Quiz Bowl Club
On Saturday, April 7th, the newly formed Berkshire Quiz Bowl club travelled to Storrs, CT to compete in the third annual Connecticut Invitational (CT INV III), hosted by E.O. Smith High School on the campus of the University of Connecticut. Due to the ever-increasing interest in the quiz bowl club, Berkshire was able to bring two squads, Team (A)pollo and Team (B)acchus, in a field of 14 teams. With questions ranging from “name this Czech composer of Jenufa” to “what material was used in the Geiger-Marsden experiment to disprove the plum pudding model of the atom,” and from “with grandson Charlemagne, who defeated the Moors at Tours in 732 C.E.” to “what city created by Moloch was the seat of Satan in Milton’s most famous epic poem,” the Berkshire teams performed very well. Like most quiz bowl tournaments, the CT INV III was a round-robin competition, with teams in each of two brackets competing against everyone else in their respective divisions, for a total of eight rounds. At the end of the regular rounds, Berkshire’s Team Apollo, in the tougher of the two brackets, won five and lost three, qualifying for the play-offs. Then, in the play-offs, Team Apollo lost to the first seed Hanover (NH) in single elimination, but finished in seventh place overall. Team Bacchus, participating in its first-ever quiz bowl tournament, fought hard all day and won one round. Notable individual performances included those of Unyime Udoh (V form) who finished in eleventh place, and Eliza Farley (V form) who finished in fourteenth place, in a field of 54 competitors.
Click here to read about the Quiz Bowl Club's recent competition at MIT. This article also gives a good overview of the club.
-- Evan Clary, English Department Chair and faculty mentor to the Quiz Bowl team