James Chip Moore
The North Greenville University quiz bowl team traveled to Columbia, S.C., on Oct. 2 to compete in the Early Autumn Collegiate Tournament at the University of South Carolina. The NGU quiz bowl team took second and third place trophies with wins over Wofford College, University of South Carolina and their fellow crusaders.
“It was really cool to be able to compete against teams like Wofford and USC and actually do well. I’m very glad to have participated with NGU in this tournament,” said Jordan Parris, sophomore outdoor leadership.
The tournament consisted of questions testing contestants’ knowledge in literature, history, science, fine arts and other academic areas.
A quiz bowl is a more intense version of Jeopardy. Typically, quiz bowls consist of 20 “toss up” questions which any player on either team may “buzz in” to try to answer. Answering a toss up question earns a team a chance to get extra points on a bonus question, which typically has three shorter parts. Most tournaments are scheduled so that teams play 10 to 15 games.
Quiz bowls are played on many levels of competition from middle schools to “masters” difficulty. On the college circuit there are a dozen tournaments every year. Many of these tournaments take place at regional sites all over the United States, Canada and Britain. The most competitive teams compete in a national championship tournament twice a year.
“Going beyond practice to compete against other teams was great. You get a glimpse into what other schools’ students are learning. It really puts your education into perspective,” said Darrell Wright, senior biology.
Finishing with a 5-4 record, the B team avenged a loss to Wofford by winning over the Terriers 200 to 120 in the fifth round. The B team had the best bonus of the tournament, answering more than half of the questions offered to the team on topics such as anti-trust law, Alexander Solzhenitsyn and the Jamestown colony.
The students that made up the B team are Jason Fleming, sophomore history; Jordan Parris, sophomore outdoor leadership; and Matt Williamson, freshman accounting.
Travis Lively, junior accounting; DoRinda Williams, junior interdisciplinary studies; and Darrell Wright, senior biology, made up the A team, which also had a 5-4 record and placed third.
They swept the team from USC, winning all three matches between the two schools. The final game was won with a five point margin from a final question about authors from India.
Williams was the second highest scorer of the tournament, averaging 37.78 points per game. Williams’ average is the highest average for any NGU player in the five-year history of the team. For her impressive performance, Williams was awarded an iTunes gift card.
Oct. 16 is the next date that the quiz bowl team will be looking forward to. They will host the sixth annual Crusader Cup, a high school tournament, which traditionally attracts schools from North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. The next intercollegiate tournament is scheduled for Nov. 6, 2010. The Academic Competition Federation Fall tournament will be hosted by USC again.