Desert Vista and Corona del Sol have qualified to compete with the best of the best at the National Academic Quiz Tournaments
(NAQT) 2017 High School National Championship Tournament (HSNCT) to be held May 26-28 in Atlanta.
The DV Thunder placed first in three of their four tournaments, including at the January Arizona Quizbowl Invitational. Juniors Vinayak Parthasarathy
and Connor Greig
and seniors Brandon Jiang, Hannah Fuchs, Jeremy Chao
, Sang Bo Yoon, Jaeyong Kim
and Kai Yin
are now headed to nationals. They are coached by Desert Vista Math teachers John Cook and Francoise Dastous. (Students pictured front row L-R: Connor Greig, Hannah Fuchs, Vinny Parthasarathy; back row L-R Jaeyoung Kim, Sang Bo Yoon, Jeremy Chao, Brandon Jiang)
The Aztecs team of sophomores Vinay Pattalachinti
and Sameer Vij
, and juniors Daniel Farr
and Harrison Bradley
placed third at the Arizona Quizbowl Invitational and were recently informed by the NAQT organization that they have qualified the national tournament. They are coached by Science teacher Sarah Blechacz. (Students pictured L-R: Harrison Bradley, Sameer Vig, Daniel Farr, Vinay Pattalachinti)
"I am so proud of our Quizbowl team this year and the hard work they have been doing. They have been practicing twice a week and studying independently the entire school year," said Ms. Blechacz. "The individual commitment they have shown to achieve the group goal of qualifying for Nationals is really impressive and I am excited to watch them continue to improve and compete on the next level."
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, sports, and popular culture.
The defining feature of quiz bowl is the use of a “buzzer system” (or, more formally, a “lockout device”) that lets players interrupt the reading of a question when they know the answer. That element adds a dimension of confidence, anticipation, and rapid recall to what is primarily a game about knowing facts. Those “tossup” questions are answered individually, but doing so earns one’s team a chance at a multipart “bonus” question. Bonus questions are worth more points and allow collaboration, but are generally more difficult.
NAQT was founded in 1996 by a group of former players. Those competitors — including several national champions — are now college professors, high school teachers, lawyers, engineers, software developers, physicians, and research scientists who make time to promote and improve the fast-paced question-and-answer game that was an important part of their lives.