Quiz Bowl buzzes towards success

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From left: Senior Ted Birkofer, freshman Tyler McStravick and seniors Joseph Nemec and Josef Lawrence compete at the first tournament of the year. Due to an excellent second place finish there, the team has already qualified for nationals.
From left: Senior Ted Birkofer, freshman Tyler McStravick and seniors Joseph Nemec and
Josef Lawrence compete at the first tournament of the year. Due to an excellent second
place finish there, the team has already qualified for nationals.

The Eagle’s famous Quiz Bowl Team was founded back in 2012 by two brilliant seniors, Joseph Nemec and Josef Lawrence, and with the help of history teacher Grover Green ‘04, they have built a very dominant team in only three years.

As of right now, there are 17 team members and the program is constantly on the rise. They have managed to qualify for state each year, and, in fact, they have made it to the nationals the last two years. To reach this elite and difficult stage, the team is required to win a tournament.

The Quiz Bowl Team is nothing to joke about. It was ranked in the top five teams in Texas and Texas itself is considered a powerhouse state within the Quiz Bowl community across the country.

“We expect nothing other than to win state and place in the top 25 at nationals.”

-Tim Birkofer, Senior

It is an academic competition played by two teams of four players each. The contest consists of 20 questions, each worth between 15 and -5 points, depending on when you answer it. The -5 points are given if the team gets the question wrong.

The topics of these twenty questions can cover any subject. If a team answers a question correctly, they get a set of three bonus questions, for 10 points each.

As for this year, the team’s expectations are higher than ever before. Even though they lost a couple of excellent seniors, the team is still stacked. Captains Lawrence and Nemec will be the dangerous weapons in the mix.

Green is stressing building up the team for this year. They have some outstanding freshman this year, as well as several excellent sophomores returning to the roster.

The team has stepped up their recruiting efforts from the underclassmen, but they are still in need of more qualified members. They need students who enjoy learning beyond the subject and want to compete on the next level of academic performance.

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