After many rounds of fast-paced buzzes and rapid responses, the Andover Quiz Bowl Team placed sixth overall in the Massachusetts National Academic Quiz Tournaments (NAQT) State Championship at MIT two weeks ago on April 11, qualifying for two more national competitions scheduled to take place in Washington, D.C., and Chicago, IL., later this year.
In an interview with The Phillipian, Cindy Ling ’15, President of the Quiz Bowl team, said, “Our main goal this year was to qualify for the nationals, and it is a huge accomplishment for us. I am really proud of my teammates. We came a long way, especially considering that this is our first year having the club on campus.’
At the tournament, eight students from the Andover Quiz Bowl team divided into two smaller teams to compete against seven other teams in their respective brackets.
The members of the A team were Anna Cambron ’18, Tucker Drew ’17, Atlas Kinzel ’16 and Piper Winkler ’17. The B team was comprised of Eric You ’18, Sam He ’17, John Koobatian ’17 and Cindy Ling ‘15.
Winkler said, “We have a really great team dynamic… we are so encouraging toward each other, work so well together and support each other so much during competitions.”
The Quiz Bowl club was established this year by Gabriel Blanchard ’16, Drew, Tyler Lian ’16 and Ling.
Ling said, “We thought there should be more academic competition teams on campus. I really missed the experience of being on a team where we can bond over shared interests.”
On June 6 and 7, the Quiz Bowl team will travel to take part in the NAQT High School National Championship in Washington, D.C., where a total of 97 teams will compete.
“This is the largest scale competition we have ever gone to. I think it is really cool to know that we will be representing Andover there… I am really proud of my teammates.
Unfortunately, I have Commencement during the weekend of the competition so I will not make it to the competition itself, but I hope my team does well and send my best wishes to them,” said Ling.
Although the Quiz Bowl team qualified for the other national tournament in Chicago, the team will not attend because the maximum number of teams able to compete in the tournament has already been exceeded.
The team meets every Monday night in the China Room in the Oliver Wendell Holmes Library.
Tyler Lian is a Commentary Editor for The Phillipian.