Danville quick recall team qualifies for national tournament

Published 6:31 pm Thursday, April 25, 2019


News release

With its strong finish at the Tippecanoe Academic Challenge (XXIII), the quick recall team from Danville High School proved themselves worthy to play on a national stage. On Friday, May 3, the team will represent their school in a 143-team national competition: National Academic Quiz Tournaments’ Small School National Championship Tournament.

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Quiz bowl is a competitive, academic, interscholastic activity for teams of four students. It is the national version of the game that is often locally called quick recall. 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.

Danville has attended the Small School National Championship Tournament five times before.  Most recently, in 2018, they made the playoffs and finished in 23rd place.

The SSNCT is the only quiz bowl national championship pitting small schools against each other. It has one division containing non-selective public schools with 500 or fewer students in their top three grades, and another division for other schools with 350 or fewer students in their top three grades. Last year’s tournament featured 96 public-school teams and 64 charter- and private-school teams from across the United States. Glasgow High School from Kentucky won the public-school championship for the second year in a row, and the Early College at Guilford of Greensboro, North Carolina, won the open division title.  Danville may face familiar foes in Rosemont, as Glasgow and Middlesboro will also be attending.

The team, in the Traditional Public Schools Division, will consist of Sofie Farmer, Eli Gooch, Benjamin Link, Timmy Oxley and Emma Webb. The team will be coached by Rob Kremer.

The team comes in with some nationals experience: Sofie Farmer, Eli Gooch, Benjamin Link and Timmy Oxley played the 2018 Small School National Championship Tournament; and Eli Gooch played the 2017 and 2018 tournaments.

Tournament results will be updated throughout the three days of competition at www.naqt.com/stats/tournament/standings.jsp?tournament_id=9502 so everyone can follow along and see how the team does.