Members of the GFA Quiz Team participated in the Lower Hudson Region of the History Bowl & Bee this afternoon. Co-captains Win Courtemanche '20 and Zach Rothwell '20, and Oliver Kennon '21 comprised the varsity team; Antara Ghai '22, Alexander Valbuena '22, and AJ Tenser '23 comprised the JV team.
This tournament featured four varsity teams that finished in the top 80 in the U.S. last year and some of the top individual players in the country, so GFA had to bring its figurative "A-game" if it wanted to extend the school's streak of qualifying for the National History Bowl to ten consecutive years. This is the tenth year that the History Bowl has been in existence, so GFA is among the "founding fathers" of this tournament.
The varsity team finished the day at 3-2, making the quarterfinals in the process, which earns them the right to compete at Nationals in April in Washington, DC. One of the team's losses was in a tiebreaker to undefeated Darien student, and one of the best players in New England, and the second loss was by the equivalent of one question, as was the quarterfinal defeat. The JV team gained some valuable experience in playing close matches throughout the day.
In the History Bee, which is a separate tournament for individual competitors, both Courtemanche and Rothwell qualified for the National History Bee, finishing tied for 5th place after the preliminary rounds. In one of the more exciting playoffs, Courtemanche rallied on the last question to force a four-way tie for the silver medal. Although hardware will not be brought back to GFA, it was still "mission accomplished" for the Quiz Team.
Join the fun! If any students would like to participate in Quiz Team on any level, a number of opportunities remain for this year. To find out more information, please see Mr. Matte during Quiz Team lunches Mondays and Thursdays.