ROSEMONT, Ill. – Over the weekend, Swanton High School joined 151 of the top quiz bowl teams from small public high schools at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare for the 2019 Small School National Championship Tournament to determine who was the best.
The team, in the Traditional Public Schools Division, was captained by Haiden Gombash and Seth Rains, who were joined by Riley Bellner, Thomas Chonko, Brady Lemons, Natalie Newman, Haylee Pelland, and Colton Santchi. The team was coached by Josh Eppert.
Swanton was one of 27 Ohio teams competing at the national championship.
Swanton finished the preliminary rounds with a 4-6 record.
There were some tense moments. Swanton defeated South Range by the narrow margin of 160-140 during round 10.
Swanton was on the brink of elimination when they defeated South Range to stay alive. Unfortunately, they lost to Westmont from Illinois, ending their shot at the playoffs.
Evergreen also competed, finishing 6-4 in preliminary competition to advance to the playoffs. In the playoffs, they fell to eventual fifth place finisher Macomb, Illinois, 430-165, and West Point (Alabama), 250-225.
Evergreen team members included Kamryn Ruetz, Katie Wheeler, Emma Fritsch, Augie Tipping, Adam Dumas, Owen Cromly, Chandler Ruetz, Jacob Baranowski, Trevor Cobb, and Jacob Blanchard.
The Traditional Public Schools Division champion was the A team from Glasgow High School Glasgow, Ky. The Open Division champion was the A team from The Miami Valley School Dayton, Ohio.
The 2019 Small School National Championship Tournament’s (Traditional Public Schools Division) field featured 80 teams from 20 states.
Quiz bowl is a competitive, academic, interscholastic activity for teams of four students. Quiz bowl teams use buzzers to answer questions about science, math, history, literature, mythology, geography, social science, current events, sports, and popular culture. The matches feature a blend of individual competition and team collaboration, since no individual player is likely to be an expert in all subject areas. Participation in quiz bowl both reinforces lessons from the classroom and encourages players to develop new intellectual interests.