ROSEMONT, Ill. — On the weekend of May 4, Branford High School joined 151 of the top quiz bowl teams from small public high schools at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare for the 2019 Small School National Championship Tournament to determine who was the best.
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.
Branford’s team, in the Traditional Public Schools Division, was captained by Trevor Collins, who was joined by James Corbin, Dawson Hall, Kaleb Major and Luke Ramsey. The team was coached by Karen Koon.
Branford was one of three Florida teams competing at the national championship.
Branford finished the preliminary rounds with a 4-6 record.
There were some tense moments.
Branford defeated Champion from Warren, Ohio, by the narrow margin of 155-150 during Round 5 and defeated Commerce (Ga.) 215-195 during Round 11.
Branford was on the brink of elimination when it defeated Commerce to stay alive. Unfortunately, the Bucs lost to Danville (Ky.), ending their shot at the playoffs.
The Traditional Public Schools Division champion was the A team from Glasgow (Ky.) High School. The Open Division champion was the A team from The Miami Valley School in Dayton, Ohio.
The 2019 Small School National Championship Tournament (Traditional Public Schools Division)'s field featured 80 teams from 20 states.