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VWHS Quiz Bowl team qualifies for national competition
Members of the Van Wert High School Scholastic Bowl team will be traveling to Rosemont, IL to compete in the National Academic Quiz Teams (NAQT) small school tournament April 29-May 1. The tournament includes 80 high schools from across the country with an enrollment of 500 or less in grades 9-12.
The team qualified by placing 1st in the Small School Division at the Columbian Exposition Scholastic Bowl Tournament, a regional competition held in Tiffin, OH in October, said Anita Zuber, advisor for the VWHS team. There were 18 teams from Northwest Ohio, including Toledo, Findlay and Dayton at the competition.
“I am very proud of the team’s efforts and accomplishments this year,” said Zuber, who has been advising the team for four years. “They have worked very hard to earn their spot at nationals, becoming the first team in Van Wert history to make it this far in academic competition.” There are 14 students on this year’s team, she added.
Principal Bob Priest stated, “Quiz Bowl is one of those organizations that many people never see. These students work very hard, and put in an excessive amount of time. It is impressive! Obviously, it is paying off. Here in Ohio, they have earned much admiration and respect, and now it is exciting to see how we fare nationally. This is just another example of the success that is occurring at VWHS!”
“It is a huge honor that we can represent our school in a national competition, and we are all excited to go and compete with other schools, and we hope that our hard work pays off,” said Brock Berry, 17, junior at VWHS. “I’m so excited to see how we can compete on a bigger scale and how we hold up to competing with schools from all over the country.”
“We play in over 15 tournaments each year”, Zuber said. Some are large tournaments with schools from all over Ohio and some are smaller area events. At the Sidney Tournament, the team placed third, losing a tough match to Northmont, winners of the 2015 state Ohio Academic Competition. Most recently, the team finished second at the Van Wert Tournament and first at the Lima Bath Tournament.
“The students are very dedicated to the team and their hard work to improve has put Van Wert on the map for Ohio Scholastic Competition,” Zuber said.
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