Fourteen members of the CIS Middle School Academic Bowl team traveled to Chicago on May 11-12 to compete in NAQT’s Middle School National Championship Tournament. There were 176 teams from 24 states and South Korea.
The CIS A team took 13th, the B team finished 78th (just out of the playoffs), and the C team finished 132nd. The 13th place finish was the highest finish ever for any middle school team in Missouri, improving on A team’s 21st place finish at last year’s nationals. CIS was by far the smallest school in the top 20, and one of the smallest at the tournament.
Nationals is the highlight of the year for those who take their quiz bowl seriously. To attend, teams must finish in the top 15% in a qualifying tournament, which guarantees a high level of competition. CIS has sent one or two teams to nationals in each of the four years of the program’s existence. This is the first year that CIS qualified three teams in the same tournament. Three other Missouri schools sent teams to nationals this year but none made it to the playoffs on Sunday.
The CIS A and B teams have had a very successful season, taking first and third in three Missouri tournaments and second in a fourth. The team, which consists of 21 players in 7th and 8th grade, practices all year long.
Taking three teams to nationals would not have been possible without the hard work of the players and the support of the parents and teachers who made our fundraising tournament possible. Special thanks goes to Tammy Berneking who served as chaperone and assistant coach of the C team, and Steven McClary who did the same for the B team.
A team members: Yogev Angelovici (captain), Neha Kodali, Asher Lidsky, Teague Whitney
B team members: Sam East (captain), Anish Ganga, Zane Kuhlmann, Sophie Lietzan
C team members: Elijah Elliott (captain), Emily Berneking, Carter Fairlamb, Eli Johnson, Graham Turner, Sebastian Velez