High School's quiz bowl team brought home the school's first tournament victory since 2014 with an undefeated performance at the Cookeville Cavalier Invitational. Congratulations to team members Emily Wykoff '22, Frederick Rudolph '23, Isaac Spiller '24, Ophelia Cherry-Pulay '25, and Rohan Ramachandran '25 on their success.
By Pat Miletich & Allena Berry, HS Quiz Bowl Sponsors
After three consecutive tournaments of making the top playoff bracket and falling short, USN's quiz bowl team finally broke through to win at the Cookeville Cavalier Invitational.
Emily Wykoff '22, Frederick Rudolph '23, Isaac Spiller '24, Ophelia Cherry-Pulay '25, and Rohan Ramachandran '25 traveled to Cookeville to compete against schools from Tennessee and Kentucky. The squad responded to questions from topics including Civil War history and computational math as well as contemporary hip-hop and the adventures of Don Quixote.
The team started the morning 5-0 in the preliminary bracket and continued its success in the afternoon playoff round with clutch victories over Brentwood, Edmonton, and finally Gallatin to clinch an undefeated 10-0 day and first place.
Additionally, Rohan placed second individually, and Frederick placed 10th. The team’s banner day was USN's first all-subjects tournament victory since 2014, and students' average score of 21.91 points per bonus set a school record. USN qualified for the National Academic Quiz Tournaments Small School National Championship in April and the more prestigious High School National Championship in May. Please congratulate these Tigers for their achievements.
The National Merit Scholarship Program honors students who through their PSAT scores show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies. Congratulations to Owen Block, Jonathan Chung-Bruehl, Edward Crane, Geofrey Friedman, Abigail Green, Josh Jacobs, Luke Kim, Walker Lindsey, Riya Narayan, Auldyn Plant, Simon Rosenblum, Frederick Rudolph, Els Shepard, Ryleigh Thor, and Sheerea Yu.
Our independent school was recognized among regional and national public relations agencies and multinational corporations with four Parthenon Awards for the nine-month campaign “Renewing Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at USN,” which culminated with the 2021 DEI Report.