With its championship win at the Tuscumbia Fall Middle School Academic Tournament, the Scholar Bowl team members from Washington Middle School proved themselves worthy to play on a national stage.

WMS will send two teams to the 2017 National Academic Quiz Tournaments’ Middle School National Championship being held May 12-14, in Dallas, Texas.

The A team will consist of Kaleb Burr, Samantha Doepker, Michael Lampe and Zach Miesner. The B team will consist of Silas Clements, Evan Courtaway, Max Grimes, Katlynn Miller, Harsh Patel and Hayden Thiemann.

Both teams are coached by David Dennis.

Tournament results will be updated throughout the three days of competition at http://www.naqt.com/stats/tournament-teams.jsp?tournament_id=7399 so everyone can follow along and see how the team is performing.

The Middle School National Championship Tournament tests students on their knowledge of history, science, literature, fine arts, geography, the social sciences, current events, and more.

Quiz bowl is a competitive, academic, interscholastic activity for teams of four students. It is the national version of the game that is often locally called Scholar Bowl.

Quiz bowl teams use buzzers to answer questions about science, math, history, literature, mythology, geography, social science, current events, sports, and popular culture. The matches feature a blend of individual competition and team collaboration, since no individual player is likely to be an expert in all subject areas.

Participation in quiz bowl both reinforces lessons from the classroom and encourages players to develop new intellectual interests.

Washington has attended the Middle School National Championship Tournament five times before, most recently in 2016, when its two teams each finished 4-4.

Last year’s tournament saw 160 of the top middle school teams from across the United States visit Atlanta. Middlesex Middle School from Darien, Conn., won the championship on the last question, defeating Longfellow Middle School of Falls Church, Va.

Washington Middle School may face familiar foes in Dallas, as Columbia Independent and West (from Columbia) also will be attending.