New Orleans Phase 2018
Alabama Wins Both High School Events
The Altamont School Triumphs in Varsity Division,
Gadsden City High Takes JV
Edmonson County Middle School (KY) Goes 8-0 in Junior Division
Semifinalist Clinton High (MS)
In the 9th annual Junior Varsity division play at the National Academic Championship, Harrison (IN) advanced to the New Orleans finals and they faced Gadsden City (AL). Gadsden was edged in last year’s JV finals by Altamont, 315-300, but this year they won the last match, 350-190, finishing with an 8-0 record.
Gadsden City, New Orleans JV champ
New Orleans MVP
Who Wants to Be a Game Show Host?
Another edition of our "reality show," WHO WANTS TO BE A GAME SHOW HOST? was conducted. Students (graduating seniors) were invited to audition as moderators, and coaches played the game. Students understood the event to be a real audition for a job as one of the moderators at next year's Nationals. This year's winner was Sierra Sutton from Cardinal Spellman (NYC).
A Fond Farewell
Perennial contender Pingry School’s (NJ) Coach Malla Godfrey is retiring. She achieved various successes during her ten years at the helm, including QuizNet national championships; winning New Orleans and advancing to the National Academic Championship finals in 2015; to the semifinals in 2016. We’ll miss her and wish her all the best
Washington Phase 2018
NEW JERSEY WINS BOTH VARSITY & MIDDLE SCHOOL DIVISIONS
Chatham High & Warren in Middle School Triumph
Rosa Parks (KY) Wins Elementary div.
Emmaus (PA) takes JV
Chatham (NJ) advanced to the final game in DC last year, defeated by Wayzata (MN). Their road to the final match in 2018 saw them enter the playoffs seeded 4th. They then defeated Biotech (NJ) 400-240, and edged No. 1 ranked Hastings A (NY) 315-280. Meanwhile, Brebeuf Jesuit, part of that powerful Indiana bloc, beat Ledford (NC) 385-270 and Chatham B (NJ) 345-210.
Chatham led 55-35 after the first period. Controlling four of the five bonuses, Chatham extended that lead to 125-75. Brebeuf Jesuit advanced 60-30 in “Sixty Seconds” on the Mystery category; Chatham advanced 70-30 on Classical Music. They won the game by a score of 330-200.
All three Chatham teams celebrate their victory
Emmaus (PA) defeated Smith Station (AL) in the last JV game 300-185. Emmaus has the distinction of being the first three-player team ever to win any NAC event.
A Fond Farewell
Chicago Phase 2018
University School of Indiana Wins Chicago
Detroit Jesuit Takes JV
Harding Academy (AR) Wins Junior Division
Hawken (OH) repeats as Chicago Elementary winner
The Indiana team moments after victory
The Bexley Scoring Machine set an all-time record for hiatus: last seen at Nationals in 1993
In the 9th annual Junior Varsity division play at the National Academic Championship, University of Detroit Jesuit advanced to the Chicago finals and then faced Zionsville (IN). Thanks to their sweeping of the PETER AND THE WOLF bonus, in which they were asked to identify celebrity narrators; and sweeping their Sixty Seconds category, STATES, Jesuit defeated Zionsville, 330-190, finishing with an 8-0 record.
Detroit Jesuit, Chicago JV champ
The most exciting game of the Chicago playoffs was the first-round match between perennial powerhouse Daviess County (KY) and newcomer Canton (SD). Canton is the first South Dakota team ever to make the playoffs. They led the Kentucky team 60-25 after the “Warm Up Round.” It was all Daviess County in the Bonus Round, and they took a commanding 170-85 lead after sweeping the JOHN BROWN, MATH TERMS, and FINISH THE TITLE bonuses. Canton mastered the “60 Seconds Round,” and trailed only 215-230 after sweeping the HISTORY’S VILLAINS category. In the final period, Canton promptly took the lead on Geography: “These two countries were formerly connected by a chain of limestone shoals called Adam's Bridge. Name the two countries closest to the Maldives, to the northeast.” (Ans. India and Sri Lanka) On the next question, the Kentucky team retook the lead on Ancient History: “The son of a member of the priestly aristocracy and, through his mother, related to the royal house of the Hasmonaeans, he turned himself over to the Romans during the First Jewish Revolt and was kept alive, because he prophesied that Vespasian would become Emperor. He later became a Roman citizen with the family name Flavius. Who was this historian, the author of The Jewish War and Antiquities of the Jews?” (Ans. Josephus) The teams were tied at 250 after Canton got this Jazz question: “Ray Nance and Billy Taylor wrote a dirge-like arrangement for violin and piano for this piece, which was played at the funeral of its composer and the bandleader who made it his signature tune. The lyrics usually mention Sugar Hill, a historic district in Manhattan that was home to wealthy African-Americans in the 1920s and 1930s. What Billy Strayhorn song, performed by Duke Ellington, is about transportation to Harlem?” (Ans. “Take the A Train”) Daviess County moved into the lead yet again on Religion: “He killed Ravana, the king of Lanka, who had kidnapped his wife and returned to the Ayodhya Kingdom to claim his crown. That story is told in a Sanskrit epic that bears his name. Who is this husband of Sita, considered, along with Krishna, one of the most significant avatars of Vishnu?” (Ans. Rama) Canton tied it up yet again on Mythology: “This indefinite pronoun is an important part of the Odyssey. After escaping the Lotus-Eaters, Odysseus and his men are captured by Polyphemus. Odysseus tricks the Cyclops by telling him that his name is what?” (Ans. Nobody) The game was tied at 270 at the final bell! The first overtime question: “India has cut royalties that local seed companies pay to what huge agrochemical company for the second time in two years, potentially fueling another conflict with the American company that threatened to leave the region in 2016?” Daviess County knew it was Monsanto and won the game. But Canton proved itself a contender for “Rookie of the Year” honors.