CHS Quizbowl: Onwards and Upwards

The Carrboro High School Quiz Bowl team, led by coach and captain Tejaz Ajit, competed in the State tournament this year on Saturday, March 17.

Quiz Bowl is a competition in which two teams attempt to answer the most questions correctly over the course of two ten question halves with an alloted overtime period in the event of a tie.

Questions can be based on science, history, literature, fine arts, current events, pop culture and sports.

Qualifying for States is one of the many accomplishments that the CHS Quiz Bowl team has achieved as they have also qualified for Regionals and Nationals, and several players on the team have placed in the Top 10.

In addition to performing well, the team has improved away from the competition.

“Putting stats aside, I like to think that we have learned a lot, and that we have put together teams that work very well together and are diverse enough to be able to get all the questions we can,” said Ben Gerhardt, member of the team.

In order to prepare for States, the team held weekly meetings in which they read and answered previously-asked questions. In addition, team members studied individually to be better prepared in their specialized areas.

Favorite moments of the team’s included the Halloween tournament, in which players competed wearing costumes to celebrate the holiday, and Regionals, where the team came within fifteen points of beating one of the strongest teams present.

“Quiz Bowl is very competitive, but we have kept strong relationships with the schools in our area, and we have done our best to compete in our most pressing rivalries,” said Gerhardt. CHS placed fourth at the State tournament this year, moving up three places from last year.

The team had a very competitive matchup with North Carolina School of Science and Math (NCSSM) in the playoff round, loosing 205-300 after aquireing an impressive lead at the half.

“I believe our preparations for playing against the best schools in the state, has given us the experience we need
to improve our game for Quiz Bowl nationals,” said Tejaz Ajit, team captain.

The national tournament will take place in Atlanta over Memorial Day weekend this May. The club hopes that continued success there will encourage more people to join the Quiz Bowl team.