CIS students to compete in national Academic Bowl event

May 25, 2017

CIS students to compete in national Academic Bowl event 

In just its second year of existence and for the second year in a row, Columbia Independent School’s middle school Academic Bowl team qualified for the national championship, which was held in Dallas, Texas, May 13-14. CIS sent two teams to the competition, as both the 7th and 8th grade teams each qualified separately.

In Academic Bowl, also known as “quiz bowl,” teams of four students compete by buzzing in to answer questions in subjects such as language arts, science, math, popular culture and more.

To qualify, teams must finish in the top 15% in a National Academic Quiz Tournament event. Teams that finish in the top two at state events automatically qualify for the national tournament. The only other Missouri teams to qualify for and attend nationals was West Middle School in Columbia and Washington Middle School in Washington, Missouri.

CIS Academic Bowl coach Lisa McClary, who teaches middle school social studies, organized the Academic Bowl team for the first time last year and was thrilled by the students’ early success. They qualified for the national tournament last year, where they competed the first day.

This year, the goal was for one team to win five rounds the first day, which would put them in the playoffs the second day. 

“Our students are so bright, and so cohesive. They really support each other, and that’s key to building a strong program at CIS,” McClary says.

While only eight students on CIS’ two qualifying teams traveled to Dallas for the national tournament, the school’s program boasts more than 30 members in grades 6-12. McClary expects the popularity of Academic Bowl to continue growing in response to the success the team has enjoyed the past two years.

Click here to read the results from the competition!