TIPP CITY — With its strong finish at the University High Invitational, the quiz bowl team from Tippecanoe High School proved themselves worthy to play on a national stage. On May 26, the team will represent their school in a national competition testing their knowledge of history, science, literature, fine arts, geography, the social sciences, current events, and more areas of study: National Academic Quiz Tournaments’ High School National Championship Tournament.
Quiz bowl is a competitive, academic, interscholastic activity for teams of four students. Quiz bowl teams use buzzers to answer questions about science, math, history, literature, mythology, geography, social science, current events, sports, and popular culture. The 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.
Tippecanoe has attended the High School National Championship Tournament 10 times before. Most recently, in 2016, they made the playoffs and finished in 77th place.
Last year’s tournament featured 272 of the top high school teams from across the United States, with Hunter College High School of New York City defeating Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology of Alexandria, Virginia in overtime in the finals by a score of 400-355. This year’s competition will again feature 272 teams. Tippecanoe may face familiar foes in Atlanta, as Beavercreek, Miami Valley (from Dayton), and Northmont (from Clayton) will also be attending.
The team will be captained by Michael Vestey, who will be joined by Carsten Benge, Ben Chronister, and Ethan Wendel. The team will be coached by Joe Bellas.
Tournament results will be updated throughout the three days of competition at http://www.naqt.com/stats/tournament-teams.jsp?tournament_id=7400 so everyone can follow along and see how the team does.