Quiz Team triumphs in Northmont
The Quiz Team participated in the annual NACT today.
The Varsity team of seniors Greg Lim, Larry Stosman, and Joe Knadler, and sophomore Brett Seifried made it to the semifinals. After the qualifiers, the team was №1 in terms of points earned.
At the time of posting, I do not know the final results. I will report them as soon as possible.
The Junior Varsity team of yours truly, sophomore Sean Barber, freshman Ed Kelly, and
another freshman whose name I unfortunately do not know, finished the qualifiers second only to our Varsity team (obvously, that was a joke; we finished first at the JV level). Undefeated in the qualifiers against Carroll, Northridge, Tipp City–Tippecanoe, Amelia, Little Miami, and McNicholas (by a wide margin), we played McNicholas (the only other undefeated team) in the finals, and were exempt from semifinals.
In the first round, against Carroll, I answered two questions correctly. One of them was a Fine Arts question:
Michelangelo sculpted the first major classical statue during the Rennaissance after this popular Biblical figure:(Answer)
In the second round, against Northridge, I answered a number (four?) of questions correctly, including the following:
What nitrogeneous base is found in RNA, but not in DNA?(Answer)
In Shakespearean tragedy, who murdered the Scottish king Duncan to ascend to the throne?(Answer)
What state was named after the Spanish word for “colorful?”(Answer)
What is the scientific term for the area between a complete shadow and the complete absence of a shadow?(Answer)
I think I answered some stuff in the other rounds (against Tipp City–Tippecanoe, Amelia, and Little Miami) too, but I can’t remember them.
In our usual humility, we strove to be Team B every single time, but we were Team A twice, including during the finals against McNicholas. Oh well, we still won. A McNick team member actually pointed out to us that this is actually GCAL superstition, so all the “good” teams, as he put it, call “B.” On a related note, I saw GCAL organizer Mr. Sunderhaus at the tournament, though I don’t know why; the GCAL is independent of the Northmont tournament.
In all, I found this tournament worthless. It’s mostly public schools, most of which really aren’t that good. (I mean, they didn’t even have a chance against our pedestrian knowledge of literature!) We and McNicholas are the only GCAL teams in this tournament (I think Roger Bacon dropped out a year or two ago). In addition, they’re engaged in false advertising. They said that, for a price “almost as low as the state tournaments,” we’d…
- …get a complimentary breakfast
- We had to pay for it. And it was Krispy Kreme – yuck! (Okay, Kreme lovers, flame me…)
- …meet friendly people
- The only “friendly” thing the organizers did was hold open the door for me.
But there’s more! A lot of the JV rooms didn’t even have buzzer systems in them, so we had to resort to the paleolithic practice of saying team A/B and raising our hands!
And lunch? In previous years, they had pizza and Subby subs, which were very good. And this year? They had pizza again, but you had to pre-order them. That was stated in fine print on the cardboard menu taped to the breakfast table, mind you.
But they also had “walking tacos.” Only one of us knew what those were: a bag of Fritos, opened up (how do you tell if someone tampered with it), with taco beef and cheese in it. Tasted good, but hardly the kind of stuff you’d pay extra to get into the tournament for.
Oh yeah. They also delayed the tournament about 1½-2 hours, so they had to eliminate all the Alphabet Rounds, which made the categorized rounds so much more important, because the Lightening Rounds were only 10 questions each. How do you expect that kind of game to be interesting? I mean, in the GCAL, you get 20 Alphabet Round questions and 30 Lightening Round questions, so that the losing team can steadily make a comeback. That makes things interesting!
The Quiz Team plays McNicholas this Tuesday. And that must be the longest entry I’ve ever posted at In the Meantime.