With its strong finish at the South Central Ohio League Quiz Bowl, the quiz bowl team from Clinton-Massie High School proved themselves worthy to play on a national stage.
On April 28 the team will represent their school in a national competition testing their knowledge of history, science, literature, fine arts, geography, social sciences, current events, and more areas of study at the National Academic Quiz Tournaments’ Small School National Championship Tournament.
Quiz bowl is a competitive, academic, interscholastic activity for teams of four students. Teams use buzzers to answer questions, and matches feature a blend of individual competition and team collaboration, since no individual player is likely to be an expert in all subject areas.
Participation in quiz bowl both reinforces lessons from the classroom and encourages players to develop new intellectual interests.
Clinton-Massie has attended the Small School National Championship Tournament three times before, most recently in 2016, finishing 4-5.
The SSNCT is the only quiz bowl national championship pitting small schools against each other. It has one division containing non-selective public schools with enrollments 500 or fewer in their top three grades, and another division for private schools and charter schools with enrollments 350 or fewer in their top three grades.
Last year’s tournament saw 80 of the top small school teams from across the United States visit Chicago. The Advanced Math & Science Academy of Marlborough, Massachusetts won the championship over Macomb High School of Macomb, Illinois.
Clinton-Massie may face familiar foes in Rosemont, as Greenfield McClain, Miami Valley (from Dayton), and Waverly will also be attending.
The team, in the Traditional Public division, will be captained by Alex Hudson, who will be joined by Noah Adams, Cole Isaacs, Lukas Whittamore, and Evan Wright. The team is coached by Gil Farr.
Tournament results will be updated throughout the three days of competition at www.naqt.com/stats/tournament-teams.jsp?tournament_id=7402 so everyone can follow along and see how the team does.