ROSEMONT, Ill. – Over the weekend, Evergreen High School, Pettisville High School, and Swanton 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.
All three Fulton County schools competed in the Traditional Public Schools Division.
Evergreen finished 6-4 in preliminary competition to advance to the playoffs. Consecutive victories over Calument, Michigan 260-115, Pettisville 175-150, and Athens, Illinois 315-195 cliched the spot. In the playoffs, they fell to eventual fifth place finisher Macomb, Illinois, 430-165, and West Point (Alabama), 250-225, but still placed 25th overall.
Evergreen team members included captain Adam Dumas, Kamryn Ruetz, Katie Wheeler, Emma Fritsch, Augie Tipping, Owen Cromly, Chandler Ruetz, Jacob Baranowski, Trevor Cobb, and Jacob Blanchard. They were coached by Bill Blanchong.
Pettisville’s A team just missed out on the playoffs with a 5-5 finish. The B team finished with a 3-7 record.
Pettisville participants included Zachary Basselman, Levi Myers, Aaron Rupp, Heath Waidelich, Luke Young, Mayzie Clark, Dominic Heising, Lyla Heising, Jacob King, Madelyn Krueger, Peyton Miller, Dalton Myers, Austin Rearick, and Matt Rupp. They were coached by Rebecca Dorosz.
Swanton was captained by Haiden Gombash and Seth Rains, who were joined by Riley Bellner, Thomas Chonko, Brady Lemons, Natalie Newman, Haylee Pelland, and Colton Santchi. The team was coached by Josh Eppert.
They finished the preliminary rounds with a 4-6 record, but came up short of qualifying for the playoffs.
The Traditional Public Schools Division champion was the A team from Glasgow High School Glasgow, Ky. Ottawa Hills placed third.
The Open Division champion was the A team from The Miami Valley School Dayton, Ohio.
The 2019 Small School National Championship Tournament’s (Traditional Public Schools Division) field featured 80 teams from 20 states.
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.