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.
With final Forest Days and fourth grade's capstone, kayaking adventure in the books, Lower School Naturalist Teacher Lauren Hagan takes a look back at year of soul-awakening time spent outdoors and in wonder. Continue reading for a glimpse at all the Young Naturalist Program entailed this academic year.
During a reception to honor outgoing Director Vince Durnan, the Board of Trustees presented him with a proclamation, shared $1.5 million in new gifts have been added to the need-based scholarship endowment named in his honor, and christened the heart of the school the Durnan Auditorium.