The USN middle school Quiz Bowl team traveled to Gallatin for a Middle School tournament on Saturday, March 9 and enjoyed some small success.
Two teams competed: 7th graders Evan Brandon, Alex Lomis, Evan Mukherji, Kunal Nikam, Mara Russell, and Cooper Standard; and 8th graders Zach Babat, Zachary Bressman, Dhruv Khetarpal, Matthew Lewis, Alex Morgan, and Conor Rork. The morning round robins went VERY well for the 8th grade team (5-0) but proved more challenging for the novice 7th graders (0-5).
Fortunately, the tournament organizers broke the standard afternoon single-elimination tournament into two flights, one comprised of top teams and the other of novice teams. This provided the 7th graders with the opportunity to redeem themselves--and they DID. The 7th grade team WON the novice tournament. Congratulations!
On the other hand, though the 8th grade team faced much stiffer competition in their tournament, every single member contributed excellent answers in some close matches to finish the day with an 8-0 record. Amazing!
Of course, these victories are due to USN teachers' efforts in the classroom. As one unnamed (if loquacious) 8th grader was heard to comment, "I guess I should have been paying more attention in Dr. McCoy's class," but that easily applies across the board.
En route to meetings with other school heads in truly snowy Boston, I yield this column to a colleague. Steve Smail, our web guru and resident auteur, offers reflections on next week's Centennial Movie Night centerpiece.