The Early College at Guilford Wins State Quiz Bowl
Team takes first place in academic competition Saturday
Contact: Nora Shoptaw (336) 370-8386
If you know who defeated New York governor Horatio Seymour and newspaper editor Horace Greeley to become commander-in-chief of the armed forces, you might have something in common with the Quiz Bowl team from The Early College at Guilford, which took first place in the state tournament this weekend.
The Early College team finished with a perfect 8-0 record and a championship score of 440 points, more than double that of second-place finisher North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. The Early College at Guilford was the only GCS school to compete at the tournament.
Presented by the North Carolina Association for Scholastic Activities and the North Carolina Academic Team Association, Quiz Bowl pits two teams of four players against each other to be the first to buzz in and correctly answer questions read by a moderator. The winning team consists of seniors Kiel Williams (captain), Herbert Mehnert and Whitney Zhou; junior Zachary Thomas; sophomores Gareth Fowler and June Williams and freshman Manu Gargeya, who rotated throughout the competition. The team is coached by math teacher Paul Smith.
The Early College at Guilford will take two teams to the national tournament in Atlanta on May 27-29. And if you knew that Ulysses S. Grant was the general in question above, congratulations. To further test your knowledge, tune in to Time Warner Cable’s Carolina On Demand channel starting later this week to view the final matches from Saturday’s competition.
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