The Herberger Young Scholars Academy Quiz Bowl Team qualified for and attended the National Academic Quiz Tournament High School National Championship Tournament in Atlanta, Georgia over the Memorial Day weekend.
As described by volunteer coach Madhu Lakshmanan: “This was a wonderful experience for the team and highly motivating. They played a lot of close games - 4 of their 10 qualifiers were decided by 10 point margins or less (1 question). I think everyone learned a lot of matchplay strategies for next year.”
Herberger ended up 110th out of 272 high schools. They were also the top school with an all Freshman team.
Team member Omkar won a rising star individual award for his performance.
The team, as a whole, was also recognized for their friendliness and fairplay, which was a consistent theme throughout the season at other tournaments.
Coach Lakshmanan continues: “They won all of their scrimmage and consolation bracket matches, even against really tough opponents, so their confidence is high. We have high hopes for next year.”