Quiz Bowl Students Keep Focus on Academics

quiz bowlColumbian High School wins 30th annual high school Quiz Bowl League tournament

Members of what is now the 18-school Seneca / Wyandot / Put-in-Bay / Sandusky / Crawford High School Quiz Bowl League met on Thursday, December 10, 2015, at Heidelberg University for its 30th annual double-elimination tournament.

Thirty years ago Susan Hubay, Gifted / Talented Coordinator from the Educational Service Center of that time, invited high schools from Seneca and surrounding counties to a Quiz Bowl tournament, the first ever in the area. The winner, Calvert High School, went to state, and area teams, under her leadership, organized into a league with a regular season that ended with an annual tournament. Quiz Bowl in the state has become so popular that now League and tournament winners advance to one of the six regionals across the state instead of immediately going to state.

The day at Heidelberg for the teams started with the presentation of trophies to the three top schools in each of the local League’s three divisions. In the North Division, St. Joseph Central Catholic (7-2), Calvert (also 7-2), and Ross (5-4), were the top three trophy winners. Clyde, Old Fort, and Put-in-Bay complete the roster of North Division teams. In the Central Division, the top three winners were St. Wendelin (9-0), Seneca East (8-1), and Hopewell-Loudon (6-3). The other Central Division teams are Bridges Community Academy, Fostoria, and North Central Academy. Columbian (9-0), Mohawk (7-2), and Upper Sandusky (4-5) led the South Division schools. Buckeye Central, Carey, and New Riegel finish the roster of South Division teams.

In the tournament, wins were fairly widespread with 13 of the 18 teams winning at least one match. Columbian had come out on top in all its matches this year. That did not change in the tournament. They were the only team to remain in the top bracket and handily won the tournament. North Division teams, Ross and Clyde, third and fourth respectively in their Division, both played strongly through the consolation bracket, but in the semi-final match, Clyde won over Ross. Ross was the winner of third place of both the tournament and their Division and Clyde was the winner of the trophy for second place in the tournament.

Columbian, with its double titles; St. Joseph Central Catholic, a first time trophy winner since they joined the League, winner of the North Division; and St. Wendelin, winner of the Central Division, will participate in the Northwest Ohio Academic Regional Competition (O.A.C.) on Saturday, April 16, 2016, at Findlay High School. Regional winners and runners-up advance to the state championship in Columbus Saturday, May 7, 2016.

For more information, contact Kendra Nelson, League co-coordinator:

Kendra Nelson
NCOESC Gifted Education Coordinator
928 West Market Street, Suite A.
Tiffin, Ohio 44883