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, and travel expenses.
Columbia is among Ivy League schools, which are generally viewed as the most prestigious and highest-quality in the world.
Six teams represented Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 in a Quiz Bowl tournament at Shattuck-St. Mary's on Nov. 11 and each team finished in the top 10 of their respective divisions with two qualifying for national championships, according to Coach Les Moffitt.
Burnsville High School Quiz Bowl tied for 41st place at its fourth consecutive National Academic Quiz Tournaments (NAQT) High School National Championship in Atlanta over Memorial Day weekend.
Quiz Bowl teams are new this year at the three middle schools in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 and recently teams from Metcalf and Nicollet middle schools competed at the EMERALD (Edgewood Middle Entirely Raucous Academic Learning Decathlon) tournament hosted by Edgewood Middle School in Mounds View.
“We had an excellent showing and I'm exceptionally proud of our participants,” said Coach Les Moffitt. “I love watching our students compete against and defeat other schools!”
Burnsville High School secured its second South Suburban Conference Quiz Bowl Championship Feb. 23.
Les Moffitt, at center, with the quiz bowl team in Dallas
The Burnsville High School Quiz Bowl team continues to be a prominent player in the quizzing circuit, and it is quite evident by the success they’ve had in tournaments in January and early February.