There were no weakest links in the High Point Central (HPC) Quiz Bowl team when they competed in the National Championships late last month.
Without “ask the audience,” “fifty : fifty” or “phone-a-friend,” the students from High Point Central were at home among the best quiz minds in the country. They even managed to “daily double” their total number of points from last year’s competition.
With a grant from the Principals’ Fund for Student Needs, the 13 HPC students were one of seven North Carolina high schools that made their way to Dallas for two complete days of questions on almost every topic imaginable.
Team member Gray Austin finished in the top 30% of individual scorers and finished in the top 350 out of 1309 High School competitors!
On day two of the tournament, the quiz team participated in an Acronym IX pop culture tournament. This is a tournament open to all levels of participants; even college teams including their teachers and coaches.
HPC finished in the top seven of all High School teams competing. A phenomenal achievement for such a new team.
“We are very proud of all of our young people and how well they performed!” said High Point Central Mathematics teacher and Quiz Coach, Amy Steinbruegge. “As the coach of this awesome group of kids, I cannot say thank you enough for the help of the High Point Community Foundation. You afforded us the opportunity to give 13 young people an experience many would not have otherwise gotten.
“High Point Central got national exposure for the second year in a row, and our younger players gained valuable experience that will help carry us into next year. Our senior leaders will be hard to replace, but the kids are already looking to what the upcoming season has in store for them. It’s inspiring to see these young people step up, take pride in academics, and help show everyone what Central has to offer!”