Quiz Bowl Heading to Nationals

From Issue 7

(L-R) Andrew Lott, Wesley Roberson, quiz bowl coach Mr. Nathan Devine, Robert Wasson, and Alex Reichle.

The Jackson Prep quiz bowl team is once again concluding another great year of competition. The team, sponsored by 12th grade English teacher Nathan Devine, will be traveling to New Orleans at the end of May to compete in the national competition.

The team consists of Juniors Wesley Roberson and Robert Wasson, and Sophomores Andrew Lott and Alex Reichle. They have achieved many accomplishments on the way to nationals. They came in first in the Madison Central and Mississippi College Competitions, and were second overall in the MAIS. The team is able to compete in the national competition as a result of their victory at Mississippi College.

Prep quiz bowl has competed in many different locations throughout the year including Murrah, Ole Miss, Hinds Community College, and in Memphis. They feel that their primary rivals this year has been Saint Andrews and Madison Central.

Quiz bowl competitions work by bringing in 30 or 40 teams to a location where two teams of four will face off at a time. For most  of the rounds, anyone can answer the questions by using the buzzer. But on the bonus rounds, teams will work together to solve a more difficult question.

Each year, the quiz bowl team names a captain of the team based on the amount of questions correctly answered by a student. Wesley Roberson is this year’s captain, which means that he moderates for Prep whenever a bonus question is asked.

Students that participate in quiz bowl have a great time competing in these events. Sophomore Andrew Lott says that he enjoys how quiz bowl is learning about facts that he is interested in while at the same time competing with other schools. He says that students ought to try out quiz bowl if they have a good general knowledge of academics and are able to piece things together.