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.
Quiz bowl is a game in which two teams compete head-to-head to answer questions from all areas of knowledge, including history, literature, science, fine arts, current events, popular culture, sports, and more. Questions are answered in two different ways, with individual players buzzing in to answer “tossup” questions and team members being able to work together to answer “bonus” questions.
The Eagle Ridge team consisted of 7th grader John Goettl and 8th graders Erik Gorton, Allan Habiger, Jasper Strayer and August Tinklenberg. The Nicollet team included 8th graders Davin Alt, Calvin Hume, Keegan McDevitt, Cameron Passon, Alex Stanek and Carter Stuart.
At the championship, both teams finished with three wins and five losses in the preliminary rounds, falling short of qualifying to compete in the playoffs.
Erik Gorton was the top individual scorer among all District 191 students, finishing 59th out of nearly 1,000 students who participated in the tournament.
“It was awesome to see how much fun they were having and how well they represented their schools and our district,” said Coach Les Moffitt. “It was especially nice to see the kids from different schools interacting and building friendships that can continue and grow next year.”
Three teams from Burnsville High School have qualified to compete at the High School Quiz Bowl Nationals, which will take place May 25-27 in Atlanta.