Washington High School joined 350 of the top high school quiz bowl teams this past weekend at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis for the 2018 High School National Championship Tournament to determine who was the best.
WHS sent two teams to the 2018 HSNCT. The A team consisted of Jonathan Amlong, James Collier, Carrie Derner and Ryan Hill. The B team included Kaleb Burr, Audrey Bush, Marcie Lampe and Elise Thierbach.
The teams were coached by David Dennis, who were assisted by Jacob O’Rourke and Angel Young.
There were 15 teams from Missouri.
Washington A finished the preliminary rounds with a 5-5 record. Washington B finished the preliminary rounds with a 4-6 record.
The A team suffered a narrow loss to Wayzata B from Plymouth, Minn., 255-240 during round 4 and suffered another close loss to Landmark Christian from Fairburn, Ga., 150-140 during round 5.
The B team defeated St. Louis Park A from Minnesota by the narrow margin of 125-120 during round 3 and defeated Northville from Michigan 140-115 during round 19.
Washington A’s shot at the playoffs ended when they lost to East Brunswick from New Jersey in round 19.
Washington B was on the brink of elimination when they defeated Providence B from Charlotte, N.C., in round 7 to stay alive. Ultimately, they lost to Norfolk Academic Guild A from Virginia, ending their shot at the playoffs.
The A team finished in 159th place.
The tournament champion was the A team from Plano West Senior High School of Plano, Texas.
The 2018 HSNCT field featured 352 teams from 35 states, Canada and China.
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.