The Van Wert High School Quiz Bowl team is gearing up to finish the second half of their successful season for the 2018-2019 school year. The Quiz Bowl team has been practicing diligently since August 27, 2018 with their ninth appearance at a Quiz Bowl tournament scheduled for Saturday, January 26. The team’s season will culminate on May 3, 2019 at the WBL Tournament, marking their fifteenth tournament of the season.
Quiz bowl tournaments are set up much like Jeopardy with two teams of four players competing to answer questions by ringing in first and providing the correct answer. A round begins with 30 questions in topics such as literature, math, government, fine arts, and science. This is followed by an alphabet round of 20 questions where all answers start with the same letter. Each correct answer earns a bonus question, which the other team cannot answer. Finally, a round concludes with 20 toss-up questions of any topic with no bonus questions. Students prepare by studying facts on a variety of topics above and beyond what they learn in the classroom.
The 2018-2019 VWHS Quiz Bowl team consists of 15 players ranging from freshman to seniors. Typically, Van Wert will have at least two teams compete at each tournament. Van Wert hosted a quad meet in October where they finished as runners up, with the JV team taking first place for the division. The high school team continues to perform well, placing mid-pack for large tournaments with 20 or more teams. Natalie Schreiber earned First Team All-Tournament by finishing in the top 10 players of two of the larger tournaments.
The VWHS Quiz Bowl team competed in the National tournament in 2016 and looks to be on track for another national tournament appearance in the near future. Any high school student that wishes to participate is welcome to be a part of the team which is formed in August. Students may join mid-year in order to begin practicing but will likely not compete until the following school year.
Row 1 L-R: Anna Cassidy, Natalie Schreiber, Ethan White, Keigen Martz
Row 2 L-R: Meghan Jensen, Liliya Mukhamejanova, Kaylee Jennings, Sophie Rutkowski, Will Ogden
Row 3 L-R: Madison DeAmicis, Katie Hauter, Emma Rutkowski, Miss Anita Zuber
Row 4: Cadence Bowen
*Not Pictured: Alisha Terhark, Elizabeth Rutkowski
The Middle School Quiz Bowl team competes January – May each year, with students required to try out in December to be a part of the team. This year’s traveling team includes seven 7th graders and ten 8th graders, pictured below.
FRONT L-R: Sebastian Kreischer, Will Davis, Delilah Belasquez, Chloe Dettrow, Andrew Klewer, John DeAmicis
MIDDLE L-R: Lyndsey Heath, Peyton Shepherd, Mackenzie Jones, Clayton Mosier, Olivia Rutkowski, Ashlyn Jennings
BACK L-R: Miss Anita Zuber, Gideon Montgomery, Travis Francis, Kelby Blythe, Piper Pierce, Emma Letson, Naiomi Negrete, Gage Bolenbaugh
*Not pictured: Gracie Mull, Zoe Coleman, April Scott
The Van Wert High School Quiz Bowl team is coached by Anita Zuber, Van Wert Middle School English/Language Arts teacher. This is her seventh season coaching High School Quiz Bowl, and her seventeenth season coaching Middle School Quiz Bowl.