By: Madison Smith, Contributing Writer
The Quiz Bowl team, coached by Dr. Andrew Darr and Mr. Andrew Reynolds, competed in the MOQBA Fall Tournament on December 8, 2018. Overall, they went 7-3 and were placed 14th in the tournament. Both coaches were pleased with the team’s overall performance and look forward to helping the teams improve this season.
This year’s varsity team consists of five students: Ben Ray, Jacob Bentlage, Caroline Million, Nicholas Gash and Dillon Dunn. The Junior Varsity team has seven members: Andrew Rish, Thomas Hudson, Anna Million, Ryan Miller, Isabella Buck, Tara Veazey and Connor Dollens. Dr. Andrew Darr, Quiz Bowl coach and CHS English instructor, has high hopes for the team: “I have full confidence in our ability to take Conference this year, and I hope to place in the top ten in many of the tournaments this Spring.”
Darr says with the loss of a few seniors last year, the team lost some expertise in a few subject areas, such as literature and art history; however, he has no doubt that the students on the team currently will fill in the missing gaps. Darr encourages the returning students to keep expanding their knowledge and leadership skills and the new students to work really hard.
Last year was Darr’s first year as a Quiz Bowl coach. The varsity team qualified for Nationals last season and ended the year 26th in the nation. Darr said, “Now that I have a year of experience under my belt, I look forward to incorporating more of my background in literature and drama into the team.”
Darr expects it to be a great year of competition and growth. He also cannot wait to see the team mature and prosper.
The Quiz Bowl home matches are held after school in the high school library and begin at 4:30 p.m. The remaining home competitions will be held on February 7 and February 21.
The team is also hosting the conference tournament this year, which will be held March 9, 2019. Dr. Darr will need a large number of scorekeepers and moderators to help make the event successful. Students, parents, teachers and staff members are welcome to help (no experience necessary).