Quiz-bowl team takes first place at Wyoming Area tournament

The event qualifies the team for the national championship in Washington D.C.

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Gabe Jenceleski, Student Writer

 

 

 

On Saturday, February 23, the Greater Nanticoke Area Quiz Bowl team competed in several qualifying rounds against teams put forth by Wyoming Area to gain a 1st place victory by the end of the day, with the three highest-scoring students all originating from Nanticoke. Noah Krubitzer, Liam Carcieri, Gabe Jenceleski, William Kanjorski, and Andrew Stratton competed throughout the day, with Daniel Shevchenko contributing every other round. Maya Davison and Lance Jenson acted as reserve members for observation.

Nanticoke’s Quiz Bowl group has been running a successful but quiet season, having scored above the top third of teams in their last three events. History-specific games and questions have been their focus during practices and testing sessions, with a goal of national-level eligibility and competitiveness set in stone. After a 2018 inaugural campaign designed to familiarize the players with the Bowl’s format, the team competed in WVIA’s Scholastic Scrimmage televised series, progressing until it won the local bracket.

This has been Nanticoke’s second attempt at finishing in first place at this specific event, with last year’s team returning with a seventh-place victory at the conclusion. This time, five rotating players contended in a bowl format, with four of those students competing in a per-person History Bee round. In addition to scoring first in the overall bracket, the first three places in the History Bee category were also taken by Nanticoke students, with Krubitzer placing first, Carcieri second, and Kanjorski third.

The Nanticoke team hopes to return to the NAQT Nationals competition in Washington D.C. in April, and is excited to continue routine practice and testing in the meantime to prepare for more challenging questions and opponents. Each student has studied to specify in a particular area of history, with some players opting to work towards American history and others instead preferring European, Asian, or African history.